Happy new year to all!
Happy new year! Image from www.freechristmaswallpapers.net.
First a few stats regarding mbedded.ninja in 2014.
And here is a screenshot of the number of visitors by month up to Jan 2015 since I started logging:
Num. of visitors to mbedded.ninja by month to January 2015.
Things I hope to attempt this year:
- Finish moving all component packages onto the own, separate pages. Currently most are still on the one giant page. Although it seems to work well to rank highly in the Google search engine, this poses problems for readers as the page takes a long time to load and navigate. I have finished the first 10 or so packages, but given there is over a 100, this will be a long and painful process :-D.
- Improve the SEO of more pages (most are not optimised).
- Improve the menu structure. Many of the menu icons don’t make sense, and I am considering the possibility of making the menu sticky to the top of the page.
- Stick with a domain and not get bored of it. If there is one thing I’m guilty of it is changing the domain name of this site too often. In 2004 it was first http://homepages.inspire.net.nz/~hunter/ (which still exists!!!), then www.undergroundmadlabs.com, then www.cladlab.com and now www.mbedded.ninja. In part it reflects the changing nature of the site’s content, but also my ability to choose names that I get bored of quickly. I think I’m on to a winner with www.mbedded.ninja, so let’s hope it stays that way!
- Publicise more! Haven’t worked out how I’m going to do this…
- Improve load times. I have just started looking into this, as I have had a feeling that the load times have not been spectacular. One monitoring service reports that the average load time for the home page is currently around 7-9s. Ouch! I don’t know what is ‘normal’, but this seems too high!
- Automate the adding of child pages to a TOC (table of contents) on the parent page. This will be especially useful for pages with a high number of child pages, such as the Component Packages page. Currently the only way to view child pages is through the main menu (which can get overwhelmed).
- Continue adding to and improving the existing content (as always).
Updates for December 2014:
Here’s the updates for this month! However, the thing that shadows all these points is the move to a new domain, more on that soon!
- Added Op-Amp banner.
- Moved the Control Methodology from under Programming->Languages->C to Programming->General, as it now contains information applicable to all programming languages.
- New page, Abstraction Layers under Programming->Methodlogies. Added an example of an abstraction layer for a operating system (OSAL), and for microcontroller hardware peripherals such as GPIO and UART.
- Updates to repo RingBuffCpp.
- Creation of new GitHub repo MStringCpp.
- Moved content on OpenCart page to OpenCart->General.
- Added info to the OpenCart->General page on how to disable vdmod logging.
- Updated the Electrical Supplier page with info about Samtec and fixed some of the formatting issues on the page. Fixed some external links on this page.
- New page, C++->Operator Overloading which explains how to perform operator overloading in C++.
- New page Electronics->Communication Protocols->AT Protocol.
- PSoC USB pins can be used as GPIO, but only when the drive mode is in one of two configurations. Info added to the pins section of the PSoC Components page.
- Moved all GitHub repos from user gbmhunter to new organisation mbedded-ninja.
Probably one of the biggest months of updates ever!
- Added minicom page.
- Added cat page.
- Info on variadic macros added to Programming->Languages->C->C Preprocessor Directives.
- New Memory page under General Programming
Updated Alitum Simulation page.
- New page on the Linux program diff.
- New page on C variadic functions (to complement the stuff added about variadic macros)
- New PSoC Fault Finding page.
- New Automated Code Analysis page.
- Git repo Code-Template-Files added
- New Compilers section under Programming with GCC page.
- New page, How To Properly Use FreeRTOS.
- New pages, Naming Conventions, under Programming->General, and C Naming Conventions, under Programming->Languages->C.
- Removed disqus ads, see this post.
- New page, Programming->Languages->C->Standards And Versions.
- Version Control Systems promoted to a sub-menu of Programming.
- New commands added to the .
- New page, Programming->Languages->C->Portabillity.
- Updates to the Programming->Languages->C->Pointers page.
- Added information about the C tenerary operator (?) to the Programming->Languages->C->Operators page. Also added information about the lack of a logical exclusive OR operator, and how to simulate one.
- Updates to the Programming->Languages->C->Structures page regarding initialisation and object-orientated style programming.
- Updates to the Programming->Languages->C->Enumerations page, adding info about how to change the data type of enumerations and enumeration syntax.
- New page, Programming->Operating Systems->FreeRTOS->Common Mistakes. Added info about the main() stack getting overriden when vTaskStartScheduler() gets called.
- PCB Design got promoted to be a sub-menu of Electronics.
New component package added, SOD-123F, to the Component Packages page.
- New GitHub repo, TemplateCodeFiles, which currently contains template code for the C and C++ languages.
- New GitHub repo, FreeRtosWrapper-Cpp. Contains wrappers to use FreeRTOS in a object-orientated C++ environment, including the ability to make a class function (a method), a task.
- Corrected some info on the Using C++ With PSoC Creator page, and added more info about thread-safe static initialisation and virtual functions.
- New section Methodologies under Programming. New page Inversion of Control (IoC).
- New page on PCB Stencils under Electronics->PCB Design. This includes information of the different etching processes as well as terminology such as aperture size and aspect ratio.
Updated to the RingBuff-Cpp GitHub repo.
- Updates to the Microcontroller IDE Comparison page relating to AVR Studio.
- New page on PCB Castellation.
It was only when I viewed my website from another person’s computer that I realised that the disqus commenting system was adding ads (an “Around The Web” section) to the bottom of this site’s pages. I have a strong aversion to ads (especially IRRELEVANT ones like disqus was adding), even though they could potentially earn me money (I had earnt around US$12 so far, sarcastic yay!).
After looking through the disqus setting on this site, I discovered that I had to remove them through the admin panel on www.disqus.com.
Now we are back to normal!
So progress has been a little slower than usual lately, here are all the updates from Feburary 2014 to June 2014:
- New info on jumpers (jumpers in resistor packages) on the Resistors page
- New page on electropermanent magnets (cool electronic magnets which retain their magnetic state after powerdown.
- New force equation on the Capacitors page (related to the force exerted on the plates due to the electric charge)
- Picture added of card-edge connector gold fingers on the connectors page
- New component packages added to the popular Component Package page.
- New page on electrical comparators.
I am now using Latex to draw diagrams! I have begun using QuickLatex, TikZ and Circuitikz. This allows me to draw images like this:
Admittedly, this is just an image, but the real diagrams on the Op-Amp page are described in the Tex language, and only rendered when you visit the page!
- And on a similar note, there is now both a TikZ and PGF tutorial and a CircuitikZ tutorial.
First off, Happy New Year!
It’s been a busy month around here! Most updates have been to the C++ and C language sections, as well as the new Linux->Programs section. Here are all the updates this month…