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About This Book and the Accom. A First Look at Embedd. Examples of Embedded Syste । Typical Hardware 8 ;. Chapter Summary Hardware. The Microcontrollers & Embedded Systems, 1/e (with CD) David E. Simon. *. PEARSON. Education. A m. B anda r di e centioribus in maison et de son. "An excellent job of introducing and defining the jargon associated with embedded systems. This makes the text extremely easy to read." -- David Cuka.
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Digital Systems and Testable Design - M. Even civil engineering, which one would think had reached a stable maturity, has blossomed with creations like the stunning Puente de la Unidad bridge that offers a slender and functional beauty unknown a century ago.
I found his railing against other peoples' perceptions somewhat tiresome, while agreeing completely with him. But some of the writing is nearly poetic: "My proposition is that the nature of engineering has been misconceived. Analysis, rationality, materialism, and practical creativity do not preclude emotional fulfillment; they are pathways to such fulfillment.
They do not reduce experience, as is so often claimed, they expand it. Engineering is superficial only to those who view it superficially. At the heart of engineering lies existential joy. After all, who cares what people think about us? But underneath Mr. Florman's concerns is a paean to engineers, and to the work we do. And for that I enjoyed the book, and recommend it to those who find the history and philosophy of this field compelling.
Software engineering is a field that seems to proceed in fits and starts. Most of us write code the same way we did back in college, though occasionally a new approach does come along.
In the last couple of years, though, Kent Beck's Extreme Programming XP has surfaced as another interesting approach to writing code. And code is the operative word. XP starts with the requirements in the form of user stories.
The customers deliver and prioritize the user stories. The developers analyze the stories and write tests for them. Everything ends with code. The code is developed in pairs of developers to increase quality. The output is clean, clear code that fulfills the customer's wishes, with no extra frills or hooks for extensibility. I sometimes find these sorts of books tiresome. An evangelist pushes what some might see as a wild-eyed new way to create software, while the evening wears on and my interest flags.
This one is different. Between the writing style and the quite fascinating ideas behind XP I found the book compelling. XP requires a customer who lives on-site, constantly providing feedback to the development team. A very cool idea. I have doubts, especially in the embedded world where so many of us build products used by thousands of disparate customers.
But a cool idea nonetheless. XP demands conformance to a coding standard. The pair programming I'd find a little too 'in your face', but is an interesting concept that builds on the often-proven benefits of code inspections, though in my experience two pairs of eyes are not enough.
XP teams focus on validation of the software at all times. Programmers develop software by writing tests first, then software that fulfills the requirements reflected in the tests. Customers provide acceptance tests that enable them to be certain that the features they need are provided. There's no such thing as a big integration phase. This is the XP practice I find most brilliant. Even if you're not going to pursue XP, study it and take the testing ideas to heart.
Constant testing plays into the 'frequent releases' XP requirement.
Don't build a big thing and then dump it on a customer. Release portions of the project often to get feedback. This is much like the spiral development model, which seems to offer the only practical hope to meet schedules. Of course, neither spiral nor XP development promises that we'll know a real delivery time at the project's outset; instead, we evolve the product and schedule together.
Most managers can't accept that. Finally, I'd imagine most of us would quickly download in to XP's belief in 40 hour work weeks. Tired programmers make mistakes. Go home! Just as educated Christians should read what's available of the Talmud at least, the little that's been translated into English to understand better an important and interesting part of our world, all educated developers should go dig through a couple of XP tomes. It's the most infuriating programming book I've read.
The message is spot-on, but is told in such an awful manner that it's sometimes hard to hear the reasonable thoughts for the noise.
Like the lyrics to 40 I counted annoying XP-bashing songs littered randomly in every chapter. Sometimes witty, it's often entertaining in the manner of the National Inquirer or a car wreck. An entire chapter belittles the opposition's personas. A special overused icon warns the reader of yet another tiresome bout of sarcasm.
XPR carefully and correctly demonstrates how all 12 of XP's practices are interrelated. Drop one and the entire game falls apart like a house of cards. Testing is the only defense against poor specs; pair programming an effort to save the code base from a poorly thought-out, frantically hacked-together creation. The book is worthwhile for this analysis alone.
The XPers don't stress how vital all 12 steps are to success on a project.
