there is a real thing to discuss behind all those stories, IMHO. Due to
pipelining issues the proper order of instructions in the instruction stream
becomes more important for modern hardware, and that is something that a human
coder cannot do as good as a good optimizing compiler can. So I believe that
ASSEMBLER programming will stay for some amount of time, because it is still
important to manage those old application systems that are still around and
working well, and it will continue to be important for some systems level work,
but for application programming and new development, the future is elsewhere.
Am Dienstag, 5. April 2011 12:57 schrieb C.M.:
> Since we're telling stories, this reminds me of a time in the early 1970s
> when IBM was "pushing" PL/I.
> I was in a technical support centre and a salesman called me in order to
> ask - presumably "pass on" - a question. He said that it was known that
> PL/I carried an "overhead" but "What was the "overhead" with assembler?".
> I answered with as much sympathy replacing the natural scorn as I possibly
> could! But now, having read this thread, I wonder if I gave the right