Embedded Programming is Getting Rust-y

August 12, 2020 Perry Cohen

In this week’s edition of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss all of the new programming languages that have entered the embedded universe. This is in large part due to the convergence that IoT has created between IT and embedded developers. Are we getting to the point where we won’t use C language anymore? Or is it here to stay for good? 

Later, Nial Cooling, the CEO of Feabhas Limited, continues the conversation about embedded programming languages by weighing the advantages of languages like C against newer iterations of C++ and upstart alternatives like Rust. Where do all of these fit in the software engineering toolbox, and what are the implications of this low-level embedded programming on overall system cost?

Later, Technology Editor Perry Cohen interviews Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President of VDC Research, in a new segment, Tech Market Madness: Analyst Insights for Engineers.

Chris reveals just how many engineers are currently using C, C++, Python, Java, and other languages based on data from his company’s annual Voice of the IoT Engineer report. According to the study, more than 50 percent of developers have used C in past projects, while only 44.6 percent are using it currently and just 38.3 percent plan to leverage it in future designs. Meanwhile, the use of Python and Rust continues to rise.

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Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation in addition to podcast production. He also assists with the publication’s social media efforts which include strategic posting, follower engagement, and social media analysis. Before joining the ECD editorial team, Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university. He can be reached by email at <a href="mailto:perry.cohen@opensysmedia.com">perry.cohen@opensysmedia.com</a>. Follow Perry’s work and ECD content on his twitter account @pcohen21.

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