Making a compiler-independent project gives the developer a significant amount of flexibility. The risk associated with compiler dependence is diminished and the performance of compilers can be examined and compared side-by-side. Changes to one line of code in a header file will propagate throughout the project, which can decrease debugging time. The overall effort to port an existing project or to create a compiler-independent project is minimal. The benefits and ease of generating compiler-independent code for microcontrollers makes this approach something that any developer should consider.