5 Essential Items on Your Desk for Embedded Development
While most home offices just need a monitor and keyboard, embedded development is a different style of work altogether. Having a proper desk setup for embedded development is a must to keep yourself unblocked and productive. There are a few things that are necessary for embedded applications.
1. Proper Lighting for Your Development Environment
Let's get the basics first. Proper lighting is a good foundation to get you started. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to hook something up or get a small wire into a breadboard with inadequate lighting. Small LED strips with switches are pretty inexpensive these days.
2. Powered USB Hub
Another item that is a must for your desk is a powered USB hub. These are often overlooked until you are trying to hook something up and realize you are out of USB ports, especially when developing with a MacBook (cough cough). One other reason to have one is that during development, you are having to hook up and unhook USB devices quite often. A powered USB hub just makes things a lot easier in that regard.
3. Multiple Development Boards
Now, let's get into the meat of things. Having multiple development boards you are working with on your desk at one time is a necessity. Why multiple? When developing, you may have one development board pulling an update or doing another action when you need to change something else. This can block you and increase your development time. Not to mention having multiple boards perform the same action can sometimes reveal problems you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. This can also help you rule out issues you may be having as well.
If you happen to be using a Raspberry Pi or Raspberry Pi Zero, we have custom-made Very branded mounts for these boards that also have mounting tabs for a breadboard! These can be downloaded and printed absolutely free. You can find them here.
Speaking of breadboards, they are also essential to an embedded developer. Having a breadboard with jumper cables can speed up your development time and also create situations on your desk the device might experience in the field. Not to mention all the other applications for which a breadboard can be used.
5. FTDI tty Serial to USB Converter
Lastly, an FTDI tty serial to USB converter is a must. It can let you interface to the device if you haven’t set up wireless connectivity yet. You can also communicate serially over USB sometimes. So, if you didn’t have this when you needed to communicate to the device, you would be blocked until you set up wireless connectivity.
Becoming an Embedded Software Engineer
Becoming an embedded software engineer is an exciting task, and these skills and must-have items for your desk will help you speed up your development and keep your wheels rolling.
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