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Sheetal.Pandey
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Re: Getting used to it
Sheetal.Pandey   2/26/2014 11:07:48 AM
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Yes the tool seems to be very useful for software engineers who spend hours altogether finding the bug. SOmething like this will save them lot of time. Imagine the times when you got to work on a code written and by someone else and there is no documentation explaining the code. 

David Ashton
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Re: Getting used to it
David Ashton   2/16/2014 3:28:46 AM
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@MB - resizing - I still have XP (yeah, I know, I'm a luddite :-) and you can resize in that with the Image \ Stretch and Skew.  You just stretch by the same amount vertically and horizontally.   Otherwise you get some very weird effects.....  

For cropping I prefer MS Office picture manager - it's very easy, also for adjusting colour / brightness / contrast.

illustrious - adjective 1. well known, respected, and admired for past achievements.
 
You got a problem with that??


MeasurementBlues
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Re: Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/16/2014 12:44:56 AM
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The Windows 7 version of MS Paint was a nice upgrade because it can resize images. I use it a lot.

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/16/2014 12:43:49 AM
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@David - I'm glad I am in such illustrious company.

Illustrious?

From 2088 to 2011, I was the EDN Design Ideas editor (three of the longest years of my life). One prolific contributor in Eastern Europe would hand draw his schematics and scan them. It drove me crazy because they were hard to edit. I asked him about getting some kind of schematic drawing program, but no way. Finally I asked if you could use PowerPoint and the did. So, I make up a library of circuit symbols in PowerPoint and sent it to him. After that, his scematics were easier to read and consistent. He probably still uses it. Michael Dunn should thank me for that.

At that time, EDN was still in print and until 2010, we had someoen who did a beautiful job drawing schematics for the magazine. She you take anyting and turn it into EDN's style. We lost her when EDN was sold to Canon but she came back part time for a while under UBM.

David Ashton
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Re: Getting used to it
David Ashton   2/15/2014 5:23:10 PM
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@MeasurementBlues - "As for me, I still do most of my graphics with Windows Paint. "

I thought I was the only one still using it!  I'm glad I am in such illustrious company.  MS Paint is, for most things, so easy to use.  It's horses for courses, for example MS Paint cannot (as far as I know, correct me if I am wrong) do graduated fills, but for most diagrams it can do pretty well anything you need.  I have a file of schematic symbols and have it open so I can copy and paste when I am doing schematics - for a small schematic it is very quick.   MS Paint is also great for putting (eg) a quick red circle on a photo to indicate the bit you're describing, or to annotate photos with text.  Simple it may be, but it's a great little program and I wouldn't be without it.

betajet
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Re: printf() and a fast compiler
betajet   2/15/2014 2:30:52 PM
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LOL, I actually have a deerstalker!  [For those who aren't familiar with the term, it's the type of hat worn by Sherlock Holmes.]  If I have a particularly nasty problem that requires detective work, putting on the deerstalker puts me in the right frame of mind.  OTOH, some problems require exploration.  For those, I have a pith helmet.

DrFPGA
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Re: printf() and a fast compiler
DrFPGA   2/15/2014 1:34:40 PM
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What a great rule. I need to make a bronze plaque and put that above my workbench. So many times I dive into debugging without really thinking of the data I need to really figure things out. probably need to get a deerstalker hat to wear while debugging too come to think of it...

betajet
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printf() and a fast compiler
betajet   2/11/2014 3:02:38 PM
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I like printf().  As long as you have a fast compiler+linker and a fast way to download a new image to your prototype hardware, printf() can be very effective.  For one thing, you can customize printfs to the specific problem at hand -- you are not limited to what the debug vendor has imagined that you might need.  The printfs tell you what the program is doing and the program "practically debugs itself" :-)

You can use conditional compilation to "comment them out", so that when [sic] the bug comes back three revisions later, just enable your printfs and "Bob's your uncle".

Here's the rule I've heard (and try to apply): All time spent writing debug and diagnostic code pays for itself -- it's never wasted.

MeasurementBlues
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Re: Getting used to it
MeasurementBlues   2/11/2014 1:35:44 PM
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@Max, the shelves are level. It's the floor that's pitched. No kidding, a 2-in. pitch over 18 feet. Playing with marbles on the floor is a challenge.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Getting used to it
Max The Magnificent   2/11/2014 1:28:19 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I used it to design shelving in my house and to make room diagrams for placing furniture.

Thise are the shelves where everything slides down towards the right -- right?

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