November 10, 2011
Making Embedded Systems--New from O'Reilly Media: Design Patterns for Great Software
Sebastopol, CA—"Jewelry that monitors vital signs. Credit cards that only work when we touch them. Smart dust and nanobots. Personalized learning. Self-driving cars. For my readers, science fiction isn't so far away from fact," says author Elecia White (@logicalelegance).
Embedded systems control many devices in common use today, from digital watches and iPods to traffic lights and the systems controlling nuclear power plants. Since inefficiency isn't tolerated, these systems require a disciplined approach to programming. Making Embedded Systems (O'Reilly Media, $39.99 USD) helps you cultivate a host of good development practices, based on classic software design patterns and new patterns unique to embedded programming.
"Embedded systems are where the software meets the physical world," White explains. "As we put tiny computers into all sorts of systems (door locks, airplanes, pacemakers), how we implement the software is truly, terrifyingly important. Writing software for these things is more difficult than computer software because the systems have so few resources. Instead of building better software, the trend has been to allow a cowboy mentality of just getting it done.
"We can do better than that. We must do better than that."
Making Embedded Systems will show you how to:
- Optimize your system to reduce cost and increase performance
- Develop an architecture that makes your software robust in resource-constrained environments
- Explore sensors, motors, and other I/O devices
- Do more with less: reduce RAM consumption, code space, processor cycles, and power consumption
- Learn how to update embedded code directly in the processor
- Discover how to implement complex mathematics on small processors
- Understand what interviewers look for when you apply for an embedded systems job
Written by an expert who has created embedded systems ranging from urban surveillance and DNA scanners to children's toys, this book is ideal for intermediate and experienced programmers, no matter what platform you use.
"Making Embedded Systems is the book for a C programmer who wants to enter the fun (and lucrative) world of embedded systems. It's very well written—entertaining, even—and filled with clear illustrations."
—Jack Ganssle, author and embedded systems expert
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For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920017776.do
Making Embedded Systems
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
By Elecia White
Print ISBN: 9781449302146
Ebook ISBN: 9781449302139
Print Price: $39.99
Ebook Price: $31.99
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