[TUHS] History of popularity of C

Tyler Adams coppero1237 at gmail.com
Fri May 22 21:15:18 AEST 2020

Doesn't C++ also generate tight code and is fairly close to the metal?
Today C++ is the high performant language for game developers and HFT shops.

But, I never found it on any of these embedded systems, it was straight C.


On Fri, May 22, 2020, 14:09 <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:

> Tyler Adams <coppero1237 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So, now Im curious about embedded systems. In my limited experience,
> every
> > "embedded system" I programmed for from 2002-2011 had C as its primary
> > language. After 2011, I stopped programming embedded systems, so I don't
> > know after that. Why was C so dominant in this space?
> First of all, because C is the (almost) perfect language for embedded
> systems - tight code generated, language close to the metal, etc. etc.
> > Is it because adding
> > a backend to gcc was free, C was already well known, and C was
> sufficiently
> > performant?
> Cygnus Solutions (Hi John!) had a lot to do with this. They specialized
> in porting GCC to different processors used in embedded systems and
> provided support.
> Arnold
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