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Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201616361
ISBN-10: 020161636X
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Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE is a comprehensive, practical guide on the use of the Microsoft Windows CE<©> Platform Builder. Drawing on the authors' extensive industry experience, this book provides proven methods and real-world advice for the complete system integration of Windows CE on various platforms. It also examines how to adapt Windows CE to support a platform's unique features.

This book describes the Windows CE architecture in depth, explaining the rationale behind its design. It shows how to use the Platform Builder to quickly create a custom build of the Windows CE kernel and explores the complex and powerful Windows CE build process. Extensive information is provided on designing, implementing, and debugging Windows CE device drivers. A utility called the Driver Mapper is presented as an example device driver that doubles as a valuable tool for debugging device drivers on standard CE devices (e.g., H/PC<©>, H/PC Pro<©>, and Palm-sized PC<©> devices.

Other valuable features include the following:

  • A project leader and manager's guide to the steps involved in completing a CE custom platform project
  • Creating and debugging a CE boot loader
  • Modifying the Platform Builder's OEM Adaptation Layer (OAL) sample source to work with a newly developed platform.
  • An introduction to writing CE display drivers.
  • Automated testing with the Windows CE Device Driver Test Toolkit (DDTK)
  • A simplified, automated build process for creating ROM images

If you want to get Windows CE running on your platform, you will find this hands-on guide an indispensable resource for accelerating your progress and saving you much frustration!



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About the Author

James Y. Wilson is Director of Software Engineering at Cruise Technologies, Inc., and has over ten years experience in developing Windows NT, 9X drivers and embedded system software from conception to delivery. Aspi Havewala has extensive experience in developing and debugging device drivers for Windows NT and 9x in real-time applications. He is Section Manager/Lead Engineer developing Windows CE systems for Motorola's Land Mobile Products Sector. The authors developed the first CE-based wireless Windows terminal.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 595 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (April 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020161636X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201616361
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carl T. Dreher on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was written in 2001 (as were most of the positive reviews for it here on Amazon.) It only covers up to Platform Builder and WinCE 3.0, which are now up to version 5. As a result, the how-to parts, as well as the references, are mostly useless. In fact, I'm not sure any of the sections are relevant or can be trusted since WinCE has changed so much.

Considering the price of the book, I feel cheated. The authors need to write a new version and THIS version should be pulled from circulation.
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You need this book if you are using Platform Builder 3.0 to build/create Windows CE 3.0 image on customs platform; this book is very up to date with regards to Platform Builder; I used "Windows CE From the Ground Up book before"; that book is good but it is outdated and refer to older version of Platform Builder. This book covers the material better than a course I took on Platform Builder; 2 things help in my project: 1. This book and Windows CE From The Ground Up book. 2. Intel StrongArm Dev. Kit for Windows CE; you can get a CDROM(free) from Intel with CE 3.0 drivers(in source forms).
By reading this book and poking into Intel stuffs you can go a long way in understanding Windows CE.
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Book is out of date and is exteremly overpriced. Anyone who attends a DevConference receives more information that is upto date than what was covered in the entire book. Waste of time and money.
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Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE is a very technical book, which is the whole point. Yet the authors take the time not only to define significant terms, but also to explain the reasoning and philosophy behind an element. The book is written expecting a base level of computer science knowledge, but beyond that it builds the reader up on CE-specific science, from memory management, power management, registry, major libraries, through development tools, CE project management, and even "is CE the right choice for you".
If you're already a bright software/hardware developer, but lack CE expertise, this is your book.
As is common practice, material is broken into illustrations, tables, sidebars, notes, and so on. This book in particular uses that technique not simply out of necessity, but to make the subject more readable and usable. This careful organization of information is really appreciated. For example, when a CE feature is not applicable or differs in function between Windows CE 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, a version information note is broken out to call attention to the differences. (Gratefully, the authors are careful to balance the number of side comments; other books tend to overuse those elements to the detriment of the primary text.)
Figures are drawn to demonstrate power management states, directory structures, boot process, and so on; this isn't a book just of screen shots. And again with source code, short examples are sprinkled throughout the book, not used as filler.
One of the things I look for when flipping through a technical book from a store shelf is a sense for the amount of meat. That way, even if not every chapter is immediately applicable to my particular needs, there's still a lot of material that is valuable.
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We are using CE 3.0 to develop new instrument; this book helps in undertanding Platform Builder 3.0 and also the components that make Windows CE 3.0; the "Windows CE From The Ground Up" book is also helpful but it is outdated and I got that book as I was waiting for this book to come out.
A course($2000 course) I took in Platform Builder 3.0 is useless; in my situation, 3 things that help me understand Windows CE are: 1. Windows CE From the Ground Up book; it is outdated and refers to Windows 2.11/2.12; it stills has some relevant material. 2. Building Powerful Platforms book; very relevant content and answer some lingering questions. 3. StrongArm Dev. Kit CDROM from Intel(free from Intel); contains driver source codes to build Windows CE on Intel Dev. Kit(StrongArm reference design).
The Platform Builder 3.0 documentation and some experimentation provide the necessary details but this book provides invaluable guides.
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Unlike all other WinCE books currently on the market this book covers the topic of creating a custom platform.
It is filled with interesting diagrams, tables an overviews and gives an in dept explanation on how to write a device driver.
The book also contains a detailed description of the WinCE build process behind the IDE tools, which is very useful when you start experimenting with different OS configurations.
It's a must when you are planning to work with Platformbuilder
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Sure this book is a tad outdated, but there aren't many books that address this topic. I have not read Boling's book, but browsed a copy and I think it does not address the low level programming to the extent that this book does. You won't find a better book on the development of the actual platform than this one. This covers drivers, OAL, bootloaders, hardware accessing, and also generally how a CE project could be planned by management right down to developers. I would not want to work on a CE platform without this book. Anything outdated about this book, can be supplemented by reading MSDN documentation. But this book gives you a starting point and a great high level explanation of the system as a whole, which is something that is hard to get out of reading tons of MSDN documentation if don't already have a lot of experience in a topic.
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