Meet the TI E2E Masterminds - George Mock

Continuing the new TI E2E Mastermind series today we introduce you to George Mock who is primarily active in the TI C/C++ Compiler Forum.

Describe your role at Texas Instruments and your history in working with the E2E community?

I belong to the Software Development Organization (SDO). SDO is responsible for, among other things, Code Composer Studio and all the software development tools packaged with it. My expertise is in C compilers, assemblers, linkers, and related code generation tools. I moderate the C compiler forum. I also attempt to own the C compiler related portions of the TI wiki (located here). I say attempt because, well, that part of the world is not something one could ever really control.

What was the last book or film you read or saw that inspired you and that you would recommend to others?

I’ll keep this to technical topics. Some books I like include:

  • Modern C++ Design by Andrei Alexandrescu
  • The C++ Standard Library by Nicolai Josuttis
  • Code Complete by Steve McConnell

What forums on E2E are you most active in and any tips for community members in either asking questions in them or searching for answers?

I stay busy enough keeping up with the C compiler forum. Customers only see me on the external one. There is also an internal one only open to TI employees. When asking questions, make it clear you have usefully struggled with the issue first. That usually shows up in the form of an on point question, and not some garbled plea for help. Clear questions get a faster response every time.

For anyone new or starting out with areas your forums cover what resources or advice would you give them?

A well written forum post takes time to put together. It often takes less time to search the forum first. Use the text box you see on the upper right of most forum pages. Many customers have good luck with that. Google search on the wiki also works well.

Any quick tips you want to share for other community members?

Rare is the compiler issue we can solve without a test case from you. We realize getting a test case together can be difficult, sometimes very difficult. But it is often the only way forward.

Any favorite E2E stories, threads or Blog posts?

I know the true identity of Archaeologist. But I have been sworn to secrecy. I can only tell you that it is not me.