If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire?: Embedded Debugging Methods Revealed

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Technical Mysteries for Engineers

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  • Lisa Simone
  • If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire?: Embedded Debugging Methods Revealed

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    This new book manages the unthinkable- it conveys crucial technical information to engineers without boring them to tears! In this unique reference, expert embedded designer Lisa Simone provides the solutions to typical embedded software debugging problems from a fresh new perspective. She introduces a team of engineers who readers will recognize from their own workplaces, and then confronts them with real-world debugging scenarios of progressive complexity, drawing the reader into the “mysteries” with their new fictional colleagues, and guiding them step-by-step toward successful solutions. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: The Case of the Irate Customer: Debugging Other People's Code, Fast Chapter 2: The Newest Employee: Learning the Embedded Ropes Through Code Inheritance Chapter 3: It Compiles with No Errors; It Must Work! Integrating Changes in a Larger System Chapter 4: The Case of Thermal Runaway: Rare Transient Bugs are Still Bugs Chapter 5: The Case of the Creeping Slider Carriage and the Case of the Hesitating Clock: Alternate Methods of Understanding System Performance Chapter 6: If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire? Chapter 7: The Case of the Rapid Heartbeat: Meeting the Spirit of the Requirement Chapter 8: What Kind of Error Message is "lume Fault"? When all of the Symptoms Seem Impossible Chapter 9: When It's Not Hardware, It's Software. And Vice Versa. Blurring the Interface. Chapter 10: Li Mei’s List of Debugging Secrets

    Key Features

    ·Unique format casts the reader as "technical detective" by presenting a new mystery in every chapter ·Not another dry technical book! Conversational tone and intriguing quandaries draw the reader into the action, while teaching crucial debugging skills ·The final chapter, a summary of the smart debugging techniques introduced throughout the book, is a quick reference to help solve future problems

    Readership

    PRIMARY MARKET: Embedded Design, Software, and System Engineers and Managers SECONDARY MARKET: Undergrad and post-graduate electrical and computer engineering students

    Table of Contents

    Introduction Chapter 1: The Case of the Irate Customer: Debugging Other People's Code, Fast Chapter 2: The Newest Employee: Learning the Embedded Ropes Through Code Inheritance Chapter 3: It Compiles with No Errors; It Must Work! Integrating Changes in a Larger System Chapter 4: The Case of Thermal Runaway: Rare Transient Bugs are Still Bugs Chapter 5: The Case of the Creeping Slider Carriage and the Case of the Hesitating Clock: Alternate Methods of Understanding System Performance Chapter 6: If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire? Chapter 7: The Case of the Rapid Heartbeat: Meeting the Spirit of the Requirement Chapter 8: What Kind of Error Message is "lume Fault"? When all of the Symptoms Seem Impossible Chapter 9: When It's Not Hardware, It's Software. And Vice Versa. Blurring the Interface. Chapter 10: Li Mei’s List of Debugging Secrets

    Details

    No. of pages:
    304
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2007
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Newnes
    Print ISBN:
    9780750682183
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780080941752

    About the author

    Lisa Simone

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Embedded Systems Architect and Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.

    Reviews

    "Great title and a good read too, especially if you like stories from the trenches. Simone does more than just revive old ghosts. She brings out the debugging techniques in context." - William Wong, Electronic Design