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From: email@example.com (Rolavine)
Date: 25 Dec 2002 08:03:55 GMT
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
Subject: Re: Which basic compiler to buy?
For the PIC, PIC Basic Pro by Melabs is very good. It is Pascal like, no line
numbers or undeclared vars allowed. It is compiled and makes compact code that
uses a library of routines loaded into upper rom. This compiler outputs
assembly code so you can see how it is doing, or use it for debug. It puts in
lots of comments, puts in your basic code as comments, and uses a modified
form of your labels so you can follow the code in debug. I've used this program
for years and it has worked fine. Melabs is a great outfit and sells updates
for only $15. What is even better is that they make updates, and that they use
their compiler for actual engineering projects they do!
Basic PICs lack ram and stack. They are not good platforms for local vars or
functions. There are good C compilers for the PIC but I'm guessing that they
make use of library routines just like PIC Basic does. If that is the case than
it is the quality of the libraries that is paramount.
So isn't this an argument about what syntax you like the best? And considering
that I'm mostly bit banging and setting up and running internal blocks of the
chip what the heck is the difference?
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