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Connecting the Dots

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Update on the Community

We have been able to roll out most changes peacefully last weekend (for details, see Saturday Maintenance, EELive!, Single Board Computer and MicroConsult).

Here are some numbers about the community at the end of 2014 Q1, 5 months after we launched the community publicly. Numbers are rounded to the closest value.

 

ItemTotalin Q1By Business Day
Registered Members3,7001,40022.5
Pieces of content13,0001,90030
Blogs1,5002504
Documents5,6002804.5
Active Partner Spaces4002153.5

 

I thought the contribution per business day was very relevant as we have a professional community and contribution as well as traffic tends to be much lower during weekends.

Next week I will give you an overview of membership profile split.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Juergen Jagst wrote the most viewed content last week: ADAS – A Small Introduction of the Future of Automobiles. It includes the 560+ pages report from the 1968 United Nation Conference on Road Traffic in English, French, Russian...

 

Featured Partner

Cadence Design Systems, and more particularly Brian Fuller, has been very active this week with multiple articles like What wins today? Platforms, standards, smart methodologies.

 

Tip - Activity Streams and Notifications

For better efficiency, I use different streams based on subject and urgency.

There are subjects or people you want to read every now and again when you come on the community. But there are others you want to receive an immediate notifications about.

I would advise you have a stream dedicated to your colleagues or your Partner space from which you want to receive emails straight away.

For more information read How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream? and watch Finding and Connecting with People, Content and Places. If you need more clarification, please do ask in Community Help.

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, or Email.

Update on the Community

9Apr_RHS_Updates.pngFor "our comfort and safety" as the cabin crew would say, we completed a disaster recovery test last week. If our host data centre were to burn down or lose power, we should be able to get the community back up and running within a few hours.

 

The community will be unavailable Saturday 12th April from 10am UK Time for ~2 hours (other time zones).

Thanks to your feedback, we will roll out a few subtle changes to the community:

Social Sharing

  • I simplified some code for maintainability and Chinese users will see the Sina Weibo icon displayed first at the bottom of the content as well as on the right column. (I did say subtle changes)
  • Social media sharing buttons will be removed from non-public areas. This will make it even more obvious when content is not to be shared... That change only impacts 10% of our members. It took me a few hours to find how to implement that one.
  • Guests and non-logged in members will see the social sharing icons at the top of the right column; making it easy for visitors to promote the content you wrote!

Content Discovery

  • Similar content will also be suggested when you read blogs. Out of the box, you could only see "MORE LIKE THIS" in the right column of documents, discussions... An idea from Brad.

Miscellaneous

  • Code formatting in content: There is a problem with the software vendor standard style: if you use <pre> tag to nicely format your code snippet, it would display with extra line spaces, without mono-space font. I've made changes so the code you see in the rich text editor displays the same way when published.
  • Interface simplification: removal of a few unused menu options for community owners.
  • Disaster recovery test: from the test results I noticed a few tweaks to bring to theming, Google Analytics and the cookie pop-up code.

 

Next week, I will talk about numbers: who is in the community, how many users, pieces of content...

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thank you Chris Shore for bringing us the Porting to ARM 64-bit white paper. Also thank you very much for helping other engineers by replying to their questions.

 

Featured Partner

Sabine Pagler updated the courses from MicroConsult. Among others they can train you on ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers. MicroConsult is an ARM Approved Training Center.

Within a couple of days after updating her courses, I received an email asking for MicroConsult contact details about an STM32 course... So you should all really consider spending a few minutes refreshing your company space content once a quarter!

 

Tip - Follow Your Preferred Blog via RSS

You know you can follow anything and anyone in the community to receive updates, even by email if you want (How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?).

But, if you prefer to read blogs in your RSS reader, you also can!

You will find the RSS feed link on the right column of the blog container. For instance on /groups/arm-mali-graphics/blog for the ARM Mali Graphics group.

You can easily predict the link by appending /blog/feeds/posts to the have a feed of all blog posts of the community of your choice.

Search results can also give you RSS feeds...

 

What Next?

Any other thing we should think of? Just tell us: Comment below, Ask, or Email.

Update on the Community

We're happy to announce the winners of our first ARM Connected Community Member Rewards Program, as well as share some of the most popular posts of Q1.

 

Thank you to everyone in the community for your contributions - per week, the community is averaging 100+ new members, 100+ posts and 100,000+ views. These stats are proving the ARM Connected Community is quickly becoming the one-stop platform for anyone working with the ARM architecture.

