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How to Design Safety into the Electro-Mechanical System Around Software

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When it comes to safety-critical applications, sometimes you have to protect users from the software. And sometimes you have to protect users from themselves.

How to Use Strings to Internationalize C Programs

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Products destined for use in multiple countries often require user interfaces that support several human languages. Sloppy string management in your programs could result in unintelligible babble.

How to Use Watchdog Timers Properly when Multitasking

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To keep a watchdog timer from resetting your system, you've got to kick it regularly. But that's not all there is to watchdog science. We will examine the use and testing of a watchdog, as well as the integration of a watchdog into a multitasking environment.

How Network Processors Work

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Major semiconductor manufacturers are starting to sell a new type of integrated circuit, the network processor. Network processors are programmable chips like general purpose microprocessors, but are optimized for the packet processing required in network devices. But what are they good for and how do they work?

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