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This is my nth attempt to start something like a blog.
The last attempts all ended with me not writing anything. This time I try to force myself to do so every week.

Regarding topics here I think you can expect mainly software development related stuff. Embedded SW development (If this can be called like that nowadays), .NET stuff, Android development and whatever is engaging me currently.

My name is Michael Lamers (also known as Devmil in the internets) and I work for B/S/H/, a Bosch company creating household appliances of different brands. The most known ones are Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Thermador and Gaggenau. My job is defining the SW architecture of the UI software in those appliances. I also work in the UI Framework team providing all those UI projects a basis to create their UI software on.
As a technology stack we use C++ and Qt but even after 10 years of doing C++ I still don’t like that language. It is messy, error prone and leads to very long development cycles (change - build - test - repeat takes really long)
So a hobby of mine is to look out for alternatives that we might be able to use at work.

We recently moved to Linux as operating system which opened a huge door for alternative technology stacks.
At our current stage we are still very limited in hardware resources so currently most of the alternatives have no chance because of the size of the compiled binary + the framework needed to run it.

But I’m very confident that there will be a time for us where we will have enough resources so that a shift will be technologically possible. The next step then will be to convince all the experienced C++ developers to switch to something that they don’t know and where they have to start at the beginning.
Being open to such a change is a personality thing but also gets less when people get more old. I think the task of convincing the devs that a new language might bring a bunch of advantages and convincing the management that the risk of switching is worth to be taken will be much more challenging than getting the bits to run on our hardware.

In the context of looking at alternatives I already pushed a project called Qml.Net. The idea is: use .Net Core on our hardware and use Qt (as currently) as UI layer. Fast business logic development combined with a performant UI layer. The problem is size. ~20 MB of Framework gets added to the application. Too much for our lowest level hardware.

Interesting languages I want to look at are:

  • Go
  • Python
  • Kotlin Native

So plenty of stuff for blog posts I would say 😁

So long

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