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In this issue:

  • Efficient CRC Calculations in C
  • What Does 0x47u Mean Anyway?
  • Upcoming Embedded Systems Training Courses
  • Free White Space Cleanup Tool: QClean
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

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Efficient CRC Calculations in C

Cyclic redundancy codes (CRCs) are among the strongest checksums available: able to detect the vast majority of multi-bit errors in stored or transmitted data. However, the modulo-2 arithmetic used to compute a CRC does not map easily into software. To save you valuable time, I wrote an article about CRC calculation techniques and made a library of C source code public domain.

What Does 0x47u Mean Anyway?

MISRA-C Rule 10.6 requires that the suffix "u" be "applied to all constants of unsigned type." Thus increasing compliance with the MISRA-C guidelines by embedded software developers around the world has increased the probability of running into code that looks like

uint8_t foo = 0x47u;

In a blog post that explains the significance, Nigel Jones also enumerates three ways to fully comply with this required rule.

Upcoming Embedded Systems Training Courses

Better trained embedded software developers produce fewer bugs and complete their projects more quickly. Isn't it time to upgrade your team's skills?

Groups of three or more from one company are eligible for a 20% discount. Private training is usually best for whole teams. A full course catalog is available.

Free White Space Cleanup Tool: QClean

Always the helpful fellow, Miro Samek recently released a handy command-line utility to automate white space cleanup in source code. As a professional software developer you should not ignore whitespace. Rather than leave the compiler to make sense of your code you should include white space rules in your coding standard to make the code more readable and maintainable. The new QClean utility looks like a handy way to automate enforcement of such rules.

Industry News That's Not Boring

Almost all modern automobiles employ CAN networks, which contain an unpatchable security weakness: http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/connected-car-hack/

AspenCore's 2017 Embedded Markets Study is out, with interesting data re practices of embedded systems designers. https://lnkd.in/dJGExBg

embedded.fm: "Don't Use Arduino (for Professional Work)" http://embedded.fm/blog/2017/8/12/dont-use-arduino-for-professional-work

The Internet of Things is a weapon that's aimed right back at our open society: https://t.co/0JhS4wS9km

After he challenged the accuracy of red light cameras, this Oregan man was fined for practicing engineering without a license: https://t.co/oArQeOg0GX

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