ESD closes shop. What’s next in store for embedded programming?

The demise of the ESD Magazine marks the end of an era. In his recent post “Trends in Embedded Software Design“, the magazine insider Michael Barr commemorates this occasion by looking back at the early days and offering a look ahead at the new emerging trends. As we all enjoy predictions, I’d also like to […]

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Trends in Embedded Software Design

In many ways, the story of my career as an embedded software developer is intertwined with the history of the magazine Embedded Systems Design. When it was launched in 1988, under the original title Embedded Systems Programming (ESP), I was finishing high school. Like the vast majority of people at that time, I had never heard the […]

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Economics 101: UML in Embedded Systems

With UML, just as with anything else in the embedded space, the ultimate criterion for success is the return on investment (ROI). Sure there are many factors at play, such as “coolness factor”, yearning for a “silver bullet” and truly “automatic programming” all fueled by the aggressive marketing rhetoric of tool vendors. But ultimately, to be successful, […]

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A Bad Idea From NHTSA

Earlier this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote the latest chapter in our government’s continuing preoccupation with universal safety.  NHTSA has released for public comment “Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices”, Docket No. NHTSA-2010-0053… and this comment period expires soon (04/24/2012). The social phenomenon of government mandated universal safety has […]

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