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What we’ve been reading in August (2022)

By September 5, 2022No Comments

Here are the articles, videos, and tools that we’ve been excited about this

We hope you enjoy these links, and we look forward to hearing what you’ve been
reading in the comments or on the Interrupt Slack.

  • Webinar: How to Build and Maintain IoT Management Systems for Scale – Memfault
    Chris and I are summarizing a number of things hardware companies need to think about and address before they start trying to ship thousands of devices to end customers. Trust us, it can get hard quickly, and a company’s success in shipping might make fighting fires and debugging that much more difficult. Tune in! – Tyler

  • Virtual Panel: Debugging Embedded Devices in Production – Memfault
    I had a blast talking to Phillip Johnston from Embedded Artistry and Alvaro Prieto from Sofar Ocean about how we debug hardware and firmware in production. Alvaro has some great stories!

  • Debugging with GDB Introduction – Azeria Labs
    A nice tutorial on debugging with GDB on ARM and gef. – Francois

  • Building a Panel out of e-ink Electronic Shelf Labels by rbaron
    A cool reverse engineering task to build something new out of discarded e-ink supermarket shelf labels – Francois.

  • WCH CH569 RISC-V SoC Offers USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, High-Speed SERDES & HSPI Interfaces – CNX Software by Jean-Luc Aufranc
    Very interesting dev board with USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet, based on a RISC-V SoC – Noah

  • C99 doesn’t need function bodies, or ‘VLAs are Turing complete’ by lemon
    An exercise stretching the C99 VLAs to the limits of their spec – Heiko.

  • Phillip Johnston of Embedded Artistry on Engineering Approaches —
    Phillip Johnston joins this time to talk about how engineer approaches change over time.

  • Debugging bare-metal STM32 from the seventh level of hell – A Modicum of Fun by Josh Pieper
    Interesting journal of some severe heisen-debbugging session using techniques many programmers will hardly ever use. In the end, a reminder that programming against hardware is, well… hard – Heiko.

  • The case against a C alternative – Handmade Network by Christoffer Lernö
    I like this piece as a discussion point – all too often I see the hype around recent languages that claim to be the successor of C by looking only a singular aspect (memory handling, no surprises, etc). The author also reminded me of the “The Killer Feature” effect that once made me buy a Ruby book 😱 – I have yet to see the equivalent for Rust et al.

  • kingyoPiyo/Pico-10BASE-T: 10BASE-T from Raspberry Pi Pico
    Cool hack and a nice README! – Noah

  • Bringing Rust to Space – Setting up a Rust ecosystem for the VA108XX MCU family – robs blog by Robin Mueller
    A developer was trying to get Rust working on satellite-grade Vorago MCU’s. It turns out there were no pre-existing libraries for such MCU’s (duh) – Tyler.

  • Using the i.MX RT600 Audio EVK as a Digital Audio Engineering Test Bed
    Write up about extending the RT685 EVK with a custom daughter card for use as an audio test system (one highlight: needing to bypass the level shifters for the application to work properly. level shifters are a classic point of failure!) – Noah

  • Running GDB in the Browser by Uri Shaked
    Neat write-up about how wokwi got gdb to run in a web browser. – Noah

  • Protobuffers Are Wrong :: Reasonably Polymorphic by Sandy Maguires
    Pretty harshly worded but interesting analysis of some disadvantages of Google’s Protobuf data format – Noah

  • How Golioth uses Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Testing: Part 2 – Golioth by Nick Miller
    Title says it all. A good post written by our friends at Goliath.

  • Don’t try this at home: overclocking RP2040 to 1GHz – Raspberry Pi by Liz Upton
    Wow! Raised the voltage from 1.1V to 3V and kept the temperature at -40°C.

  • Using GoogleTest and GoogleMock frameworks for embedded C – CodeProject by Michael Pan
    Good reference on using the GoogleTest unit testing framework for embedded projects – Francois

  • Regular Expression Matching Can Be Simple And Fast by Russ Cox
    Fascinating article looking at the performance characteristics in regex implementations – Noah

  • Developing and testing Bluetooth Low Energy products on nRF52840 in Renode and Zephyr – Zephyr Project by Michael Gielda
    Title says it all, some of our favorite technologies come together in this article – Noah.

  • Your Makefiles are wrong by Jacob Davis-Hansson
    A good set of recommendations for writing Makefiles – Francois.

  • C++ Weekly – Ep 337 – C23 Features That Affect C++ Programmers with Jason Turner
    Video overview covering the new features of C23.

  • Benjamin Cabé