https://cppcon.org/ https://github.com/CppCon/CppCon2020 --- Projects have goals, timelines, and deliverables which should shape our solution space and approach. A recent project incorporating EtherCAT had other technical challenges and a fixed timeline which resulted in a basic integration approach.
After the project was complete I continued developing Ciere's capabilities to handle EtherCAT based communication. In all, three different levels of integration were developed.
This talk will briefly introduce the real-time suitable communication technology called EtherCAT and then review the progression of integration approaches. We will explore the techniques and language features employed and extract some rules of thumb about layered architectures. We will look at the technical, timeline, and risk trade-offs for each approach as we make observations about the value provided.
While this talk focuses on integrating C-libraries and facilities within a Modern C++ embedded target, the lessons learned and insights are applicable to Modern C++ projects of all sized targets. Attendees will walk away with a set of patterns for dealing with C library integration, some guidelines about value trade-offs, and one person's experience with implementations.
--- Michael Caisse
Michael Caisse started using C++ with embedded systems over 30 years ago. He continues to be passionate about combining his degree in Electrical Engineering with elegant software solutions and is always excited to share his discoveries with others.
Michael works for Ciere Consulting where he provides software consulting and contracting, C++ training and mentoring, and electronic design.
When he isn't fighting with compilers or robots, he enjoys fencing with a sabre.
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