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From: "Dale Jr, William" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:37:54 -0800
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This is the reason I stopped subscribing to Embedded Systems.  They keep
sending it even though I check the cancel box.  Most of their "opinions" are
rubbish.  Fluff articles on debugging (over good design) and real-time Java!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: W. Wesley Groleau x4923 [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 6:36 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      How to choose a language
>
> Anyone looking for an opportunity for a "letter to the editor" ?
>
> Condensed version of an article in Embedded Systems, March 2000:
>
>    Some embedded systems developers think only assembly is appropriate for
>    embedded systems.  The rest think only C.  This is wrong--it's OK to
>    dismiss "other languages" without thought, but you should evaluate the
>    tradeoffs between C and assembly, and then choose C.  (Assembly will
>    always be at least as fast as C unless poorly designed but you should
>    still use C.)
>
        [Dale Jr, William]
        The target for this project is the PIC - I am not aware of any Ada
compilers that target this chip.
        Wish they did - it would be better than the "PIC Basic" used by the
BASIC Stamp and clones.
        Correct me if I am wrong.

> Unfortunately, the author IS the editor of the magazine.
>
> Jack Ganssle's column is also amusing.  Excerpt:
>
>    I suggested in November that pointers often aim at things they
>    shouldn't. ...  A couple of readers said that C may have problems with
>    data structures, but as long as you call functions that exist, the code
>    should never wander off.  Balderdash!  Regardless of language, code
>    crashes horribly for many reasons....
>
        [Dale Jr, William]
        See what I mean ....

> --
> Wes Groleau
> http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wgroleau
        [Dale Jr, William]



William L. Dale
 "'E'commerce is not life and death. If it was,
it would be coded in Ada." - Dean Esposito - Team-Ada
Thanks for the signature line, Dean!

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