Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:35:59 -0500
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....