5 Best Eclipse Plugins: #5 (WickedShell)

Eclipse and CodeWarrior for MCU10 come with a wealth of functionality. But there is more out there: I can install more plugins from the eclipse market place. The possibilities are endless! Here are the five plugins I always add to my base installation, starting with rank #5: WickedShell. The plugin is installed from http://www.wickedshell.net/updatesite.

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Problem Occurred: Flash programming with overlapping memory

My post in “An error occurred…”: Applied Debugging Rules gives some hints about how to isolate and solve some debugging problems. But here is a case where the tips did not help: I had this dialog with “Failed to resume target process” for my HCS08 project again:

Problem occurred
Problem occurred

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Tracing with FreeRTOS+Trace from Percepio

As shown in Tracing FreeRTOS with a Hardware Probe: I have a nice hardware probe to trace out events from my application. But what about to use the target memory as trace buffer? New devices have much more on-chip memory, so this could be an attractive option. That was on my list of future extensions, but then the news came in: Percepio announced their collaboration with FreeRTOS+Trace: exactly what I needed!

It is using the same concept as the FreeRTOS Trace Probe: the trace hooks provided by the FreeRTOS API. But instead streaming it off the target as with the FreeRTOS Trace probe, it is using a RAM buffer on the device. The real cool thing is: the Percepio trace viewer is very, very nice!

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Disable my Code Generation

Processor Expert in MCU10 generates a lot of files for me. But sometimes I need to tweak things a bit. I change the generated sources to fit my needs, and then I want to prevent that my changes get overwritten by the next code generation.
First, I need to know which files are generated: the information in “Dissection of MCU10 Projects” helps me to identify them. But how can I prevent code generation for each component? Or for other generated files? Or how to completely disable code generation?

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CDE: Inherited Component Base Name

Inheriting Processor Expert components with CDE and the Component Wizard is easy. But sometimes it is tricky and requires some tweaking. Components should be easily accessible (see CDE: Show Inherited Methods), and names should make sense. And here is a challenge: changing the name for inherited components:

Inherited Component with Inhr Base Name

Inherited Component with ‘Inhr’ Base Name

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CDE: Show Inherited Methods

Using Processor Expert components makes my development faster and easier. And when I have a useful piece of software I want to distribute or use in another project, I transform it into a Processor Expert component. But recently I noticed a strange thing with my components: the inherited components did not show the methods and events?

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Tracing FreeRTOS with a Hardware Probe

Using an RTOS is an excellent thing: it provides services and allows to scale my application. But it adds complexity. With many tasks, queues and semaphores it is hard to have an overview what is going on. To get visibility, Martin Bucher has developed in a bachelor diploma work the FreeRTOS Trace Probe. Continue reading

Copy my Project

I’m using Subversion to keep track of changes in my eclipse MCU10 projects. That allows me to get back in time without the need to make copies of my project. But sometimes I do need to make a copy of my project: because I want to use a project as a base and then do something different with it. To make a copy of a project is simple, but requires some more steps if I’m using Target Tasks. Here is how I do this… Continue reading