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Assert Yourself

Niall continues to assert the usefulness of assertions, but this month, he shows you how to make your own. Last month we discussed the use…

Tools For Clean Code

Writing unmaintainable software is easy: simply ignore compiler warnings and keep coding. Writing maintainable code requires discipline. Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth most of…

References vs. Pointers

Knowing how references really differ from pointers should help you decide when to use references and when to stick with pointers. In C++, references provide…

Introduction to Reentrancy

Virtually every embedded system uses interrupts; many support multitasking or multithreaded operations. These sorts of applications can expect the program's control flow to change contexts…