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The Insider's Guide to Arm Cortex-M Development

By : Zachary Lasiuk, Pareena Verma, Jason Andrews
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The Insider's Guide to Arm Cortex-M Development

By: Zachary Lasiuk, Pareena Verma, Jason Andrews

Overview of this book

Cortex-M has been around since 2004, so why a new book now? With new microcontrollers based on the Cortex-M55 and Cortex-M85 being introduced this year, Cortex-M continues to expand. New software concepts, such as standardized software reuse, have emerged alongside new topics including security and machine learning. Development methodologies have also significantly advanced, with more embedded development taking place in the cloud and increased levels of automation. Due to these advances, a single engineer can no longer understand an entire project and requires new skills to be successful. This book provides a unique view of how to navigate and apply the latest concepts in microcontroller development. The book is split into two parts. First, you’ll be guided through how to select the ideal set of hardware, software, and tools for your specific project. Next, you’ll explore how to implement essential topics for modern embedded developers. Throughout the book, there are examples for you to learn by working with real Cortex-M devices with all software available on GitHub. You will gain experience with the small Cortex-M0+, the powerful Cortex-M55, and more Cortex-M processors. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to practically apply modern Cortex-M software development concepts.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: Get Set Up
Part 2: Sharpen Your Skills

The now – tips to being a great developer

In each focus area of this book, we have attempted to atomize the topic, explain the underlying details, then showcase examples in a realistic context. In every area, there is so much to potentially cover that we selected the most salient points to write about and provide examples for. Two topics in particular (cloud development and testing/CI) are largely unutilized in embedded development and offer many avenues to increase your overall development efficiency. We will now expand on these two topics, presenting more options, context, and advice to move from being a good developer to a great one.

The cloud

As shown in Chapter 8, Streamlining with the Cloud, there are two main ways to think about leveraging the cloud: as a means to increase development efficiency, and as a means to increase device functionality and management when deployed. This section will offer further advice on both these axes.

Tip #1 – Try cloud service...