- Hardcover: 824 pages
- Publisher: Auerbach Publications (November 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849322138
- ISBN-13: 978-0849322136
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Windows Serial Port Programming Handbook
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More About the Author
His special interests include: Computer architecture, database programming, mix-language programming, serial port programming, fuzzy logic controls, robots controls and robots calibrations. His industry experience includes positions as software and senior software engineers at companies such as Motorola MMS, Schlumberger ATE Technology, Immix TeleCom, and Lam Research.
During recent years, Dr. Bai has published more than 30 academic research papers in IEEE Trans. journals and International conferences. He has also published 11 books with publishers such as Prentice Hall, CRC Press LLC, Springer, Cambridge University Press and Wiley-IEEE Press since 2003. Most books are about the software programming, serial port programming, fuzzy logic controls in industrial applications and database programming. His 1st and 8th books were also translated to Russian and Chinese by Prentice Hall in 2005 and by Tsinghua University Press in 2011, respectively.
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to the student who desires a complete understanding of serial ports, and to the engineer who needs to come rapidly up to speed on how to make use of serial ports in his applications.
The section regarding the hardware aspects of serial ports provides a good basis of understanding the terminology, and is particularly helpful in understanding all the different protocols that are out there. Also helpful was the explanation of the Windows API functions necessary for serial communication. The author also anticipates problems that may arise along the way and suggests ways to avoid them.
However they don't really give you many examples of how to write real world code to interface with serial devices. So if you think this book will help you write the code to communicate with some kind of serial device think again. The book will only give you the foundation for reading and writing serial ports in different programming languages and operating systems. The section on Windows C++ (protected mode) is very limited and most of the information can be found on MSDN.
The most complicated part of serial programming is the two way communication. They only show examples of single threaded code and a Sputnik's sized blip on OVERLAPPED I\O. Overlapped IO is very important if you need real time two way serial communication where you are reading and writing at the same time your program is performing other tasks. Because you dont always want to block your thread on reads and writes.
This book is one of the only book out there that targets serial communication. Overall the book is good and covers a history of serial devices, how to establish communication, and reading\writing bytes on the port. The examples in the book are clear however they lack what I would consider real world application.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. What a ton of information. Get a silicon labs type board, like a 8bit C8051F300DK is what I did, to start programming a 8250 UART with this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JLS
I'm a hardware person who have been dealing with RF devices for almost 10 years. Recently I was commissioned to make a MFC based Visual C++ code to open and communicate the serial... Read morePublished on April 11, 2008 by Y. Jeong