Embedded Systems December 2000 Vol13_13

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E o con en s DECEMBER 2000 40 Turning a state machine into a program can be pretty straightforward if you follow the advice of a ski lled practitioner. Cover Story Embedded State Machine Implementation BY MARTIN GOMEZ Software Components for Real Time Create your own framework for component-based real-time software with- out a huge cost, effort, or run-time overhead. BY DAVID B. STEWART 140 COVER A state machine must do what you want it to, or you'll be left spinning your wheels. Cover illustration by Rupert Adley. 152 On the ROPES Object-oriented design is usual ly part of an overall developl11ent process. Here's a new process called ROPES (Rapid Object-Oriented Process for Embedded Systel11s) that may work for you. BY BRUCE POWEL DOUGLASS Flexible Dynamic Array Allocation C's static zero-based arrays are not representative of the actual data to be stored by many systems. Here's a 1110re flexible dynamic array allocator that you can use to supplement or replace static arrays. BY RICHARD HOGABOOM 161 How to Start a Consulting Business Tired of the humdrum and politics of working for a large corporation? Dying from overwork at a small start-up? Consider striking out on your own, as an engineering consultant. BY ROBERT ZEIDMAN

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