Posts Tagged ‘india’

Embedded C Quiz Results

Monday, February 11th, 2008 Michael Barr

When we redesigned the website late last year, we thought it’d be fun to challenge our more than 20,000 monthly visitors (mostly embedded software engineers) to a skills test. So we developed a ten question multiple-choice quiz ( And it has been a popular feature of the new site, with a couple hundred participants just in the first two months.

And now the results are starting to come in. We analyzed the early results a couple of ways and discovered something worth talking about: Quiz takers from India did about the same as quiz takers in the U.S. But the rest of the world lagged behind these two groups quite a bit.

There are ten questions in our quiz, and we consider a passing score to be 8 out of 10. A handful of quiz takers have scored 100%, but most score in the 30-90% range, with an overall average at 60.4%. (A little scary, huh?)

Statisically speaking, there were three significant groups of quiz takers by geography. The average score of those taking the quiz from the United States was just shy of 64%. The average for India was not far behind at about 61.2%. However, the rest of the world scored an average of just 55.9%.

What does this say about the state of the profession of embedded software development? Offshoring? The quiz itself?

To India and Beyond

Thursday, November 9th, 2006 Michael Barr

Much has been said and written in recent years about the offshorting trend for embedded software development. One of the destinations for some work has apparently been India, which has the triple advantage of world class educational institutions (e.g., the IIT system), an ultra-low cost of living, and English-speaking engineers.

Later this month I’m headed to Bangalore and Mysore in Southern India. I may or may not blog from there, but I will certainly be taking note of the embedded software companies and opportunities there. So please know that though my blog is silent I am indeed still active.