Parallel Port Complete: Programming, Interfacing, & Using the PC's Parallel Printer Port New edition Edition

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An excellent resource for Visual Basic programmers looking to interface hardware through standard ports. Anyone designing hardware to work with a parallel port is well advised to add this book to their library. -- Personal Engineering and Instrumentation News, Paul Schreier, May 1997

If you need to do any development of parallel port devices or want to get a bit-level understanding of the port's inner workings, I strongly recommend Parallel Port Complete. -- Bill Machrone, PC Week, July 20, 1998

If you want to learn about PC-based parallel ports, then you need a copy of Jan Axelson's Parallel Port Complete. Good stuff. -- Electronics Now, Jeff Holtzman, Aug. 1997

It's been awhile since I've seen a book as practical as this one. Parallel Port Complete is a real keeper! -- Nuts & Volts, Joseph Carr, March 1997

The book is written in a very readable style and starts off with the basics; you don't have to be a hardware guru to read it. If you think you might ever need to access a parallel port (under any operating system), this book is for you. -- Windows Developer's Journal, Feb. 1998

About the Author

Jan Axelson writes about computer programming and electronic technology. Jan's books include USB Embedded Hosts, USB Complete, Serial Port Complete, and USB Mass Storage. Jan's articles have appeared in Circuit Cellar, EDN, Embedded Systems Programming, and Nuts & Volts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Lakeview Research; New edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965081915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965081917
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write books for developers who use USB, serial ports, and other interfaces in their projects.

For tips, tutorials, example code, and more, visit my website, janaxelson.com

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book for those interested in controlling the parallel port interface on the PC. The most common usage is for cheap/inexpensive data acquisition or control, but the book also covers "LapLink" type transfers, high speed printing and device chaining. In my opinion, this books greatest strength is that all of the code is provided in Visual Basic, Delphi and C. Visual Basic and Win95/WinNT cannot directly control the printer port, so the authors have made a library of routines for use with any language, thus filling a hole that exists in Visual Basic. Anyone who wants to directly control the parallel port from Visual Basic will find everything they need (both on disk and in instruction) in this book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jay Weaver on September 16, 2003
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Do not purchase the e-book version of this book.
The e-book version is over protected, Over priced and almost completely usless.
You Cannot print or copy and past the example code for use in your own programs. You do not get the Code disk with this either.
Neither can you copy the e-book to another computer or, as I was wanting, to a PDA. (The e-book is encripted)
Do Not waste your money on the e-book version of this book!
You will be better off with the Hard copy + Code disk.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor on December 18, 2000
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For many people involved in a project to connect something to a PC parallel port this book will be the only one needed. It contains detailed information about almost all aspects of parallel port interfacing for PC systems.
The author covers the port from the nitty gritty of designing and building custom hardware to connect to the parallel port to the higher level protocols such as the IEEE standard for daisy chain negotiation on the port.
The book covers all of the different modes of operation including ECP and EPP as well as the original parallel port and the PS/2 or bidirectional port.
As well as the descriptions of these aspects of the parallel port the book includes a disk with code to access and drive the port from Windows Visual Basic programs.
The book is aimed squarely at the PC & Windows world but it is applicable outside that environment. Many systems now include parallel ports that are register compatible with the PC parallel port from a programming point of view. More that that, the protocols that operate between the computer and the peripheral are standard and so something like the daisy chain protocol is relevant to any architecture that wants to use it.
My only criticism is the way in which some information is presented. It's not that anything is left out, but by way of an example, the IEEE standard document is a more readable description of the daisy chain protocol than this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Hebert on January 17, 2000
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This is a very good book for VB programmers who need to do communication programming over the parallel port. It includes a disk with a custom dll for accessing the port with several great examples and techniques of writing a communication program to be used by the parallel port. This book will be a great help to VB programmers who don't want to write C code to access the parallel port.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ms patricia kelliher on March 19, 2004
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i found this book to be of great use. it is fairly well written, comes with software and lots of sample circuit schematics for building things.
there dont appear to be that many books on this subject available (last time i looked on amazon i got 6 results) and i was pleased to find that this book provided me with the information i required to complete certain projects. household automation and a security system being among them.
i have to admit that the visual basic code is a bit long winded, and am left asking the question, why not just use assembly language (3 lines of code required to write to or read from a port, as opposed to dozens of lines of code to do it with visual basic). though i guess most people dont have time to go and learn how to program in assembler before hand. but if your reading this and have considered maybe learning assembly language, i urge you to do so. its not neally as hard as people say, just takes some getting used to and some patience. a good beginner assembly language book is Kip R. Irvine's "assembly language for intel based computers". and a more advanced one which i hold in high regard is "The 80x86 IBM PC and Compatible Computers (Volumes I & II) Assembly Language, Design, and Interfacing". NOTE: assembly language is really the only way to go for real time control.
overall im very happy i bought this book and would recommend it to anyone wanting this information, unless they were intending to do something with an nt based operating system, in which case this book is useless to them, beyond explaining how the parallel port works, and for the example circuits.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1997
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Axelson's book conducts you through the intricacies of accessing your PC parallel port from Visual Basic. It covers the all-important hardware details of each variation of parallel port, so that you can understand what may (and may not) be done using them.

Sufficient example programs are included to illustrate each topic. Also included are the 16-bit and 32-bit DLLs required to access the parallel port I/O registers
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1998
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There's a pretty thorough overview of all sorts of PC parallel ports and their use for non-trivial interfacing (other that the printers, that is.) An enormous drawback of this book is that all code is in Visual Basic. That is as revolting as Knuth's use of his imaginary MIX assembly in his algorightms books. Hard to justify, especially for such a hardware-specific area of programming. Otherwise the book is very helpful.
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