Archive for October, 2010

  • Do you have a big endian or little endian problem?

    on Oct 27, 10 • by Brendan Harrison • with No Comments

    Ok… bad pun but question still stands. We wanted to try and answer that question so we worked with the team at VDC Research to try and quantify some of these questions. You can download their full report on the multicore and multiprocessor landscape, but here’s one piece of data that I thought might be interesting. Basically, heterogeneous processor architectures are growing quickly and the number of projects using simple processor architectures is diminishing fast. Really, backs-up what we all instinctively know and understand but nice to see some empirical evidence to add to the

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  • Rootkitting a PLC – who would have thought they were vulnerable

    on Oct 19, 10 • by Eric Hollebone • with 2 Comments

    Part of my life has been spent in the manufacturing sector working with industrial automation devices, but the discovery of the Stuxnet virus is the first time I’ve ever heard of specifically virus targeting and even rootkitting a PLC (programmable logic controller) or  SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) network. When working in industrial plants, we took the standard precautions with regard to Windows viruses and even started to add virus protection for Linux, but never did it occur to any of us that the industrial automation equipment might be at risk. Whenever the subject was even brought

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  • Klocwork and SDC Systems Limited Partner To Deliver Productivity Tools for Mission Critical Software Development

    on Oct 19, 10 • by Meranda Powers • with No Comments

    Reseller partnership enables Klocwork to extend its reach into the UK aerospace and defense market EmbeddedLive, LONDON, UK — Oct 19, 2010 — Klocwork, Inc, the global leader in automated source code analysis solutions for improving developer productivity and SDC Systems, a leading European distributor of embedded systems technologies, have announced a partnership agreement to grow the use of source code analysis in the UK embedded software market. The agreement will allow SDC Systems to sell and service Klocwork’s developer productivity tools. "Source code analysis is becoming a standard part of mission-critical software development around

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  • Refactoring – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it

    on Oct 14, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 1 Comment

    Refactoring – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it

    I recently read a book by Peter Ritchie called “Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” and thought I would give my review. Great book to really help you get started with Refactoring.  Ritchie first goes into an introduction of refactoring and some of the tools available in Visual Studio 2010.  He then provides techniques to help you identify code that might need to be refactored along with examples and step by step procedures to refactor the code. The focus of this book is not necessarily with Visual Studio 2010, as many of the refactoring examples

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  • How developers (eventually) get what they want

    on Oct 12, 10 • by Mike Laginski • with 3 Comments

    It started with the iPod and slowly but systematically gained momentum. A few years ago, I asked a developer-friend how he decides whether he’ll buy a dev tool or not. He responded somewhat tongue in cheek with, “I will download the tool, play with it and then decide if I would rather spend my money on the latest iPod or the dev tool.” Maybe this is a bit of an edge case, but it speaks to the thought process that goes into the individual developer’s personal workspace design. For anyone who thinks it’s not all

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