New Website

mbeddr has a new website. If you visit mbeddr.com you will set it. The website has a much more modern look and feel (it uses Twitter Bootstrap) and also presents mbeddr’s features much better on the first page through a set of small videos. In case you notice some similarities with the Xtext website, this is not a coincidence: we have reused their code, with their permission. Thanks Xtext🙂

We have ported all contents. The only thing we have not yet found a solution for is the RSS feed for the blog. We’re working on it! For the time being, this RSS feed here will be maintained as well.

Eclipse Proposal for mbeddr available

We may have mentioned this before, but we are in the process of making mbeddr an Eclipse project. We have been working on the proposal for a while, and it is now online at eclipse.org. So if you are interested in using or participating in the development of mbeddr, there will soon be a well-defined governance process. If you are interested in the project, why don’t you register as an interested party for the project?

mbeddr Windows installer

After making it easier to use mbeddr on Debian-based Linux system, we are proud to announce that Windows users are now also able to use a simple installer to install mbeddr and all it’s required tools. This will make using mbeddr on Windows much easier. The installer will run on any Windows system with .Net 4.0 installed. This is the case for Windows Vista and newer, or if you have manually installed it on XP.

The installer is available from now on with the install packages. After downloading it, you have to extract the zip file and run the mbeddr-installer.exe. It will ask you for administrator permissions and then download all the dependencies of mbeddr. We are able to download and install most of them but some need your interaction. The installer will guide you through the process. If you experience any problems with the installer please file an issue at our github repository. Beside a detailed description of the problem please also include the debug log of the installer. It is located in %TEMP%/mbeddr/.

The installer also deploys the mbeddr tutorial, in the subdirectory “tutorial”. After opening it, you will likely get two errors. First, it complains about an undefined path variable mbeddr.github.core.home. Select Fix It, and delete the path variable. Second, it will complain about VCS root errors. Select Ignore, and the problem is solved. Both errors are a consequence of the fact that we take the tutorial from an environment that requires these two variables, it is currently not so simply to avoid the (easy to fix) errors in the deployed version.

mbeddr Talk at EclipseCon Europe 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 10.56.24 AMFrom Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, the European edition of Eclipsecon will take place in Ludwigsburg, Germany. As usual it is packed full of interesting talks on topics around Eclipse — and others! For example, there is a talk about mbeddr on Tuesday the 29th in the BĂĽrgersaal room. In the talk, Stefan (from BMW Car IT) and Markus will talk about how mbeddr was used to simplify the development of AUTOSAR software. Of course, it includes an introduction to mbeddr itself as well. So if you are at Eclipsecon, please join us for the talk!

mbeddr debian package

Till today mbeddr was always released as a zip file that you had to unpack to your MPS installation. Which is fine on windows but since Linux systems ship with a powerfull package management system out of the the box, we are happy to announce that mbeddr is now also available as a Debian package. You can either download it from the Github release page or we have setup a repository containing the MPS and mbeddr package.

Customizing the Reporting Framework For Serial Output

Introduction

As some of you might already know I have worked on an Arduino extension for mbeddr. Because such systems run headless, you can’t just use printf for displaying messages. These systems usually ship with a serial or USB port which can be used to communicate with the outside world. There are actually two ways to deal with this. First we could replace the printf-backing file handle with a handle that writes to the serial port. Second we can use mbeddr’s own reporting infrastructure: this approach also gives us more flexibility because we could either write messages to the serial port or store critical errors in EPROM for further investigation.

Here I will talk about how to build your own reporting backend for mbeddr, in this case a backend that writes to the serial port.

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