Embedded Software Crisis or Embedded Software Glut?

I’ve been listening to the recent webcast “Solving the Embedded Software Crisis” (see also Rich Nass’ column “The need for more programmers” in the May issue of the ESD magazine). Of course, the main thrust of this particular webcast (as well as the ESD column) was the use of code generating tools (such as LabView […]

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Size matters

Periodically I get printed propaganda from the semiconductor manufacturers touting their latest and greatest ICs. Evidently the marketing folks are convinced that size matters because the size of the IC is almost the first thing they tell you now. A recent example from Maxim has the headline: “Smallest, Most Efficient and Flexible Notebook Fuel-Gauging Solution“. […]

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Coming Software Crisis?

Next Tuesday (6/19) I’ll be participating in an online panel discussion entitled: “Solving the Embedded Code Crisis” with Jack Ganssle, Dan Saks, and National Instruments’ Joel Sumner. Here’s the blurb advertising this: There’s an ever-increasing need for more code, which is greatly hindered by the fact that the numbers of developers remains relatively flat. This phenomenon is nearing crisis […]

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Japanese Brain Drain

I missed this when it was originally published in the New York Times, but apparently Japanese engineers are now exporting themselves to other parts of Asia with more favorable demand for their skills. Here’s the original story: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/24/business/worldbusiness/24braindrain.html

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MO/HO Market?

I was fascinated to receive the following message from a former colleague in e-mail yesterday: Do you have any requirements for a Linux C++, Windows .NET, or embedded programmer who can work remotely? I have high speed (1.5 mbps) internet, a wireless router, and 3 laptops in my motorhome. I only need about $25/hr to support […]

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Understanding Stack Overflow

I suspect that many, if not all bloggers are somewhat narcissistic. In my case it shows through in that I use one of the free services that keeps track of how many visitors I get and what brought them to this blog. Well, it turns out that many of the visitors to this blog get […]

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