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LCTES 2018
co-located with PLDI 2018

Across the globe, it is now commonplace for educators to engage in the making (design and development) of embedded systems in the classroom to motivate and excite their students. This new domain brings its own set of unique requirements. Historically, embedded systems development requires knowledge of low-level programming languages, local installation of compilation toolchains, device drivers, and applications. For students and educators, these requirements can introduce insurmountable barriers.

We present the motivation, requirements, implementation, and evaluation of a new programming platform that enables novice users to create software for embedded systems. The platform has two major components: 1) Microsoft MakeCode (), a web app that encapsulates an entire beginner IDE for microcontrollers; and 2) CODAL, an efficient component-oriented C++ runtime for microcontrollers. We show how MakeCode and CODAL provide an accessible, cross-platform, installation-free programming experience for the BBC mcro:bit and other embedded devices.

Tue 19 Jun

LCTES-2018-papers
11:00 - 12:15: LCTES 2018 - Full paper session on Programming Languages at Discovery AB
LCTES-2018-papers11:00 - 11:25
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James DevineLancaster University, Joe Finney, Peli de HalleuxMicrosoft Research, Michał MoskalMicrosoft Research, Thomas BallMicrosoft Research, Steve HodgesMicrosoft
LCTES-2018-papers11:25 - 11:50
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Mladen SkelinEindhoven University of Technology, Marc GeilenEindhoven University of Technology
LCTES-2018-papers11:50 - 12:15
Full-paper
Guilherme F. LimaPUC-Rio, Rodrigo C. M. SantosPUC-Rio, Edward Hermann HaeuslerPUC-Rio, Roberto IerusalimschyPUC-Rio, Francisco Sant'AnnaRio de Janeiro State University