Embedded Systems Programming, December 2003 - Embedded.com

Embedded Systems Programming, December 2003


December ESP

VOL. 16 NO. 12
December 2003

Table of Contents


Cover Story

How to automate stress tests
by Steve Babin
The goal of stress testing is to find system-level interaction problems. Here's a strategy for developing a successful stress-test framework.

Ada and Java: real-time advantages
by Benjamin M. Brosgol
Ada and Java offer strengths for real-time programming and built-in support for multithreading. Join us for a look at what these two under-appreciated languages offer developers of embedded software.


Going Pro

by Michael Barr
Like Rodney Dangerfield, electrical engineers don't get the respect they deserve. A lot of people don't regard them as “professionals.” How can engineers change that perception?


Programmer's Toolbox
A primer on Karnaugh maps

by Jack Crenshaw
Simplification can actually reduce the number of logic gates you need. And Karnaugh maps are a good simplification tool.

Break Points
A different take on asserts

by Jack G. Ganssle
A few additions to assert macros will make them useful for analyzing execution times.

Technical Advice

Beginner's Corner
Introduction to the universal design methodology

by Bob Zeidman
The Universal Design Methodology is a well-defined process you can use to plan and design ASICs, FPGAs, and other digital systems.

Programming Pointers
Incomplete types as abstractions

by Dan Saks
Incomplete types eliminate some of the pitfalls associated with data abstraction in C, but they can also create other problems.

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