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CEC – Designing IoT Sensor Nodes using the ESP8266

Course Overview: The IoT edge devices have embedded written all over them. Sensor nodes that acquire data and transmit them to the cloud is quickly becoming common place. In this series, Jacob Beningo will walk attendees through the steps and processes necessary to create a sensor node using an ESP8266 which is an integrated microcontroller … Continue reading CEC – Designing IoT Sensor Nodes using the ESP8266

Embedded Basics – Developing Reusable Firmware

Writing embedded software for microcontrollers that is reusable and portable can be challenging. Different microcontrollers contain different architectures and peripherals which makes creating any cross-platform application code difficult to achieve. The fact is, developers can write embedded software that is reusable and portable in a microcontroller based environment. Over the last year or so I’ve … Continue reading Embedded Basics – Developing Reusable Firmware

Tips and Tricks – 7 Tips to Improve Embedded Software Code Quality

There is nothing worse than purchasing a product that occasionally flakes out, freezes up, is slow to respond or has other issues. For developers, there is nothing worse than trying to maintain and update code that is so poor in quality that they are constantly chasing their own tail. For many development teams, software code … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – 7 Tips to Improve Embedded Software Code Quality

Tools – TortoiseHg

There are several different revision control systems that developers have available to them in order to control changes to their code base. These include: SVN Git Mercurial I still see many teams using SVN and Git but in the past year I have seen more and more teams starting to use Mercurial. (I’ve also seen … Continue reading Tools – TortoiseHg

Embedded Basics – Setting up Tracealyzer to Debug FreeRTOS Applications

Peering into a microcontroller and seeing how the embedded software is executing has always been important to embedded software developers. In the good old days, developers used to have to instrument their hardware with extra outputs and use all kinds of tricks in order to take a stab at understanding what was happening with their … Continue reading Embedded Basics – Setting up Tracealyzer to Debug FreeRTOS Applications

Tips and Tricks – 7 Cardinal Sins of Embedded Software Development

Every industry has their best practices and their sinful practices.  The cardinal sins are the practices that many are aware of but that are just too tempting or too easy to fall into. The embedded software industry has a number of these cardinal sins but there are seven in particular that seem to have pervaded … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – 7 Cardinal Sins of Embedded Software Development