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Embedded Muse 76 Copyright 2002 TGG October 16, 2002


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EDITOR: Jack Ganssle, jack@ganssle.com

CONTENTS:
- Editorís Notes
- Embedded Seminars
- ESC and SD Double Header
- Jobs
- Thought for the Week
- About The Embedded Muse

Editorís Notes


What awful economic times! I canít pick up a paper without reading of massive layoffs. The embedded world is suffering more than most since so much of it revolves around datacom and telecom, which are two of the hardest-hit industries in this recession.

I hear from a lot of engineers who are without work and desperate for a job. I have neither the time nor the skills to be a matchmaker, but canít bear to see so many people being left adrift. So as an experiment, starting with this issue youíll find a ďjobsĒ section in the Muse from time to time. This week thereís an inquiry from a search firm looking for an embedded person; no doubt others will surface too, and Iíll run these as appropriate. The Muse has never accepted advertising; these are being run for free as a service to the embedded community, and come with no endorsements from me. I *really* donít want to turn the Muse into an outlet for all of the headhunters in the world, but do wish to make some effort to help those in need. Please let me know what you think of this.

In my October column in Embedded Systems Programming (http://embedded.com/story/OEG20020926S0063) I mentioned a CAD program named Designworks Lite (http://www.dwlite.com). Quite a few readers wrote in to say that EAGLE (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/) is also a great and cheap CAD program. I havenít used it, but have never had so many people write about one product. What a loyal following! It sounds like another winner.

Software Development Magazineís most recent issue (November 2002) has a salary survey for software folks. Check it out or catch it online at http://www.sdmagazine.com/documents/s=7664/sdm0211a/sdm0211a.html. Bottom line Ė average programmer salaries in the USA run about $89k.


Embedded Seminars


Iíll be presenting my Better Firmware Faster seminar in Irvine, CA on December 4 and Dallas, TX on December 6. See http://www.ganssle.com/classes.htm for more information. This is the only non-vendor class around that shows practical, hard-hitting ways to get your products out much faster with fewer bugs. The crummy economy is putting pressure on all developersĖ come and learn the tricks you need to be more efficient.

I often do this seminar on-site, for companies with ten or more embedded folks whoíd like to learn more efficient ways to build firmware. See http://www.ganssle.com/onsite.htm.


ESC and SD Double Header


This yearís Embedded Systems Conference in Boston runs November 18-21 at the Hynes Convention Center. Iím giving two talks (Managing Embedded Projects, and Really Real Time), and will be running a shop talk as well. Please stop in and say hello. Thereís more info at http://www.esconline.com/.

And this year the SD (Software Development) Conference runs in the same location at the same time. This is too good to miss Ė two conventions in one. SD runs November 18-22, also at the Hynes Convention Center. See http://www.sdexpo.com/ for details.


Jobs


Thought for the Week


Check out:
http://www.plexus-technologies.com/FunStuff/Movies/movies_we'd_like_to_see.shtml

Fun movies weíd like to see. Included:
- Indiana Jones and the Processor of Doom
- Commando Engineer
- Force 10 from Silicon
And more. Itís worth a gander.