The more things change...
What the heck is going on out there? Our world is changing at a frightening pace. We're just coming off an election that promises more change, way more change. Is change good? Only time will tell. Regardless, there's no stopping the train now. Either hop on board, jump out of the way, or get run down.
But you know the saying--the more things change, the more they stay the same. In many respects, that's true for the job that I do on a daily basis. Without question, the job that I did when I broke into this business is far different from what I do today. But when you look at it from the 20,000-foot level, it's incredible how it's really the same thing: delivering the information to design engineers, to help them do their jobs more effectively.
Design engineers have looked to us (both EE Times and Embedded Systems Design), to help them do their jobs, to figure out what's real and what's not, and to understand what's coming down the pike. First we did it in print. But now, we're increasingly moving our information online.
By moving online, we have lots of new opportunities, some you may or may not be aware of. For example, in addition to posting stories around the clock from around the globe, we have lots of tools that many of you are already taking advantage of. This includes VirtuaLabs, an online lab environment that's designed to accelerate the product evaluation and demonstration process via the Web. It delivers a full-blown development environment without you having to go out and acquire any hardware. You run your own code right on the real hardware that's in our labs.
We're also offering a new twist on our source-code library. Populated by embedded systems developers, the new library is now a two-way street--you can upload code, as well as download, and post comments to share your insight. The shelves of the library aren't nearly as filled as they can (and will) be, but they're getting there. I encourage you to take a look (www.embedded.com/code.new) and if you do download something, be sure to come back and comment on it, as that'll help out your fellow developers.
In addition, be on the lookout for some hands-on training that we'll be offering in a bunch of cities, initially in the U.S. In some ways, it'll mimic the Build Your Own Embedded Systems classes that we run at the Embedded Systems Conferences, but these classes go into more detail than we're able to at ESC.
This just scratches the surface in the various ways that we've evolved our business to help you do yours. But as I said, our mission has not--and will not--change.
Richard Nass is editorial director of Techinsights' Media Division, including EE Times, Embedded Systems Design, and all associated web sites. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.