Some type of reinforcement will be necessary to minimize cracking. All concrete contractors I've talked to openly admit that all concrete cracks, to some degree. Wire mesh and/or rebar help reduce this, as does proper curing. One of the things that help concrete cure properly is to slow the process down. Keeping it moist does this. Tarps and daily misting with water works though it is time consuming and work...but worth it if one wishes to have a quality floor. Also, I have come across some information about wire mesh and rebar rusting and eventually weakening a concrete slab or foundation. The alternative to metal reinforcement that I am aware of is fiberglass rebar. It is claimed to actually be stronger than steel. I don't know enough about it but you may want to do a google search. I do know that it cannot be bent, in the field, the way that steel can. Each application has to be pre-engineered to the specific requirements of a given job. I have also read that the fiberglass rods have to be roughened up a bit before the pour in order to facilitate adhesion by the concrete. I am about to (in the next month or so) have a concrete floor poured for a shop/garage. For my living quarters though I am leaning heavily toward an earthern floor, or at least not a poured concrete floor. I would like to have footings form the retention wall needed to contain a packed, washed gravel type subfloor and then use Magnesium Oxide or Mangesium Phosphate board placed over that. Detractors would probably argue that this will be prone to shifiting and buckling of the Mag boards and they are probably correct. There would probably be some shifting or buckling. But I would rather deal with this than a cracking, rusting, Portland Cement floor that is prone to mold, and would have to be jackhammered if any of the plumbing encased in it failed. At least with the model that I mentioned above, if any problems did develop I could pry individual Mag boards up and dig up the gravel without a jack hammer.