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What are the most important software tools?

Aug 31, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views has initiated the latest in its Embedded Linux Polls series. The new poll will assist Embedded Linux product, service, and training providers in understanding the needs of developers who use Linux in their embedded system projects. The new question posed is: “What are the most important software tools?” Respondents are asked to rate the value they place on eleven commonly used… software development tools, when developing Linux based embedded systems:

  • The GNU Toolset (gcc, gdb, etc.)
  • Test Coverage
  • Performance Profiler
  • Real-time debugger (lets you monitor system state while running)
  • Real-time system event tracing tool
  • Source Browser
  • Superior compiler (has fewer bugs & compiles better code)
  • Device driver tool-kit
  • GUI tool-kit
  • Integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Memory profiler
Please vote here.

The purpose of the Embedded Linux Polls is to develop an improved understanding of the embedded Linux market. The polls highlight specifics of the embedded applications, developer preferences for tools and support, and other aspects of the growing use of Linux in embedded applications. The new poll joins seven other ongoing surveys:

Like Linux itself, the data collected in these polls are fully available for all to share. also invites companies and developers in the embedded Linux market to email suggested questions for future Embedded Linux Polls to [email protected].

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