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These blog posts are about development tools and project management paradigms of relevance to embedded system designers.

How to Prioritize RTOS Tasks (and Why It Matters)

Presented by Barr Group Principal Engineer Salomon Singer, this webinar examines best practices for assigning fixed priorities to a set of real-time operating systems (RTOS) tasks and interrupt service routines (ISRs). Viewers will learn how and why to use optimal methods to allow a critical set of tasks and interrupt service routines to meet all of their deadlines – even during transient overload periods. Lessons learned can be applied to the development of any priority-based preemptive RTOS, including real-time Linux.

How to Prevent and Detect Stack Overflow

The safety and security of every embedded system is dependent upon proper operation of the stack (or stacks, if there are multiple). If a stack overflow occurs, a major or minor malfunction is very likely to follow. Despite this, the stack in the majority of embedded systems is sized based on nothing more than a hunch. As well, run-time stack monitoring is too seldom used.

How to Improve Product Usability

Product usability problems require the engineer to take off his engineering hat and think more like a user.

Design by Contract (DbC) for Embedded Software

What is the Design by Contract programming philosophy, what can it do for you, and why should all embedded software developers care?

If you were to single out just one most effective programming technique for delivering high-quality code, what would you choose? Object-oriented programming? Generic programming? Design patterns? Software components? Frameworks? UML? CASE tools?

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