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Thursday, May 10 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Modern C++ in Embedded Systems

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For nearly 35 years I have been working with small processors and there has always been deep divides between practitioners of languages. When writing assembly we ridiculed those using C and when I spent years microcoding we scoffed at everyone. However, nearly all groups continue to wag their heads at the shameful C++ programmers attempting to twist their tools toward the small.

Recent language developments have made C++ the obvious choice for many embedded projects; nevertheless, the toxic environment extends past reddit roasts into poor vendor support of tools and nearly obstructionist chip manufacturers.

This session will use a bare-metal project started in 2018 for a Ciere client as a case study while we work through the decision process for using C++, the acrobatics required to support the language, recent language features that enable goals of size, speed, and expressiveness, and useful libraries.

While the examples will be based on a concrete project, the extracted lessons-learned should be applicable to many embedded projects (bare-metal and small-OS). Attendees will walk away with motivations to use C++ in embedded projects, hints and tips to making tools work, and a sampling of language features and idioms that improve the quality of a final product.

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Michael Caisse

Ciere Consulting
Michael Caisse has been crafting code in C++ for 30-years. He is a regular speaker at various conferences and is passionate about teaching and training. Michael is the owner of Ciere which provides Software Contracting services, C++ training, and Project Recovery for failing multidisciplinary... Read More →

Thursday May 10, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Flug Auditorium