RobotC is an interpreted C-like programming language available for the VEX PIC and VEX Cortex.
RobotC is an interpreted C-like programming language available for the VEX PIC and VEX Cortex. It offers real-time debugging and a relatively simple set of internal libraries mostly based on the use of (real or virtual) arrays.
- Built-in debugger allows pausing and resuming user code and real-time monitoring of variables
- IDE integrates firmware updates, code authoring, compilation, and flashing into one program
- Primitive multi-tasking built in
- Support available on website and from VEX
- Simple and easy to learn, no need for users to interest themselves with technical details
- Interpreter emulates an 8-bit processor, substantially slowing user code and preventing any numerically intensive algorithms from being useful
- Neither free nor open-source, and only works on Windows
- Lack of support for objects, dynamic allocation, wide integers, or interrupts severely limits code capabilities
- Array-like syntax can be confusing and is rife with opportunities for indexes out of bounds or overflow
- Optimizer is poor and IDE is generally low-quality, with a fixed code style and terrible code completion