With Win32 System Programming, you can capitalize on your knowledge of high-end operating systems such as UNIX, MVS, and VMS to learn Windows system programming quickly. Written from the perspective of an experienced programmer, the book presents the core operating system services of Win32, the common API for the Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems. It explains Win32 functions clearly, with numerous comparisons to corresponding UNIX calls, and highlights features unique to Win32.
Because most experienced programmers are already familiar with processes, virtual memory, and preemptive scheduling, the book spends little time introducing these concepts, but instead shows how they are implemented in Win32. This text is for programmers using systems services, and focuses on the management of core operating systems resources rather than the graphical user interface.
Win32 System Programming offers extensive coverage of file systems, memory management, Structured Exception Handling, and security. In particular, it delves deeply into processes and threads, with detailed explanations of process synchronization, interprocess communication, and memory mapping. You will also find discussions of other advanced topics including file locking, DLLs, asynchronous I/O, fibers, and the registry.
Numerous realistic examples demonstrate many of Win32's most sophisticated features. In addition, the book compares the performance of alternative implementations of some of these examples to illustrate the trade-offs between various Win32 features and the C library. The accompanying CD-ROM contains all of the code examples in the text, a suite of programs for testing system performance, and a collection of UNIX-like utilities.
Johnson M. Hart is a software trainer and consultant specializing in Windows, L inux, and UNIX application development, enhancement, and maintenance. John develops and delivers professional training courses and seminars to clients worldwide, and he is the author of numerous technical articles.
A book that does not try to be a "jack of all trades" but sets out to give an experienced UNIX (system) programmer a good grounding in Win32 with enough detail to write... Read morePublished on 28 April 1998
Two claims in the Preface caught my attention; one clearly stating that the book aimed not at a comprehensive introduction to Win32 but rather aimed to point out its central... Read morePublished on 24 April 1998