If you've got a software project you want to tell the electronics community about or an idea that engineers ought to be working on, we'd like to hear about it.
For years, an increasing portion of the value proposition in electronics has been migrating to software and services. Silicon Valley has become almost a misnomer for a community now best known for Apple, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn — companies who make most, if not all, of their dough from code.
For example, in the last four years, the field of machine learning has exploded with many new algorithms, frameworks, and programming techniques evolving as I write these words. Separately, over the last decade, web giants and telcos have pushed hard to make networks more programmable, spawning whole new standards such as OpenFlow and NFV and new languages such as P4.
For years, EE Times editors have known that we need a full-time software editor. But there’s so darn much hardware news that we have trouble finding time to cover the bread-and-butter issues, let alone argue the case for expanding our reach.
These days, our staff doesn’t pretend to cover the waterfront of all that’s going on in hardware. We turn to freelancers and, increasingly, engineers in the field to help us cover all of the stuff that’s happening.
Now it’s time to put out a new call to action. If you are passionate about something going on in software today — or something that should be going on — pitch us an article on it.
Here are some examples of the kinds of guest articles that I’m sure are out there, waiting to be written:
Calls to action: Tell us about an open-source project that someone needs to start or an existing one with a gaping hole to fill. The Heartbleed attack showed how significant projects can fail to get the attention they deserve.
Best practices: Describe new directions that you see emerging in algorithms, programming techniques, or languages and that you want to get more people to adopt. For example, Darren Haas recently told us why he is a big evangelist for the Go programming language at GE Digital.
A couple of important details: Don’t pitch us your latest product, even in a veiled way — that’s an ad, and our readers are quick to see through it. Keep it crisp: If you can’t make your point in 650 words, consult Strunk & White.
There’s plenty of coding that needs to be done, and engineers need to let other engineers know what’s needed. So sharpen your pencil and send me a pitch anytime.