Barr Group Announces Pair of New Hands-on Training Courses

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND–April 22, 2015–Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts™, today announced a pair of hands-on training courses for embedded software developers. Though focused on distinct subjects, both of the new courses are designed to help programmers develop specific practical knowledge and expertise that they can immediately apply to improve the reliability of their C/C++ code.

The first new hands-on course, entitled “Reliable Multithreaded Programming with and without an RTOS”, spans two days. “Despite being well into their fourth decade of inclusion in many embedded systems, Real-Time Operating Systems continue to be misused by a majority of their users,” said course instructor and Barr Group principal engineer Salomon Singer. “We’ve designed this course to quickly and effectively teach firmware developers how to code multithreaded programs that are reliable so they don’t create dangerous defects such as task starvation/deadlock, priority inversions, or race conditions. In addition, the course will cover how to use interrupt service routines, state machines, and other architectures to perform reliable multithreading without requiring an operating system at all.”

A second new two-day, hands-on course called “Debugging Embedded Software on the Target” was also announced. “Finding and killing latent bugs in embedded software is a difficult business. Heroic efforts and expensive tools are often required to trace backward from an observed crash, hang, or other unplanned run-time behavior to the root cause,” said Barr Group CTO Michael Barr. “This course teaches engineers how to use inexpensive tools, such as the USB logic analyzer attendees will keep, to detect and eliminate the top 10 causes of nasty firmware-specific defects.”

The two new courses will be offered to the public for the first time from June 8th to 11th at the company’s new state-of-the-art training facility in Germantown, Maryland. A 10% discount will be available for engineers who register for both courses.

Registration is now open for these and other upcoming Barr Group public courses. Pricing and other details are available at

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