When you want to unit test... abstract the hardware

So you write embedded software in C and you think that unit testing might help you do it better. You already know about creating well-defined software modules and how this makes it easier to write unit tests. But what else can you do to make these modules easier to test? What are some more coding patterns that make unit testing easier?

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For embedded TDD, don't worry so much about testing on the target

If you want to do embedded test-driven development (TDD), running your automated unit tests on the target is too slow. When you're test-driving, you're running the tests very frequently. You will not want to wait for the tests to download to the target. It will disrupt your flow and you'll get more easily distracted.

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CMock vs FFF - A Comparison of C Mocking Frameworks

Did you know you have options when it comes to creating mocks for your C-language unit tests?

I've been spending a lot of time working with CMock -- since it's used by Ceedling -- but I've just been checking out FFF (the "fake function framework"). It's well done and I think it deserves a closer look.

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Using Rake to Build a Simple C Application

In this example we'll set up a simple build system for a C application to be complied with gcc. Using a similar method, we could use a cross-compliler (gcc or otherwise) to compile for whatever embedded target we would like.

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