 

The Top Employees and Members with the most points will be rewarded with an ARM-Powered Pebble Smartwatch and the members will also receive a gleaming trophy badge for their profile. The Rewards Programs will continue into Q2 and points will not be carried over - so you're all now on even field.

 

 

Top 3 Employees with Most Points

Peter Harris, Mali Software Architect

Martin Weidmann, Staff Applications Engineer

Karthik Ranjan, Global Operator Relations

 

 

Top 3 Members with Most Points

chinatiger, a frequent discussion contributor to the ARM Processors group

Bob Scaccia, President and CEO of USA Firmware

Colin Walls, Embedded Software Technologist at Mentor Graphics

 

 

Top Partner with Most Views

STMicroelectronics

 

 

Most Viewed Groups

ARM Processors

ARM Mali Graphics

ARM and Keil Tools

 

 

Most Viewed Content

Introducing ARM Cortex-A17 – a New Performance Point in Mid-range Mobile by Stefan Rosinger

Extended System Coherency - Part 2 - Implementation, big.LITTLE, GPU Compute and Enterprise by Neil Parris

Internet of Things: Complexity of software for Sensor Fusion on ARM's Google+ Hangout on Air by Jenny Su 苏琴

 

 

Popular Discussions

If you are thinking about becoming an ARM Accredited MCU Engineer, read these expert tips - AAME Certification Preparation Suggestions

TCP/IP stack for Cortex-A9 MPCore provides a selection of solutions to implement TCP/IP without a full blown OS on an ARM Cortex-A9 processor

How can I learn to build my own computer with ARM processors? on the basis of system design

 

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

Rest assured IE9 and IE11 users. The performance problems with IE9/11 are now resolved and experiencing a page load time of <2seconds. Please do tell us if it's not.

Help report spam when you see them. We've now lowered the bar and a post will automatically be removed pending review when it receives one abuse report. To report, click on Report Abuse from the right Actions of any post.

As we're almost at our 5 month anniversary, we'd love to hear what you think of the new ARM Connected Community. Let us know what you like, don't like or would like to change - our ears are open and we value your feedback.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

We welcome Aharon Etengoff to the community, follow him to stay up-to-date on Atmel related news

 

Featured Partner

Sunrise Micro Devices, a Florida start-up, announced a licensable radio, taking a page from the ARM business model. This will help entrepreneurs build out new IoT devices.

 

Tip - Updating your personal profile helps members find you in search results

The ARM Connected Community makes it easy to search for experts within the ARM ecosystem – it also makes it easy for people to find out about you, including your job title, your expertise and your interests. The best way to do that is with an accurate up-to-date profile. In this video you will learn how to edit your profile and add information and photos that make it relevant. Adding a photo of yourself to your profile will help make the community more personal and also making you much more approachable.

Update on the Community

Last Saturday, we rolled out the few changes we exposed in the last Connecting the Dots blog.

We also corrected an issue which could have affected email delivery. For those who like technical details, we updated the SPF records which could have affected the delivery of password reset and account validation emails.

A few members highlighted IE9 and IE11 loading time issues. This is caused by a third party script we use for social sharing. If we can't get proper tech support I will have to use plan B...

With a bit of success comes spam accounts. We have now an average of 5 new useless accounts per day... and we remove them all. So, if your profile only has a link to a moving company or a car dealer, you run the risk of your account being deleted.

If you eyes land on content which shouldn't be there, two options: you are logged in and you can click on Report Abuse. You are a guest and could email the URL to community@arm.com.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Thank you to pravinchanm who has been replying to quite a few discussions. Nice to see you back after your first status update.

 

Featured Partner

Congratulations to Oracle Corporation for the launch of Java SE Embedded 8. Learn more about the new Java version and how to get the JDK in Java SE Embedded 8 is Now Available  and in Exclusive Java 8 Launch Webcast - Register Now! from Sharat Chander.

 

Tip - Creating Industry Event in the News Calendar

If you attend an event chances are that it is pertinent to other members of the ARM Connected Community.

We have published a document explaining how to create events in the calendar: Event Creation: Location, Details, Tags & Acceptable Use - Guide.

Example of events recently used are: Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 and now in progress Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014.

We only allow events in the News section for a very simple reason: we cannot expect visitors to go and look in 940 different locations... This is roughly the number of places we have today.

 

Now, let's try and solve a Rubik's cube before next week...

Update on the Community

The community will be unavailable Saturday 15th March from 10am UK Time for ~2 hours (other time zones). We will roll out a few changes members kindly suggested. Here are the changes you should see after that planned maintenance.

