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"W. Wesley Groleau x4923" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:35:59 -0500
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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.)

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....

Wes Groleau