|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.