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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (January 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879305134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879305130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dhananjay V. Gadre wrote these parallel port programs while developing instruments for the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ganeshkind, India. He is currently on leave from the IUCAA to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. Gadre's publication credits include Dr. Dobb's Journal, Embedded Systems Programming magazine, Electronics World, Computers in Physics, and EDN.

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Dhananjay V. Gadre (New Delhi, India) completed his MSc(Electronic
Science) from University of Delhi and M.Engr (Computer Engineering)
from University of Idaho, USA. In his professional career of more than
21 years, he has taught at the SGTB Khalsa College, University of
Delhi, worked as a Scientific Officer at the Inter University Centre
for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and since 2001, he is
with the Electronics and Communication Engineering Division, Netaji
Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi, currently as an Associate
Professor.

He is also associated with the global Fablab network and is
a faculty at the Fab Academy. Professor Gadre is the author of several
professional articles and four books published by international
publishers such as McGraw Hill International and Elsevier. One of his
books has been translated in Chinese and another one in Greek. He is
a Technology Angel with the Department of Scientific and Industrial
Research, Government of India, helping innovators in India, assessing
and certifying technical proposals. He is a licensed radio amateur
with a call sign VU2NOX and hopes to design and build an amateur radio
satellite some day.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Don't let the first title word 'Programming' mislead you that this book is only for Programmers! The software diskette accompanying this book only enhances the overall viability of Mr. Gadres' remote data acquisition techniques. The sub-title 'Interfacing the PC for Data Acquisition and Process Control' is a broad claim. His experiments more than backup the claim.
Generally speaking, one would have to research many books in order to centralize the concept of say, reading the temperature of a device, and displaying while storing the value on a PC laptop.
This book starts out with fundamental logic gates for the Novice and smoothly moves ahead into deeper water. An in-depth section on the Enhanced Parallel Port and its' attributes was very educational for me. It is when Mr. Gadre puts his practical A/D circuits to full use, that one can appreciate the work done here. The included software helped me jump right into the operation stage. My favorite part of the book was the idea of utilizing a separate Micro Processor chip to continually perform all of the real time scanning, and using the parallel port to 'catch' the last pre-processed data. This removes a lot of PC overhead and prevents data synchronization loss. I will probably use this method for my home PLC.
All program source codes in 'C' are included with the book. Although Linux was his OS choice, I used my Visual C without any major problems.
Overall, this is an excellent mixture of software and hardware. I recommend this book for any person planning to work in the Embedded Controller Industry. The concepts are solid and are good reference materials.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 1999
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This book is full of practical examples in C for interfacing hardware with the printer port. Examples: a speech digitizer, parallel break out box, photometer, data acquisition system, an EPROM emulator, programming an AT89C2051, a waveform generator, and even a Linux data acquisition system with a web-based display!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1998
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This very up-to-date handbook reveals little-known secrets of PC hardware and the software needed to control the outside world with a PC. Suitable background in electronics is given for the book to be used as a textbook, yet the approach is that of a helpful cookbook. Going beyond the PC, the important topic of microcontrollers is addressed. Best of all, important problems in data measurement using PCs can be addressed with very inexpensive hardware easily built (a complete novice might need a Radio Shack style guide to how to do soldering). Software is included in source code form on disk, an added bonus. Reading this book won't get you an EE degree but it might be the next best thing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lane Phillips on March 29, 2000
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This book gives a complete description of the parallel port and its protocols. It also has lots of cool circuits for data acquisition. Within hours of receiving this book, I had written a program to communicate with the parallel port on my Windows 98 box. However, my project needs to run on Windows NT, and NT does not allow you to write directly to IO ports like this book assumes you can. The book gives no help for accessing the parallel port in NT, so I am subtracting 1 star. Linux also does not allow direct access to the parallel port, but this book does cover programming in Linux. Also, the author uses Turbo C for most of his examples, you may need to make some changes to use a different compiler.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve D. Hale on May 8, 2001
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Relatively complete treatment of the basic Centronics and Bi-directional modes. About 5 pages devoted to EPP and ECP--nothing about protocols or support from any (modern) operating system. All examples use Bios calls which are unavailable after DOS. Looks like a re-tread of a much earlier work. Hardware-software examples are fine, but utilize many parts which have been out-of date for years. A real disapointment..I sent it back!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
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Dr. Gadre gives a very useful approach to using the parallel port as a general-purpose data acquisition bus. Another review of this book mentioned that it was light on ECP & EPP coverage. While yes, the chapter devoted to this is short, the material presented in that chapter is used later in the book in specific examples. Also, coverage is not limited to the DOS/BIOS environment, there is a chapter on using the parallel port under Linux. While some of the material is a little bit dated ("newer" Linux kernels according to the text are those from 1.2 on) this must be moderated by the understanding that the book was published in 1998 and undoubtedly written to a large extent in the years prior. In fact, a great deal of data acquisition even today still takes place within DOS, so any DOS-related information is still very useful, and the electronic circuits presented are virtually timeless. I didn't notice in particular any parts listed which weren't available, and most would probably be best emulated in a PLD today anyway.
My main problem with the book is the number of typos I've found so far, which is why I've withheld a star.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Holt on May 19, 2000
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I really enjoyed D.V. Gadre's book. It is well laid out and follows a progressive educational type style. It starts you off explaining some of the basics so that even if you aren't an engineer you can follow what he is doing and see where he is going. The next step is to build an actual working simple parallel interface for which he has already created the basic software. Next you progress into larger and faster projects in a logical progression to each successive step.
D. V. Also documents the programs in C very well so that non-programmers can follow how each process of sending, receiving or processing data occurs. Plus his book is one of the few that actually details exactly how the parallel port and each of its pins is addressed. If you are a novice or a student this book is a must have for you personnel library.
The information, programs and circuits in this book will save you hundreds of hours which makes this book a really great value.
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