embedded ARM support

Mike via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Mon Nov 9 16:52:39 PST 2015

On Monday, 9 November 2015 at 19:00:32 UTC, Taylor Hillegeist 

> Maybe I am wrong, But I believe that the low level community is 
> awaiting the release of GDC/LDC compatible with 2.067 DMD front 
> end. This will allow for volatile store/load. and hopefully 
> begin a new era of D micro programming. I'm sure this isn't the 
> whole story. but i get the feeling it is a major part of the 
> minimal micro-controller involvement.

Yes, there is much more to the story, but that was indeed a small 
part of it.  The nail in the coffin for me was 
https://issues.dlang.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14758, but even if that 
were to be addressed, there are other things that would keep me 
from further pursuing this.

As I explored using D for this kind of development, it became 
apparent to me that D was not designed from the start with 
minimalism in mind, so trying to use D for this kind of 
development, while possible, is like trying to put a square peg 
into a round hole (as they say).

If D is to attract the microcontroller community, it will need to 
find a way to modularize and reduce coupling between the compiler 
and the runtime.  Proposals to aid with this have, thus far, 
failed to gain support, or come with too many compromises.

I think D can be better applied to microPCs like the Raspberry 
Pi, BeagleBone Black, etc... where there are plenty of hardware 
resources, and all the features of the language may have utility.


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