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By Ota
#129831
Hello,

I'm starting working on a new version of an already existing product.
The previous version use a PIC24HJ and dev has been done using MPLAB X.

The new version use a STM32F205RG and I'm looking for the right toolchain to work with.

I need :

- An editor with code completion, easy navigation (typically ctrl-click) and automatic indentation AT MIN.
- Compiler + Debugger.
- Efficient Support.
- Code examples (using the standard periph lib, not the Cortex-M3 SFRs like Keil's code examples).
- Windows 7 x64 host (no, won't change).
- No budget limitation.

The current JTAG probe is an ST Link connected through full JTAG port, I can change the probe if required.

I started evaluating Atollic TRUEStudio PRO but their stlinkgdbserver.exe keeps crashing all the time.
I also tried Keil and IAR but their editors are far from the bare minimum I'm looking for (or maybe I missed something ...).
I tried Crossworks but still no code completion, no easy avigation, no indentation ...

I'm downloading an evaluation version of CodeSourcery, but I think they don't support natively the STLink (which probe to use then ?).

At the moment the one I'd chosse is Atollic if they can make their gdbserver working properly, because they are based on Eclipse and so have a real code editor.

Did I miss a challenger ?

Thomas.
#129855
TrueStudio with STLink worked fine for me with the STM32F100/103 series. I have switched to using CrossWorks exclusively with STM32F and FreeScale KINETIS.
By Ota
#129939
Hello,

I'm currently trying TASKING VX-Toolset from Atlium (the ones from Altium Designer ...) and it seems very good to me, fast debugger, use STLink, not too much expensive (<2000€ with 1 year support), based on Eclipse hence a very good code editor, etc.

Regards,
Thomas.
#129952
I haven't looked for your specified chip, but have you checked the Raisonance offering?
http://www.raisonance.com/
You seem to be able to pay for support, but so far you have eliminated all the pro offerings.

I use ProgrammersNotepad2+codesourcery lite, which I started a rudimentary special project template for the F103 series along with startup files . Debugging I have not gotten working, but in THEORY openocd and a hw debugger like olimex? or the seeedstudio one should work. I believe the seeedstudio one is planned to work with onewire once openocd does(its flashable hw debugger firmware is updateable).
#130009
Ota wrote:Hello,

I'm currently trying TASKING VX-Toolset from Atlium (the ones from Altium Designer ...) and it seems very good to me, fast debugger, use STLink, not too much expensive (<2000€ with 1 year support), based on Eclipse hence a very good code editor, etc.

Regards,
Thomas.
At that price point, I'd think you'd be using Keil or IAR.
By Ota
#130013
Hello,

Ok here is the latest refinement of my needs : anything not based on Eclipse / Netbeans / VS Shell is out of the scope.

Sorry guy but having syntax highlighting doesn't means having a code editor.
I just cannot write code efficiently without code completion / intellisense.
I cannot code when it take me more than 5 click to go to a function description (and sometime implementation).
And I can but I don't want to code without automatic formatting (automatic closing of parenthesis, brackets, automatic indentation, etc).
Automatic documentation is a must, etc.

The shortcuts "ctrl+space", "ctrl+shift+F" (in eclipse) and "ctrl+click" can save me like 30 to 40% of the coding time, this is not a minor thing.
Once you get used to it, there is no way back.

IAR and Keil do not offer a decent code editor, I didn't try Raisonnance but got them on phone (it's a French company), their IDE is not based on Eclipse, and they don't want to let me try one of their probes for a few days before buying.

Compiler wise, for what we are actually doing, the chip is 10 times more powerful than needed, so I don't need the 5% performance increase or size reduction a ?k€ compiler would bring (KEIL, IAR).
Altium is a well-known company (Altium designer), their compiler is based on GCC, their IDE is based on Eclipse, the STMicro standard libraries have templates for TASKING environment, what else is needed ?

My needs really are :
- Be able to code fast.
- Be able to debug fast.
- Have a lot of code examples.
Time to market is the first priority.

