UK Embedded Masterclass Features MISRA C++ Workshop

The organisers of Embedded Masterclass, an event that brings together developers of hi-tech systems with vendors of tools and software for the development of microprocessor based systems, have announced that this year’s event will include a MISRA C++ workshop. This year’s event is to be held at Bar Hill near Cambridge on 7th May, and Falfield near Bristol on 12th May.

IBM will lead a workshop that will provide an introduction to the MISRA C++ standard, its rationale, and experiences on applying it to a legacy application and to auto-generated code from UML.

“Many people will know that IBM have taken over several key technology companies that operate in this field, so they now have a lot of expertise to bring to such an event,” said Richard Blackburn, the Organiser. “For engineers interested in UML modelling and C++ programming, this will be an important opportunity to meet with some of the most experienced and up to date engineers in the industry. We expect the MISRA C++ workshop to be very popular.”

MISRA C has over the last decade become a defining standard for development of safety-critical and high integrity systems written in “C”. In the same period the automotive, aerospace, industrial and medical sectors have become increasingly dependent on software to deliver more complex and differentiating capabilities. This has increased not only the size and complexity of the code under development but also the teams who are developing it. This has led many to cite the need for the wider palette of programming constructs provided by C++, and design and analysis constructs provided by UML in order to cope with maintenance and development tasks. And indeed C++ and UML are being increasingly adopted for development of embedded systems where traditionally C would have been used.

Over the past 9 years, the Embedded Masterclass has established itself as an important UK event for engineers looking to explore the most recent tools and technologies for the development of embedded systems. Over the years it has grown from a small seminar into a much larger event that now includes a tabletop exhibition, an agenda of technical presentations and a collection of high quality workshops. It attracts electronics engineers, embedded computing engineers, designers and project managers, giving them the chance to meet with engineers from many of the world’s leading vendors of development tools and realtime and embedded technologies. The Embedded Masterclass is recognised for the quality of its presentations, which are technical in content and presented by experienced and knowledgeable engineers. It’s free to engineers and managers in the technology sector, although the workshops carry a small charge.

“What we have always tried to create, is a well organised, ‘non-sales’ forum where engineers can learn about the latest technologies and techniques,” said Richard Blackburn. “We want engineers to walk away from the event feeling that it’s been a really productive use of their time. We know the pressures engineers are often under, so we appreciate how valuable their time can be.”

This year’s event will include four workshops: an Embedded Linux workshop; a ‘GUI Development’ workshop, a ‘Software Timing Analysis’ workshop and a ‘MISRA C++’ workshop. There is a fee of £95.00+vat for each workshop. The rest of the event, presentations and exhibition is free to engineers and technical managers.

The free technical presentations will discuss such issues as the use of 3D CAD technology for enclosure design, and data management in realtime and embedded systems. The Exhibition includes vendors such as US based MontaVista, (a leader in commercial Linux), and Wind River, Canadian-based QNX, and Tilcon, and European companies such as Lauterbach and Goepel.

“It shaping up to be a good event,” said Richard Blackburn. “We have plenty of vendors on board and registrations are already coming in for the workshops. It should be an exciting and fun event again this year.”

Now in its 9th year, the Embedded Masterclass has become an increasingly important date in the UK engineering calendar.

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