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Software – Is it "Engineering" Yet?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 16, 2015 49

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.

BBC MicroBit Aims to Make Computing Cool for Kids

by Alex Blewitt on  Jul 08, 2015

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.

New Developments in Model Driven Software Engineering

by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2015

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: An IoT Platform for Managing Smart Devices

by Abel Avram on  May 14, 2015 2

MODE is an IoT platform deployed in the cloud and providing support for registration, management and control of smart devices.

Azul Announces Zulu Embedded, based on OpenJDK

by Matt Raible on  Mar 31, 2015

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.

JavaScript on a Toaster: Embedded JavaScript with Duktape

by David Iffland on  Dec 10, 2014 1

Duktape takes JavaScript beyond the confines of the browser or server with a full ECMAScript 5 compliant engine that can be embedded into any C/C++ project.

Java ME 8.1 on 256KB RAM

by Bienvenido David on  Oct 27, 2014

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.

Testing Machine to Machine Systems

by Ben Linders on  Oct 23, 2014

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 the Internet of Things

by Ben Linders on  Sep 25, 2014

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.

Java ME 8 General Availability Release

by Victor Grazi on  May 01, 2014 3

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

Java 8 for Raspberry Pi Developer Preview

by Fabian Lange on  Dec 27, 2012

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.

.NET Compact Framework 3.9 with Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 18, 2012 3

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.

NASA Develops Space Launch System Flight Software

by Michael Stal on  Jun 01, 2012 2

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.

The Impact of Software Testing on Embedded Systems

by Michael Stal on  Apr 20, 2012 1

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.

Software Architecture for the eCar of the Future

by Michael Stal on  Mar 16, 2012

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.

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