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Embedded Systems Architecture by Daniele Lacamera

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Continuous integration

As previously mentioned, the test-driven approach is crucial in an embedded environment. Automating the tests is the best way to promptly detect regressions, and defects in general, while the development is ongoing. Using an automation server, such as Jenkins, it is possible to plan several actions, or jobs, to run responsively (such as at every commit), periodically (such as every Tuesday at 1 a.m.), or manually, upon user requests. Here are a few examples of jobs that can be automated to improve the efficiency of an embedded project:

  • Unit tests on the development machine
  • System validation tests
  • Functional tests on a simulated environment
  • Functional tests on a physical target platform
  • Stability tests
  • Static code ...

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