Any opinions about FREE RTOS? I like a priority scheduling kernel for the product that I about to work on, but are there any significant issues or just annoying features?

I am checking out the Free RTOS documentation and other resources. Just curious if anyone has experienced any undocumented issues with it.

That's all. Ed

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Ed Prochak
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I've used it on a couple of projects. It works fine.

My biggest complaint with it is the old-fashioned style. It uses the hideous "systems Hungarian notation" naming, has lots of macros, opaque void* pointers, and the like. Many RTOS and library developers seem to view "pure ANSI C" (by which they mean C89/C90) as a good thing for portability and compatibility - to me, it means coding styles that went out of fashion 20 years ago for good reasons.

But FreeRTOS is not alone in that, and many alternative RTOS's have the same sort of thing. At least it does not use insane cmake or kconfig configuration and build systems.

It is supported on a wide range of target architectures - that is both an advantage and a disadvantage.

It's not perfect, but I don't know of anything better, and I will happily use it in the future.

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David Brown

Oh I HATE Hungarian notation. hate, Hate HATE! Well I'll deal with it.


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/Real/ Hungarian notation, as proposed by the Hungarian Charles Simonyi, was to give additional information that was not part of the variable's type. Thus "usInputString" might be a char* that holds an "unsafe string" (not yet checked for weird characters, SQL injection attacks, etc.), while "ssQueryString" would indicate that this is a "safe string". Calling these "pchInputString" and "pchQueryString" is, however, pointless, distracting, and harder to maintain. (In untyped languages, it could be useful.)

It's also fine to have, say, "mutBusLock" and "semDataReady" naming a mutex and a semaphore, since the types of these variables (in FreeRTOS) will be the same.

Basically, Hungarian notation - like any other convention - is a good thing if it adds helpful information in a convenient manner without distracting from the code, and without imposing a maintenance burden. It is a bad thing when it duplicates something that is better expressed in a different manner (such as types), makes code harder to read, or harder to maintain.

However, it's not uncommon to have your own wrapper functions anyway. For example, you don't want things like this in your main code :

void do_bus(...) { if (!xSemaphoreTakeRecursive(bus_mutex, pdMS_TO_TICKS(100))) { panic("Can't get the lock - something is badly screwed!); } else { start_bus_transaction(); ... end_bus_transaction(); xSemaphoreGiveRecursive(bus_mutex); } }

Your main code will look like :

void do_bus(...) { get_bus_lock(); start_bus_transaction(); ... end_bus_transaction(); release_bus_lock(); }

Or, if you work in C++ (and this is a good idea, IMHO), you will have :

void do_bus(...) { Bus_locker lock; start_bus_transaction(); ... end_bus_transaction(); }

The ugly raw FreeRTOS calls are hidden inside your wrappers. Then you only have one place to pick the lock type. (Remember, it's C, and old-fashioned C at that - the compiler can't help you if you mix up mutexes, recursive mutexes, semaphores, or queues of any kind. They are all just handles and there is no type safety.)

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David Brown

Thanks for the suggestion but I forgot to mention the key constraints: This is a maintenance project, so HW platform and OS are already chosen. The bulk of the code apparently is written.


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Yes, good points. Thanks Ed

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Ed Prochak

I've used it successfully for many many projects, on several different hardware architectures. It's solid, well-supported via great forum, no big difficulties or challenges. Yes the naming is annoying but that's not a big problem! Lack of supported C++ bindings is a hindrance but not hard to add wrappers as needed. Hope it works well for you too, Best Regards, Dave

PS: An important advantage is many IDEs include FreeRTOS-aware debug windows (process status with stack use, queue status).

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Dave Nadler

Thanks Dave.

I'll be using C and likely SiLabs Simplicity Studio (Eclipse based)

Next week I get the full details of the work. I'll try to post highlights and lowlights as I make progress.

Thanks all. Ed

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