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The More Things Change



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The More Things Change

Michael Barr

The work of embedded software developers hasn't changed significantly in the 12 years that Embedded Systems Programming has been published. Sure, more of you than ever are using 16- and 32-bit processors in your designs, and the use of high-level languages has made substantial inroads against assembly. But the basic responsibilities and day-to-day hassles of the embedded systems programmer are much the same today as they were way back in 1988.

From the start, ESP has committed itself to providing practical, technical information that you can use to get your job done, and done well. Along the way, it has also tracked some of the trends and changes affecting our industry. Some, like programming in C, have caught on; others, like fuzzy logic, haven't fared as well.

This month the magazine is making a change of its own, as I take over the editorial reins from Lindsey Vereen. Lindsey has served as editor in chief for just over five years. During his tenure, ESP's circulation increased by 50% and the size of an average issue approximately doubled. When we increase the circulation again later this year, we'll have 60,000 readers — embedded software developers all. I'd like to thank Lindsey for his hard work during those years and to congratulate him on a job well done.

Fortunately, Lindsey is moving up in our organization rather than out. In his new position as group editorial director, Lindsey will manage CMP's coverage of embedded systems across multiple magazines, conferences, and Web sites. So he'll still have his hands in the mixing bowl.

As an enthusiastic long-time reader of ESP and an embedded software developer who still likes to get his hands dirty, I know what this magazine is about and why you read it month after month. As technical editor, I've done my best to learn about the business of editing too, and to understand the magazine's editorial philosophy.

The long and short of all this is that I think ESP already has an editorial formula that serves the needs of its readers well. So I'm not looking to change our course in any significant way. I will continue my efforts to improve the quality of our articles — both from a technical and a readability standpoint — and to retain and attract the best columnists and writers in our industry. I will also seek to increase our coverage of such core topics as real-time concerns, C and C++ programming, device drivers, and software design. And, finally, I will continue the magazine's long-standing policy of excluding direct and indirect product pitches disguised as articles.

Please don't ever hesitate to tell me what you think — good or bad — about either ESP as a whole or a particular issue, article, or column. I personally read and respond to every e-mail I receive from readers and your comments never fall on deaf ears. As far as I'm concerned, this magazine exists for one reason and one reason only: to help you do your job better. So keep reading, and rest assured that the more things change, the more they'll stay the same.

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