Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 14:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As the first images of the Mars Curiosity lander start pouring in, let's talk about what operating system it runs. As I found out via Hacker News, the project runs on VxWorks, a very popular embedded operating system used for truly mission critical tasks. I'd love to know just how much work has gone into making it bug-free - this isn't the kind of environment where you want code to fail.
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That is good. Globals are bad enough as is; making them REALLY global, with no method for finding namespace conflicts or thinking you're writing to MyVar1 when you've typo'ed it to MyVarl is a big problem (In submission box's font, you can't even tell that's a "one" and an "el"! It's a little better after it's "published" to the site.)

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