Yet the authors, in the few demonstrations of failed XP projects they present no successes are noted , sheepishly admit that none of these programs were built using an unmodified form of XP. All used subsets'- the very approach XPR demonstrates cannot succeed. So the credibility of these examples suffers. Actually, I think there are two programmers quoted, the same ones over and over.
One pontificates: 'My feeling is that XP wouldn't score highly at all when compared to other available principles'. That may be true'- but isn't a very convincing demonstration of proof. The authors do miss a couple of other arguments that indict XP-like development processes. The Agile community calls the test strategy XP's 'safety net'; they say it insures bad code never makes it to the field. Yet study after study shows tests don't exercise all of the software - in some cases less than half!
I'd argue that tests are the safety net that catch problems that leak through the code inspections, design checks, and careful design. In the embedded world, the automated tests required by XP are devilishly hard to implement, since our programs interact with users and the real world. XPR completely ignores embedded systems, rather like, well, rather like every other software book.
One anti-XP argument for an embedded project is that without some level of up front design you can't even select the hardware. Do we need an or a Power PC? Is data trickling in or gushing at k samples per second? XPR concludes with a modified version of XP that's less eXtreme, more logical, and better suited to firmware development.
That chapter is the best part of the book. Now don't get me wrong- I do believe there are some programs that can do well with XP. Examples include non-safety critical apps with rapidly changing requirements that simply can't be nailed down.
Web services come to mind. I know of one group that has been quite successful with XP in the embedded space, and numerous others who have failed.
Should you read the book? If the siren song of XP is ringing in your ears, if pair programming sounds like the environment you're dying to work in, read XPR today. Others wishing for a balance to the torrent of pro-XP words flooding most software magazines will find this book interesting as well. If it had been a third as long, without the revisionist Beatles lyrics, and, well, more polite, it would deserve 5 stars. Hardware design has, in my opinion, lost some of the fun now that ICs are so dense and speeds so high.
But the software world has been flooded with new ideas and methodologies. Some are brilliant, others goofy, but all are fascinating. Feature-Driven Development FDD is a relatively agile development methodology that is, in my opinion, much more suited to most embedded efforts than techniques like eXtreme Programming.
XP is an interesting idea with lots of fabulous concepts we should steal, but I'm concerned about how XP shortchanges design. FDD requires considerable initial design, yet preserves much agility in the feature implementation phase.
The quick summary: Agile methods are best if you have lots of superior people, a project whose reliability isn't critical, quickly-changing requirements, a small team, and a culture that thrives on chaos. FDD, too, requires above average to superior developers.
That seems to be a characteristic of most new methods. Where do all of the average and below-average people go? Obviously, simple math tells us an awful lot of developers won't score in the superprogrammer category. FDD has a Project Manager who owns the project and acts as a force field to shield the developers from interruptions and administrivia.
Day to day direction falls to the Development Manager, a person endowed with both people and technical skills. A Chief Architect is responsible for the systems overall design. Chief Programmers own feature sets and lead small teams implementing the code. They rely on Class Owners - the actual workers cranking out software.
FDD has 5 processes. The project starts with an overall design, called a 'domain object model'. From there a features list is constructed. A plan is made, grouping features into sets which are assigned to Chief Programmers. The fourth and fifth processes comprise the project's engine room. A Chief Programmer selects a set of features that can be implemented in two weeks or so.
He or she designs each feature, creating a list of classes which are designed and implemented. This closely resembles Gilb's well-known Evolutionary process, which focuses on 'time-boxing' a schedule - that is, figuring out what can be done in a two week timeframe, implementing that, and iterating. The book includes a 10 page cheat-sheet that details each part of FDD. It's a handy guide for outfits just embarking on a new project using the methodology.
The book has frequent sidebars featuring a dialog between an experienced FDD developer and one just embarking on a project using the technique. I found this distracting and not terribly enlightening. And the authors push TogetherSoft's product just enough to be annoying. But these are minor complaints.
Unlike some programming books that are long on passion while shortchanging substance, this volume gives a clear introduction to FDD, with enough 'how-to' to use the method in your own projects. Highly recommended. Put one in the headline of your ad and people will read it. The magic words are new, free, and sex.
But the one sure way to get my attention when flipping through a magazine is to have a schematic diagram. Any kind. A radio. Vacuum tube circuits. Piles of op amps. For some reason I find schematics arresting and always stop and take a closer look.
