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General Suggestions and Guidelines

Here are a few suggestions that if followed should ease things a bit.

  • Design First. Design your code before you start typing. The compile-download loop is longer for embedded systems. “Trial and error” coding doesn't work well. It just leads to frustration and poor productivity.
  • Work incrementally. Write small functions and test them as you go. Do not write a bunch of code and then compile it and test it. It is much harder to debug that way. Coding incrementally means that you are focusing on a smaller amount of code when debugging. This is always a good thing.
  • Start Right Away. It is amazing how much faster you can find bugs when you are rested. Also, taking a break when you are faced with a difficult problem usually makes it easier to ultimately find the bug. Starting fresh the next day is also helpful. The worst possible situation is trying to find a bug at the last minute, especially when you wait until the last minute to code things up. When the pressure hits, IQ points seem to dissipate…
general_suggestions.txt · Last modified: 2014/09/03 12:19 by hutch