At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Mary Shaw talked about progress towards an engineering discipline of software. She explored what it means to have an engineering discipline, how far we have progressed toward having one for software, and what can be the next steps.
Yesterday the BBC unveiled the final plans for the BBC MicroBit, a system-on-a-chip-on-a-board with a 5x5 LED matrix aimed at getting children interested in programming. Announced in March 2015, the BBC MicroBit is now finalised and will be given to children in year 7 across the UK, and available for purchase towards the end of 2015. InfoQ looks at what it will provide.
An interview with Rob Howe, host of the MDSE session at the software engineering conference and CEO of Verum, about the state of practice and recent developments in model driven software engineering, the usage of this technology, whether he considers model driven software engineering to be a proven mature technology, and what the future will bring us in model driven software engineering.
MODE is an IoT platform deployed in the cloud and providing support for registration, management and control of smart devices.
Azul Systems has released Zulu Embedded, a new open source embedded JDK, based on OpenJDK. It is targeted at companies that have embedded Java-based products such as mobile and IoT devices. Examples include routers and switches, ATM machines, avionics systems, automotive electronics and Point of Sale (POS) systems.
Oracle has released Java ME Embedded 8.1 Early Access #3, which supports the Freescale FRDM-K64F board running the mbed RTOS. The Freescale FRDM-K64F is an ultra-low-cost hardware and development platform which utilizes Kinetis K64 MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M4 cores. This early access release adds support for the ARM Cortex-M architecture.
Devices are becoming increasingly interconnected through the internet where they are communicating directly with each other. Testing such machine to machine (M2M) systems can be difficult due to their complexity and the usage of different platforms, as Peter Varhol explained in his talk about testing in the M2M world at the QA&Test 2014 conference.
Testing embedded software and systems for the Internet of Things has to involve physical, sensory and emotional interactions says Gerie Owen, Business Solutions Analyst from Northeast Utilities. InfoQ interviewed Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol about how testing differs for the internet of things and embedded software and systems, and on dealing with expectations and experiences of people in testing.
Oracle principal product manager Terrence Barr announced the release today of Java ME 8, further aligning Java ME 8 with Java SE 8 and the Internet of Things
Oracle released the Java 8 developer preview for ARM processors last week. This early access build is especially tailored for running JavaFX on Raspberry Pi devices.
Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.
Developing launch vehicle flight software requires a big focus on embedded systems and quality attributes such as safety. To develop such mission-critical software systems, sophisticated test beds are necessary. According to a NASA press release from the 31st of May, the software test bed computers for the new Space Launch System (SLS) are now available.
In its recent issue the Chip Design Magazine points out that the huge growth of portable and wireless systems combined with the increasing relevance of software in embedded systems poses a challenge. Quality issues need special attention, especially in safety-critical systems. This is why software test tools for software systems will become increasingly important.
In a recent news release the Siemens AG addressed how important new information and communications technology will be in future electric cars. A German government funded project investigates in appropriate software architecture for such cars.