Newbie questions about Pliant

Newbie questions about Pliant

Pliant for control or tiny computer systems

Is possible for the Pliant compiler to be downsized
for compiling on old machines with 16 bit adressing.
64kb code and data come to mind for old PC's or control
systems or even kernal development. Software developed
on large systems tend to have large overhead because
the developers have no mid sized models for development
but rather develop for larger systems. While I don't
expect a new langage would support paper tape as a I/O
device I don't see why 2 meg of kernal is needed for a
"hello world" program were a mid sized version could
handle mid sized jobs.
Message posted by ibm1130 on 2002/01/21 21:16:56
Can a small or tiny version of the Pliant language be developed
for older machines of control systems that have less than <= 256 kb
of memory?
Message posted by maybe Hubert Tonneau on 2002/01/21 22:48:40
Pliant will never be good for tiny computers (less than 16 MB or RAM),
and the reason is that it's a dynamic compiler, so it has to carry
all the development tools at any time.

For something like 256 KB of RAM, I believe that C is the best language ...
forever. And the reason is that you have a great control about all
generated instructions (each C instruction generates few machine code),
and in 256 KB, you won't fit a large project, so the capability of
the compiler to automatically generate some code in order to shrink
the source is not that important.
A Pliant cross compiler could do the trick, but once again, it would
not bring much since on a so constrained system, you want to keep tight
control, and that's basically what C brings.