C++ on small micro-controllers

Small micro-controllers are a small :) but important subset of embedded systems. The traditional language for programming small micro-controllers is C, but C++ has much to offer beyond C in abstraction power, compile-time computation, and compile-time checks. But constrained resources and real-time requirements make the art of programming a small microcontroller significantly different from programming a larger system like a desktop PC. This talk highlights these differences and shows the consequences for the usability of C++ language features, library features, and programming practices, leading to the conclusion that C++ can be a valuable tool for programming small micro-controllers, but this is not the full C++ as you would use it on a larger system, and designers of libraries, language features and language implementations might (should?) want to take this into account.

Speaker: Wouter van Ooijen


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