  • Social sharing:
    • Available at the bottom of the content, even when not logged in: why should you need to be logged in to share‽
    • Twitter button will mention @ARMCommunity instead of @ShareThis.
    • Sina Weibo, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn networks available for all user languages.
  • Partner spaces: removal of the "Everything you'll need to know to get up-to-speed with Partner XXX" text below partner logo. A couple of Partners told us it didn't bring any useful info.
  • Mobile app branding and featured places: using proper community logos but also list main community areas on the welcome page. IMPORTANT: Android app users: please delete and re-add the community within the app. Otherwise you will have a network error returned...

Would you have any suggestions on changes we should consider?

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Karthik Ranjan has been the most active member this week. Karthik is leading the Smart and Connected group. Follow both to receive updates on mobile, Internet of Things, mbed... You could also take a minute to share your opinion on How To Get An Engineers Attention.

 

Featured Partner

Feabhas updated their courses, I invite you to have a look at the courses and blogs Jo Cooling put online. Feabhas is a member of the ARM Approved Training Center Program.

 

Tip - Blog Scheduling - BBB

Whether you wish to talk about a new product or you have a series of technical blogs you wish to write, you might want to write them in advance and decide when they become public.

To do this, before you click Publish, click on Advanced options just above the publish button and tick the Schedule... box. Your content will only become visible to the public at your selected time.

IMPORTANT: because of a bug, I strongly advise you to set your Language/Locale in your user preferences. Please do this now, before you forget! Blog Scheduling Date Problem and Workaround for more info.

 

Time for a wee nap now!

Update on the Community

The homepage of the community has been changed to make it easier for you to jump to your preferred topic area in the community. The left column now lists the active places instead of having three places featured and rotating weekly depending on current activity or events. Let us know if you like that or if you preferred the old way...

I need to update the branding used on the mobile version of the community. This will require me to disable mobile access for an hour, the time I put everything right. I believe this will impact accessibility through the Android and iOS mobile apps and I will give notice with a post a silent announcement on the community homepage.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Update on Reward Program

Instead of the usual Featured Member and Featured Partner, let me promote a few more this week with an update on the reward program. Points/views are counted from 1st January 2014.

You have until the end of March. Giving a correct answer is 10 points so ranking can still change. Points in the table below were correct as of last night.

 

#ARM EmployeePointsMemberPointsPartnerViews
1Martin Weidmann569chinatiger257STMicroelectronics5,951
2Peter Harris567mingyaoxu197Evidence SRL4,134
3Chris Shore277Bob Scaccia188Atmel3,176
4George Wang201Colin Walls157Sprint2,396
5Lori Kate Smith191pravinchanm141Freescale2,273

 

More on the program in Member Rewards Program, IoT Prototyping Workshop, How to Search for Partners and Products.

 

Tip - Weekly Email Digest

You can change your preferences on how often you receive the email digest and you can also choose not to receive it anymore.

Because we believe it is useful, by default all members receive it weekly. To change it, go to your user preferences (you need to be logged in) and scroll down to Community Digest and don't forget to Save your change.

 

UserPreferences_CommunityDigest.png

 

Time for a coffee now!

Update on the Community

We did have a short outage last week and I am very sorry if you lost any work during that unforeseen pitiful crash. Thankfully, our vendor started working as soon as the community started to stumble. After founding the root cause we were back up and running with a bit more headroom memory.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

This week kept ARM and Partners busy on two shows mostly: Embedded World and Mobile World Congress

 

Featured Member

This week thank you Ian Ferguson for your continued support and for blogging from far, far away... You can have a glance at his activity and follow him!

 

Featured Partner

We welcome Wikitude and Christine Mlynarik to the ARM Connected Community. Have a look at their SDK you can use to develop for Google Glass!

 

Tip - Use Top Navigation Links

If there are People Content or Places you often go to, in the community or elsewhere, maybe you should add them in your Links section.

They will be easily accessible from any page and you can personalise the top 10. Have a look at Links - Personal and Common to All Members

Potential use could be to make a shortcut to see all open questions in ARM Processors -> /groups/processors/content?filterID=contentstatus%5Bpublished%5D~objecttype~objecttype%5Bthread%5D~thread%5Bopen%5D&itemView=detail

TopNavigation_Links[1].pngFeedback?

We are eager to hear from you.

  • What do you think is good? Has the community helped you in any way?
  • What is really bothering you and you'd like changed?
  • Do you read this section

This is thanks to your feedback that we changed the default view to make it easier for you to use the community... So tell us! If we can do it straight away, we will. Otherwise, we will add it to the list to be prioritised.

