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GeneralRe: The Thrill of 520kB of RAM Pin
Mike Hankey28-Nov-20 6:30
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honey the codewitch28-Nov-20 7:09
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Daniel Pfeffer28-Nov-20 6:58
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honey the codewitch wrote:
All these little skills I picked up coding in the 80s for getting things done without much to work with

I used to enjoy the bit-twiddling and extreme optimization, too. I still do, when coding for my own enjoyment.

OTOH, we are professional programmers. It is our duty to solve any problem in the quickest and cheapest way that meets the requirements.

Given two options:
  1. Use a low-powered system. Program it in C with all possible performance-enhancing tricks, with the risks associated with no memory management, etc. Completion expected in one year, with a high risk of delays.
  2. Use a higher-powered system. Program it in C++, C#, or Java, with powerful libraries and proper memory management. Completion expected in 6 months, with a medium risk of delays.
I would say that the equation of "time to market + risk" vs "development and production platforms" is not one that can be decided by us. In some cases (e.g. small runs or one-offs), the client will opt to throw hardware at the problem, and get a faster (and possibly cheaper in the long run) solution. In others (e.g. high volume production), the cost of the production hardware trumps everything. In still other cases (e.g. a demo for an expo), meeting the schedule is all important.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
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GeneralRe: The Thrill of 520kB of RAM Pin
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