Quentin Ochem

Quentin
Ochem

Quentin Ochem has a software engineering background, specialized in software development for critical applications. He has over 10 years of experience in Ada development. He works today as a technical account manager for AdaCore, following projects related to avionics, railroad, space and defense industries. He also teaches the avionics standard DO-178B course at the EPITA University in Paris.

Articles
Strong Typing Yields Strong Programming
Strong typing is not simply about avoiding bugs. It’s also about following sound software engineering principles and checking consistency at various levels.
Contract-Driven Programming Takes Specification Beyond The Stone Age
The industrialization age of programming by contract is opening a new era in software development. Just as development techniques went from assembly to structured languages and from structured languages to object orientation, contract-based programming is providing one more abstraction to software design.
Object Orientation in Embedded Critical Systems – don't be scared anymore! 10
Object Oriented Programming was introduced to software development almost half a century ago but should it be banished from embedded, safety-critical development?
C++11 and Ada 2012 - renaissance of native languages? 6
C++11 and Ada 2012 are the latest incarnations of C++ and Ada programming languages. Quentin Ochem delves into the similarities and differences of some new features in each language.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 4

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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