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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