Monthly Archives: September 2010

Scope and Lifetime of Variables in C

Director at Feabhas Limited
Co-Founder and Director of Feabhas since 1995.
Niall has been designing and programming embedded systems for over 30 years. He has worked in different sectors, including aerospace, telecomms, government and banking.
His current interest lie in IoT Security and Agile for Embedded Systems.
Niall Cooling

In a previous posting we looked at the principles (and peculiarities) of declarations and definitions. Here I would like to address the concepts of scope and lifetime of variables (program objects to be precise).

In the general case:

The placement of the declaration affects scope
The placement of the definition affects lifetime


The lifetime of an object is the time in which memory is reserved while the program is executing. There are three object lifetimes:


Given the following piece of code:

int global_a;       /* tentative defn; […]

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The Baker’s Dozen of Use Cases

Technical Consultant at Feabhas Ltd
Glennan is an embedded systems and software engineer with over 20 years experience, mostly in high-integrity systems for the defence and aerospace industry.

He specialises in C++, UML, software modelling, Systems Engineering and process development.
Glennan Carnie

RULE 2: Understand your stakeholders

A Stakeholder is a person, or group of people, with a vested interest in your system. Vested means they want something out of it – a return on their investment. That may be money; it may be an easier life.

One of the keys to requirements analysis is understanding your stakeholders – who they are, what they are responsible for, why they want to use your system and how it will benefit them.

It’s important to […]

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