The embedded development community/industry seems stuck in C. (I'm talking truly embedded here -- not Linux gumsticks, not "single board computers", etc.)
How about C++ with STL (but without vector and other containers that use new/malloc)?
Does this buy you anything?
There has to be an alternative to C. I wish it was Forth, but there doesn't even seem to be a Forth for Cortex.
I love C, but it doesn't scale very well (when it comes to abstractions and type safety).
How would generic programming (templates) look on an MCU? Would I be able to come up with a template that would let me abstract away SPI and UART code?
Is Embedded C++ (with templates) inevitable?
The prospect almost makes me want to buy this: http://www.digikey.com/scripts/dksearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=497-6049-ND&enterprise=12 (a Cortex M3 demo/devkit for < $40).