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!