You don't need to write a novel, a line is enough

 

You can either comment here, contact me in private or by emailing the team: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

We are currently investigating how we can improve the social sharing features. As it will require development to make the necessary improvements, it will unfortunately require time before we can roll this out.

Finally, we are working on improving documentation and creating more community help collaterals... That will be useful for the members who want to better understand how the community works. You can add what you'd like to learn by editing New FAQ Guidance Please.

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured Member

Thank you chinatiger for your interesting questions in our Chinese community. We have a dedicated space for Chinese speakers at 中文社区.

 

Featured Partner

I invite you to follow USA Firmware and discuss about the job of Firmware vs. Software Engineers in Time to change the definition of Firmware. Enough lousy code, let's get serious about this.

Thanks Bob Scaccia for sharing your insight on the subject!

 

Tip - More Helpful View to Browse Discussions

Because of member feedback we received, I switched the default view for Content and Places to show details instead of cards. Of course I didn't force that change on all existing members and left you to decide.

The benefits of the detailed list view are:

  • Lists in order of last activity (thumbnails does this as well but less obviously),
  • Shows the last activity timestamp on the right,
  • More compact view,
  • Threads with unread replies are in bold.

Thank you Chris Varnsverry for making that list...

Here is the visual comparison and how to switch views. Click on each picture for a bigger version:

 

ContentBrowseCardsSelect.pngContentBrowseDetailsSelectBold.png
Thumbnail or Card ViewDetailed or List View

 

 

Feedback?

We are eager to hear from you.

  • What do you think is good? Has the community helped you in any way?
  • What is really bothering you and you'd like changed?

This is thanks to your feedback that we changed the default view to make it easier for you to use the community... So tell us! If we can do it straight away, we will. Otherwise, we will add it to the list to be prioritised.

You don't need to write a novel, a line is enough

 

You can either comment here, contact me in private or by emailing the team: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

Wow, I hope you're keeping up with all of the huge ARM announcements being published in the community - what a great start to 2014! As you've probably noticed, ARM is utilizing the new community as one of the main channels to release news...and what makes this platform unique is that you can directly engage with the ARM project team employees. I encourage you to comment and ask questions on the blog announcements - what better person to answer your question than the expert themselves?

 

Below are a few of the announcements that have been released over the past week.

 

Featured Content

 

Featured Member

Mike Taylor of MicroModeler recently published a blog in the Embedded group - An Introduction to Digital Filtering with ARM MicroControllers

 

Featured Partner

STMicroelectronics continues to be a great contributor by updating the community on their new happenings:

 

Tip - Connect with Experts

The community search functionality makes it easy to filter and connect with those experts that are most related to your expertise. By doing so, you will be able to interact and collaborate with other members within the ARM ecosystem more easily and effective. Click here to browse members and type related key words within the filter text field. You can then choose to 'follow' the expert by clicking on the follow button. Now anytime that expert starts a discussion, posts an update or uploads a blog to the community, you will know about it because it will show up in your Activity stream. For a visual tutorial, watch the short video Finding and Connecting with People, Content and Places

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

We're happy to announce we have over 200 companies that have claimed their partner space on the new platform, but there are still many yet to be monitored by an admin. If your company is an ARM Connected Community Partner, it would be great if you can search Find a Partner to double-check if your company has been claimed by an admin.

 

Not yet an ARM Connected Community Partner? Membership is free and is open to any company with a product that uses or complements ARM technology, or with a solution that helps in any stage of the design process for ARM Powered devices. Click here to Join the ARM Connected Community Partner Program

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured Member

Sanjeev Verma of Aricent Group published the blog, Enabling GPU Compute on an ARM Mali-T600 GPU creates a power efficient HEVC decode solution

 

Featured Partner

Adeneo Embedded demonstrates their new fastboot on Freescale's i.MX 6 Quad SABRE SDP Platform

 

Tip - Are you new  to the ARM Connected Community?

We recognize the interface is rich in functionality, so please allow us to give you a quick introduction! Click here to read more about how and where to get started.

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

Thank you to the members that have reported the Chrome 32 bug when viewing either the Content, People or Places page in "Card View" - the display of cards and page layouts are not appearing as they should be.

 

Unfortunately, this is a known bug within the Jive platform that will be resolved in an upcoming release. The issue workaround is to set your preferences to "List View" instead (which is a better display in my opinion) - click on the following links to automatically set your display view. Content, People, Places

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured Member

josephgopu has been a great asset to the ARM Processors group in both asking and answering questions - thank you for your contributions Joseph!

