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Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages

Volume 9131 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 132-148

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Programming Microcontrollers in OCaml: The OCaPIC Project

  • Benoît VaugonAffiliated withU2IS, ENSTA ParisTech Email author 
  • , Philippe WangAffiliated withLIP6, CNRS UMR 7606, UPMC
  • , Emmanuel ChaillouxAffiliated withLIP6, CNRS UMR 7606, UPMC

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Abstract

PIC microcontrollers are low-cost programmable integrated circuits,consume very little energy, but are hard to program due to very little available resources. They are traditionally programmed using low-level languages (e.g., assembler or subsets of C), which provide very few safeguards if any. This paper presents the issues we had to solve to successfully port a modern multi-paradigm general-purpose programming language, which notably provides automatic memory management and strong static type checking, to this rather peculiar hardware.

Keywords

Microcontroller Virtual machine Programming language implementation OCaml Applications