Clicking around the web recently I stumbled across some vacuum tube sites, which brought back fond high school memories of building tube ham radio transmitters.
Wouldn't it be cool to find an old copy? And wouldn't that be utterly pointless? That thought morphed to memories of the other indispensable tome of the time: The GE Transistor Manual. Not too many clicks later and one was on its way here. I ordered the version. What's astonishing is how much was known about transistor theory by that date; transistors had been in common use for just a handful of years at the time. And this is the seventh edition!
Yet it explains transistor theory in a level of detail that my college classes almost a decade later never approached. Read - and understand - the first pages and you'll be a transistor expert. But no attempt is made to make the subject easy. Alas, the one that arrived is the "light-weight edition," a page subset of the full-blown one I remembered. The light-weight version is missing all of the detailed specs of the transistors GE once made.
The GE Transistor Manual was, and still is even though it has been out of print for generations, one of the best compendiums of information about designing transistor-based circuits. Part of its appeal was that it's just stuffed with schematics of every conceivable kind of circuit. One can get lost for hours and days studying the cool ways the authors crafted designs with an astonishing economy of parts. It's engineer porn, graphic illustrations that makes one's heart beat a little faster as one furtively flips from page to page, mostly not reading the "story" but gazing deeply at the pictures.
Old timers will remember the unijunction transistor. There's an entire chapter dedicated to its use. These were used in timer circuits in the pre days. UJTs are still available, though it has been a very long time since I've seen one in use. Though FETs existed at the time, they enjoyed little commercial success, and even into the 70s were seen as niche products.
Its exclusion from this book suggests that GE did not make any at the time. Some of the components discussed are obsolete. Or, at least I thought they were till checking the web. Stabistors, for instance were low-voltage zener diodes, but it seems these are still available, and one can even get them in modern SOT packages. Are SNAP diodes still around? There's a good description of them in the book. Those who enjoy tech nostalgia - or schematics - will get a kick out of the book.
If you want a deep look into transistor theory and use, this is a great resource. Copies can be found on site. As one interested in the firmware reliability is that an oxymoron? I wanted to check out this publication, but was frustrated by its unavailability on the net. The PDF is available there for 15 pounds, and is a bargin. While C is indeed a very powerful language, it should come with a warning label: 'danger: experts only'. It's so easy to create programs that leak memory, run pointers wildly all over memory, or create other difficult-to-find havoc.
The MISRA standard, a collection of coding rules, tries to prevent problems by limiting the types of C constructs we use, and defining safe ways to use others. Quite a few of the MISRA rules make tremendous sense: don't redefine reserved words and standard library function names. Document and explain all uses of pragma.
When a function may return an error, always test for that error. Functions should have a single exit point. Some are interesting: never use recursion. Keep pointer indirection to no more than two levels. A couple are hard but possibly quite valuable: check every value passed to every library routine.
Avoid many common library functions.
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Other are trivial: only use characters defined by the ISO C standard. Don't nest comments. Don't confuse logical and bitwise operators. Don't have unreachable code. Some of the requirements I find disturbing.
For instance, one rule prohibits the use of dynamic memory allocation. Not a bad idea, due to problems associated with fragmentation. More problematic, this rule tells us not to use library functions which employ dynamic memory, specifically mentioning string. This seems awfully restrictive to me- I sure don't want to write my own string handlers'- and further, how is one to identify the suspect libraries?
Another rule prohibits the use of setjmp and longjmp. These are worse than gotos, of course, in that they let us branch to specific memory addresses. Yet in a few cases longjmp is almost unavoidable. If so, subset it. They go a long way to improving the reliability of C code.Develop software for milk pasteurization system.
Again - WOW! Humprey's original book feels, smells, and reads like a conventional college textbook; this successor is more of an 'Idiot's Guide' to the PSP, and is much more accessible. If you're not planning to actually use the language your eyes may glaze over in these chapters.
Others wishing for a balance to the torrent of pro-XP words flooding most software magazines will find this book interesting as well. What if two tasks with same priority are ready? This book is not specific to any microprocessor or real-time operating system nor is it oriented towards any particular software design methodology. He or she designs each feature, creating a list of classes which are designed and implemented.
Write a c program to test hardware based timeout loops. The book starts with the standard introduction to microprocessor hardware which could have been left out , but quickly moves on to a very good description of interrupts; this section alone is quite worthwhile.
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