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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Lakeview Research, U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193144806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931448062
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Green on 31 May 2012
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I bought this book purely to learn about creating USB to COM port driver software. Maybe it is my fault but the other reviews are so positive that I forgot to check how old the book is. The information in the book about USB to COM is inadequate and what is there is out of date. Five years is too old for technical books about USB.
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I find that Jan's books have the hallmark of someone who has done the work. I haven't tried everything in the book as some areas are not of interest to me.
What I have tried I have found the text really does match up to the serial signal world I'm trying to deal with.

The writing style is thorough without being patronising. This is the second book of hers that I've bought and am not disappointed.
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Jan Axelson does it again!, The Serial Port Second Edition covers the new .NET 2.0 and greater serial port Class in the same depth that the First Edition did for MSComm with examples in VB & C# 2.0 that work with the Full Visual Studio 2008 & the Express editions as well as microcontroller examples for PIC and 8085 too. I bought 2 copies of the book, one at work one at home!
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By Jorma Tuomimäki on 26 Oct 2014
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Too simple
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another Home Run for Jan Axelson 10 Feb 2008
By Joe Pardue - Published on Amazon.com
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Jan Axelson is one of the best technical writers I've ever read. Her books are always clear and to the point. The second edition of her venerable Serial Port Complete brings that excellent book into the 21st century with expanded coverage on using USB for a virtual serial port. This allows folks with legacy RS232 systems to use them on PCs that only have a USB port. Many folks find using a virtual serial port device such as the FTDI FT232R to be an easier way to communicate with embedded systems than using direct USB - though Jan goes a long way to making that easier with her USB Complete book. I got started with USB using her USB Complete book and I don't think I could have managed with out it.

Jan has published a bunch of books and the reader would do well to search on her name and see all her offerings, there really is no better way to learn a topic than to get her book on a subject. Definitely 5 stars.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Jan Has It Covered! 6 Nov 2007
By Frederick L. Eady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you work with or need to work with RS-232, USB or RS-485, this book is a must-have reference. The subject matter of this book is heavy on the embedded side of serial communications as Jan covers .NET serial programming and explains how to completely configure a serial port on a microcontroller. Jan then goes on to tell you how to bring up an RS-485 network. Leaving no stone unturned, Jan explains how to design and deploy an embedded RS-232 network.

In addition to the discussion of traditional serial data formats and serial hardware implementations, Jan includes tips on how to use the special-function FTDI USB/Serial IC. She even explains why wires pick up noise and how to choose the right wire for the application.

Jan's new book is a one-stop serial communications reference which includes serial connector pinouts, data format illustrations, example soource code and a multitude of schematic representations. If you need to know how to successfully deploy serial links, you need to have this book on your desk.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good Intro Book 17 Dec 2007
By Dan M. Beadle - Published on Amazon.com
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Serial communiations books are getting harder to find. I was looking for some specific information on Virtual Comm Ports. This book had a useful chapter for me.

These are tough books to write - going too deaply loses the mass audience. And too shallow loses the techies. This book had a balance. I would have liked more references to other material.

Worth the purchase and time to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good Book for Serial Port users 14 July 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was having trouble using the serialport in .NET. I trying searching the internet but still couldn't get it. I purchased this book and instant success. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good book! 22 Jan 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was suprised to see that the code in this book was written in VC# and VB. It's hard to find books written with VB code in it. If you know one language and not the other it's a great opportunity to learn a new language.

The beginning of this book takes a considerable amount of time explaining the basics of communication. This book does not cover the how's and why's of building circuits - so you will have to either already know electronics or take an electronics class.

The chapters in the second half of the book are thorough. The author has included more than enough information to get you up and running.

If you know VC# or VB and have an intermediate knowledge of circuit building then this book is for you. This book is very informative, covers many different types of networks and is easy to understand.
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