The 3 remaining challengers :
- TASKING VX-Toolset : working with it for a few days, just works as expected (I need to call them today). I may keep the STLink probe or get a J-Link probe (don't really know what it could improve .....).
- PLS with UADComp probe : but the probe is very expensive (1700€) and the offer doesn't contain support for the compiler (I would have to use a free GCC). They may send me a probe a few days for testing.
- CodeSourcery : seems not bad, but they only support their probe (Mentor Graphics) that I don't have, and I think I won't have time to test it before taking a decision.

Why would you (stevech and motopic) choose Keil / IAR / Raisonnance over TASKING ?

Regards,
Thomas.

[EDIT] It seems the TASKING compiler is not GCC based but their own compiler called Viper.
#130042
The Raisonance RIDE7 demo came with one of my STM boards so I played with it a bit. It seemed ok to me. Its built on Scite editor, which is basic to your experiences (I liked it ok, its extensible, etc).

I would ask alot of questions about a proprietary compiler, its history, usages...maybe talk to some of their current customers (or check their online forums). I had some surprises with the mikroC/mikroBasic compilers. The worst is you are totally dependent on one company to fix and maintain their compiler. Since I know the GCC so well I have no issues using it.

It looks to me like the Std or Pro Level CodeSourcery(with Eclipse) fits your bill the closest. Then the only problem remaining is debugging. Since CS supports GDB, you need to locate a jtag/bdm that fits your needs. You say CS only works with their DB hw?

In that case my only argument against TASKING is the proprietary compiler.
#131167
Hello,

Small update, I bought a TASKING for ARM node locked licence with 1 year maintenance (approx 2k€).

It's working very well, and when you buy it, you get a paper version of the user guide and getting started pdfs, very handy, plus a physical CD, etc.
I assume the tasking compiler is somewhat based on GCC, at least the tasking compiler handles all gcc options (+ a lot more it seems).

The LSL (linker script) files are easy to use, and you also have a GUI editor for them.
The linker outputs a .mapxml file containing all kind of information about the binaries, sections, etc (with GUI tool to open it ...).
You can output an HEX file easily.
Eclipse integration is really good (I still prefer Visual Studio for a lot of personal reasons).

Debug using ST Link (20€) probe is pretty fast and stable, plenty of options.
Didn't really try the provided ARM simulator, as I'm working on target board directly.

I'll try to set up a secondary dev platform using only open source software (linux, GCC, Eclipse + CDT, OpenOCD, etc) and a home made JTAG probe based on the FTDI FT232H (already worked with the FT2232H for a logic analyser project) in the coming months. So that I'll be able to compare both solutions (and provide a free dev environment, with break out board and cheap JTAG probe for beginners ... at least I'd like to, cause the Cortex-M3 and especially the STM32F2xx family is really impressive). I just need time (my daughter is born one week ago) ;)

Regards,
Thomas.
By Ota
#131371
Hello,

This information comes a bit late but this would have been a good alternative (if they release it fast, my product must be on the market for next February) ...
TASKING is working really well, and they should release a new major version soon (take a look at the ST Link V2 flyer, it says it is supported in TASKING V4.0 ;) ).

Regards,
Thomas.
#131429
Hello Thomas, and welcome to the forum.
Selecting the right compiler is like selecting the right car, humans are different and have different taste.
Though I can recommend the Raisonance Ride7 IDE as it is free and comes with the GNU GCC compiler. This means that there is no compiling limit at all, and it supports *all STM32 devices.
The IDE supports their Debugger tools called R-Link, which you can get in two different versions -The Lite and the Professional.
There is no limits when programming with their Debugger/Programming tools, though with the Lite version you are limited with only 32KB of Debugging. This means that if your code is bigger than 32KB, even though it's just Data and not executable code, you can't debug your application.

At TKJ Electronics we are using the Ride7 environment for all of our STM32 development and consultancy. We have done many jobs with this compiler and IDE, and most of our customers requires that we use this tool instead of others - mostly because it's free and well documented.

So I recommend you to take a look at their tools, download the IDE (including the Compiler), and try the Demo applications.
Btw. In the ST Standard Periphiral Library there is also Project Files included for the Ride7 environment :)
#131430
mindthomas wrote:...Though I can recommend the Raisonance Ride7 IDE as it is free and comes with the GNU GCC compiler. This means that there is no compiling limit at all, and it supports *all STM32 devices.
Ota wrote:...anything not based on Eclipse / Netbeans / VS Shell is out of the scope.