I confess, not for the first time, that I'm a sucker for the great software philosophers of our time, Paul, Stevie, and Joel, to name a few. Their blog entries and essays are entertaining and thought provoking. However I'm often left unsatisfied because too much of what they advocate just doesn't apply to firmware and embedded systems programming. Sure, high-level languages like lisp and ruby are neat-o, but I'm just not seeing how they are going to help me poll sensors, write memory-mapped registers, and manage real-time tasks better. Where are the embedded systems philosophers and gurus?
I stumbled upon a few blogs the other day that might begin to qualify as good embedded systems blogs, and I want to write them down before I lost them. So here's a quick list with some accompanying rough first reactions:
- EmbeddedGurus.net - actually a collection of 4 interesting bloggers. Needs an aggregated RSS feed.
- Leibson's Law - looks pretty corporate, but the content seems OK.
- Embedded Components - I don't know, something about the writing is just weird to me.
- Benoit Lavigne - made a call for embedded systems blogging, though hasn't done much of his own lately.
- Timo's weblog - haven't looked at this one much yet, but he links to Benoit and a few other embedded blogs.
- Dan Saks Programming Pointers - not in blog format at all, which is a shame, because they seem like interesting articles.
Wow, just in making that list I found a few others. It might be time to add another page to my Netvibes RSS collection and see how these compare to the big three I named at the start.