PIC16 C compiler
I'm currently trying to decide which C compiler would be most suitable for me when using the PIC16F882 chip. I've noticed that Microchip does not offer a compiler for the PIC16 family but it does endorse third-party software such as Hi-Tech and CSS.
What I eventually want to accomplish with the F882 should be fairly simpole. I will only need to use its ADC channels and some timers. I know I won't need the interrupts. I am wondering if it is ok to use Hi-Tech's lite version of the compiler, which is free. It does not have their optimization technology but I wonder if my simple design will even need it.
I've also thought about switching to the PIC18 family in order to use the C18 compiler for students. Once again, some features go away after 60 days from what I've read, but I don't know how they will affect me.
I guess my concern is: how much can I get away with using the free compilers? Will it hurt me down the line? If it is ok, should I switch to the PIC18 family and use C18 instead?
Thanks for your time,