I have always been interested in programming languages. The first one I used, way back when I was at university, was FORTRAN [4, not 77]. I then moved on to do a bit of assembly, BCPL, a few flavors of Algol, Simula 67, SNOBOL 4 – just about everything that was around at the time, except COBOL. Later, in the course of my career as a software engineer, I came back to FORTRAN and assembly, then Forth, RTL/2, Pascal, C, C++ and a bit of Java. Of course, at various times, some kind of BASIC must have featured in my portfolio.
I have often mused upon which language is best for embedded. With the possible exception of assembly, there is no ideal language, as they have all been designed for other purposes. The best bet seems to be C, which, if used carefully, gives the right balance between capability/flexibility and productivity. C++ has fair potential too, but has had a lot of bad press. So, I was interested to see publication of the latest research on the topic by VDC … Read the rest of this entry »