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C++ and Functional Safety (Part I)

In the previous series of posts, we discussed the traction that C has gained in functional safety embedded software over the last thirty years, particularly in regard to the automotive industry.  In this post, we’ll take a look at its challenger: the C++ language. The history of C++ In 1979 Danish researcher Bjarne Stroustrup joined the Computing Science Research Center at AT&T Bell…
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Breaking down an RPA workflow with UiPath

It’s estimated that the number of global companies employing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions will rise from 53% to 72% in the next two years — and within five years, RPA will achieve near-universal adoption. So, in a market currently saturated with AI hype, it would probably be helpful to understand what RPA is, what it isn’t, and where it fits into the apparently…
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Takeaways from Ethereum’s DevCon IV Talks

Ethereum DevCon4 ended recently, after 4 full and intense days, with tens of talks, workshops, and satellite events, gathering more than 5.000 attendees. Here are a few of my takeaways from the event. Day zero The first talk I attended was Refundable ICOs by Fabian Vogelsteller. RICOs are trying to shift the power from the fundraiser to the investor by using two different…
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The challenge of deploying updates to IoT infrastructure projects

In the previous two articles in this series about IoT infrastructure development, we examined the challenges of choosing and securing a framework. In this entry, we’ll take a look at some of the considerations around rolling out updates to the established network. Obstacles to transition The complexity of an IoT network presents a number of challenges to rolling out updates. Software is distributed over…
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Three key considerations in securing an IoT infrastructure framework

We closed the previous article about choosing a framework for IoT infrastructure with some indications of some of the requisite security considerations for this type of project. This time we’ll examine three specific aspects of IoT infrastructure security. It’s worth considering that ease of implementation for these factors is likely to vary across larger and smaller vendors, and across types and scopes…
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C and Functional Safety in the automotive industry, part 3: Mind your language

If developers occasionally feel hamstrung by MISRA’s restrictions, those (thankfully) rare incidents of catastrophic embedded software failure in the news put this level of circumspection back into context. In the previous posts we took a look at the rise of C as the dominant language for safety-critical embedded systems, and then examined some of the pitfalls programmers can fall into when using such a powerful tool, and the need…
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C and Functional Safety in the automotive industry, part 2: The usual suspects

In the last post, we recapped the emergence of C as the dominant programming language for embedded automotive systems, from its roots in Unix in the early 1970s up to gathering criticism around its relative eccentricities as the platform matured. We also covered the emergence of safety standards ISO 26262 and IEC 61508, as well as the launch of MISRA C….
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