 

Featured Partner

Hardent: A professional services firm providing engineering, training and management consulting to worldwide leading electronic equipment and component manufacturers. Hardent’s experts cultivate innovation in electronics, especially with ASICs, FPGAs, DSPs, embedded software, video processing and system on Chip (SoC) design.

 

Tip - Where to Publish Content

When publishing a blog or starting a discussion, it is best to publish it in the related place so you will be ensured it will be seen by the intended audience. Have a question about Mali? Post in the ARM Mali Graphics group. Have a blog about the Embedded space? Publish it in the Embedded group. Have a question for a particular partner? Search for the partner in Find a Partner and ask it directly on their space. Click here to view all of the Places in the community

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

We are excited to announce a new program that will reward the top members for their contributions to the community. See the document Point System, Status Level - Guide which provides examples of how you can earn points for your participation. Want to know where you stand in the rankings? Click here for the complete points standings.

 

Member Rewards Program Details:

  • Top 3 Members with the most points at the end of each quarter will receive an ARM-based consumer product of ~$200 value. (First contest will be points earned from Jan. 1, 2014 to the end of Q1. Points do not carry over to the next quarter)
  • Top Member with the most points at the end of 2014 will receive an ARM-based consumer product of ~$500 value.

 

Thank you to everyone for your contributions in helping to make a vibrant community!

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

Colin Walls of Mentor Graphics shares his favorite new tool in the recent Embedded Developer Interview: Colin Walls

 

Tip - Search or Filter Partners and Products

Looking for a specific partner or product? There are two ways to look for a partner/product by the search or filter functionality. View the following document that explains the simple process - Ways to Search or Filter Company or Products

For any questions, please do comment or post in Community Help.

 

Community Crash Course

Get the most out of the community and attend the Community Crash Course: Tips & Tricks WebEx Training on 28-Jan-2014 for All Members, hosted by Brad Nemire.

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Update on the Community

Happy new year to all readers.

In order to better serve you, we have changed how we organise the technical support and new feature developments. Even if that should be very positive in the longer term, this has slightly set us back with the desired feature roll out.

The RSS feed format has slightly changed in order to give you who the author is (her/his username). Let us know if that causes you a problem!

 

Featured Content

Every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.

 

Featured User

I would like to thank both Martin Weidmann and Peter Harris who kept helping when most of us were away from our screens. Thank you!

 

Tip - Activity Streams

If you don't want to poll all the content in the community, you can follow (=subscribe) to content, people and places to populate activity streams with content you are interested in reading.

For this, have a look at Finding and Connecting with People, Content and Places then How To Create/Manage a Custom Stream?. For any question please do comment or post in Community Help.

 

Community Crash Course

I almost forgot (OK, I did) the Community Crash Course: Tips & Tricks WebEx Training on 28-Jan-2014 for All Members. You will be able to not only get tips but also ask how to simplify your regular activities on the community.

 

Feedback?

If you could take some time to tell us how you think we are doing, we would be delighted to get your feedback.

You can either comment here, contact us in private or by email: community@arm.com.

Wow, what an amazing success the new ARM Connected Community has been since the launch at ARM TechCon 2013. Thank you to the over 2,000 registered members that have published more than 11,000 pieces of content and have asked nearly 400 questions. It is proving to be the one-stop platform for developers and design engineers working with the ARM architecture to collaborate, discuss ideas and challenges, and stay updated on the latest news from ARM and our partners. As 2014 is just underway, I want to share with you some of the "most popular" from across the community.

Top 5 Posts with Most Views

 

Top 5 Employees with Most Points

 

Top 5 Members with Most Points

 

Top 5 Partners with Most Views

 

Special thank you to the ARM employees that help manage each of the sub-groups: Android - Matthew Du Puy, Embedded - Brad Nemire, ARM Mali Graphics - Ellie Stone and Ryan Booth, Smart and Connected - Karthik Ranjan, SoC Implementation - Leah Schuth, ARM and Keil Tools - Ken Havens and Joe Alderson, China - Song Bin 宋斌 and Jenny Su 苏琴, News - Katie Morgan and Cara Forsythe, Find a Partner - Wenjun Zhang and Ping Zuo 左平, ARM TechCon 2013 - Desiree Joplin

 

Thank you again to all of you for helping with the success of the ARM Connected Community. This community was built for you - so please comment below on your thoughts of the new platform.

 

We look forward to a successful 2014!