EasyC

EasyC is a programming language for the VEX Cortex.

EasyC is for the older VEX Cortex which is no longer competitve.

Platforms:

Windows

OSS (Partial)

  • VEX Supported

  • Native code compilation

  • 32- and 64-bit types

  • Partial multitasking

  • Proprietary libraries

  • Works out-of-box, built-in IDE

  • Superseded by Midnight C

EasyC is a programming language for the VEX Cortex. It initially appears to sport a drag-and-drop interface designed for beginners, but hides a full C text editor and compiler underneath that can compile to native code for the Cortex.

Features

  • Native code compilation (thus fast execution)

  • Built-in library is a good compromise between ease of use and granularity

  • VEX-supported with strong community following, especially among high school teams

  • IDE integrates firmware updates, code authoring, compilation, and flashing into one program

  • Extensive documentation and help files

Shortcomings

  • Not all C features are available, including pointers and the standard library. However, the early versions of Midnight C are completely backwards-compatible with EasyC and unlock said functionality

  • Not free and works only on Windows

  • Advanced C editor has been somewhat neglected and does not feature code completion

  • Flash utility does not cooperate with powered programming adapters.

  • Low-level code performance poor, with buggy library functions and unpredictable timing Jitter

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