"What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months." --Fred Brooks
In this issue:
- C: The Immortal Programming Language
- The Internet of INSECURE Things
- How to Comply with the MISRA-C/C++ Guidelines
- The State of Embedded Systems Safety
- Industry News That's Not Boring
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C: The Immortal Programming Language
A longitudinal study of survey data spanning about a decade and a half shows that C remains the primary programming language of embedded software. Remarkably, in that time C has actually gained share from 50% to about 70%–at the expense of assembly, C++, and Java, all three of which are well off their peaks.
What will replace C? Or who will be left to program the embedded systems after we've retired?
The Internet of INSECURE Things
The results of Barr Group's 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey were recently published. One trend that really stands out in the data is that of the more than 60% of embedded systems designers who are putting their products on the Internet, more than 1 in 5 is ignoring security altogether. Security is not even on the list of design requirements for these engineers!
Furthermore, even those engineers with security on the requirements list are doing a lousy job of securing these products. For example, about half are not even encrypting their data and commands sent over the network. And a large number of these Internet-connected products are dangerous too. Is it any wonder that the IoT continues to be the subject of headline-generating hacking attacks?
How to Comply with the MISRA-C/C++ Guidelines
MISRA's guidelines are widely referenced and followed by developers of potentially-injurious embedded systems. The importance of MISRA often impacts vendors of middleware when their products are used in automotive or medical systems. For example, compliance with MISRA-C was a key requirement for Datalight's Reliance Edge embedded file system product.
Barr Group provides training, consulting, and coaching services in embedded software development process improvement, including specifically in relation to MISRA guideline compliance and related setup of automated processes. To increase the MISRA knowledge of its engineering team while also creating a manageable and cost-effective enforcement process, Datalight turned to Barr Group for training, coaching, and a later independent review of its work.
The State of Embedded Systems Safety
Industry News That's Not Boring
Robots, self-driving cars, and A.I... oh my!
Automotive Ethernet for the Connected Car
Do you know the top ten causes of nasty firmware bugs?
Driverless Cars: 90% done; and just 90% left to go...
The Economic Consequences of AI: Why AI Won't Fix the World (or Ruin It)
Are you a fan of the Rust language? Maybe join the Embedded Devices Working Group
Machines can now see and hear us thanks to Embedded Neural Networks.
It's been a good run, humanity. The Boston Dynamics' robot that haunted us last month by opening a door to escape is this month doing the same while fighting off an armed human!
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