Course code: WEB-33
Years with company:
Primary programming language:
Other programming languages:
C/C++, Matlab, Labview
Unit test harnesses:
There is some unit test framework for C# and the .NET Micro Framework that we use but I can't remember the name.
I'm a mechanical engineer who develops systems for oceanographic research. I've done a lot of electrical engineering e.g., instrumentation, signal processing systems, autonomous platforms. I was dragged into the embedded software development world kicking and screaming about 10 or so years ago. I started off trying to figure out what the "best practices" were and was appalled at the range of so-called best practices. I've been trying to develop a disciplined approach to SW development ever since and am really hoping this class will help.
Test practice now:
Unit tests, higher level functional tests, benchtop simulators that mimic the ocean in some small way, systems tests in our test tank, test at sea.
Various ARM processors, currently developing a STM32H7A3 based system. Not a lot of heavy duty computing but we do need to run control loops at a deterministic rate (usually less than 100 Hz). And we have to interface to a lot of instruments.
Wish I had some?
Function too long:
Anything I wrote when I first started writing serious embedded code 10 years ago is too long. Now my functions are generally less than a 100 lines or so.
I grew up as an engineer at a defense contractor where design reviews of all kinds were a critical part of my job. I've been at MBARI, an academic oceanographic research institute, for 25 years and formal design reviews are not so effective.
Favorite thing about dev:
I think of my self as a systems engineer and need to have some knowledge about and experience with every part of the systems I develop. Well designed and implemented control loops are particularly satisfying.
Least favorite thing about dev:
Not having a disciplined approach to software development and not having enough experience at it.
I've skimmed your book and watched one of your conference presentation videos and understand the principles.
Why are you attending:
I have a fairly disciplined approach to mechanical electrical and systems engineering. Developing a similar approach to software development has been painful. I'm hoping this class will get me much further up the leaning curve.