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From: Mike Page
Subject: Re: To C or not to C
Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 00:11:27 +0000
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 00:10:35 +0000
Michael Culley wrote:
> Thanks to everyone's help here my small project has progressed well. I now
> had a completed (although very messy) prototype. For those who didn't read
> my previous thread it is using an 8051 and a max232 to connect to a serial
> port. I'm doing this project with a friend and he prefers to use C while I
> prefer to use assembler. We have both written the software and both
> versions work the same with only minor differences. I can see 2 problems
> with using C. First, there is alot of extra assembly code added in that we
> don't know what it does, if this produces a bug it could be hard to track
> down. Second, it appears to use alot more of the rom. The assembler
> version is 757 bytes and the C version is 1508 bytes. About 350 bytes is
> text in both, so the C code is almost 3 times larger than the assembler
> version. The C version has had quite a few hours spent on it getting it
> down to 1500 bytes where the assembler version hasn't been optimised. 1500
> bytes seams like a huge waste when we only have 2k.
> What does everyone think, which is better C or assembler? We are using
> Michael Culley
One has a bug and the other doesn't. In an isolated, finished product, how
they were produced and how big they are is irrelevant.
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