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Serial Port Complete: COM Ports, USB Virtual Com Ports, and Ports for Embedded Systems (Complete Guides Series) Paperback – 14 Nov 2007
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" A very practical book." -- "Nuts & Volts" on the first edition
" Despite the book's detailed technical content, its style is clear." -- "EDN" on the first edition
" About as complete a reference as you' ll find on serial communications." -- "Embedded Systems Programming" on the first edition
" If you plan to use a serial port in any sort of application, buy this book." -- "Test & Measurement World" on the first edition
"Despite the book's detailed technical content, its style is clear." --"EDN" on the first edition
"A very practical book." --"Nuts & Volts" on the first edition
"A very practical book." -"Nuts & Volts" on the first edition
"As complete a reference as you'll find on serial communications using RS-232 and RS-485." "--The Embedded Muse"
"About as complete a reference as you'll find on serial communications." --"Embedded Systems Programming" on the first edition
"If you plan to use a serial port in any sort of application, buy this book." --"Test & Measurement World" on the first edition
"It's not just the how, it's the why that's explained. The emphasis of the book is on doing something useful." --TechBookReport.com
"Whether your interest is hardware or software and whether you work with PCs, embedded systems, or both, you'll find useful guidance in this book." --"EDN"
"If you've ever looked for serial port examples online, you've probably become very frustrated. . . . The examples here won't frustrate you." --About.com: Visual Basic
About the Author
Jan Axelson is the author of six books, including "USB Mass Storage "and the Complete Guides series. Jan's articles have appeared in "Circuit Cellar, Embedded Systems Programming," "Nuts & Volts," and other publications. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Jan's book is proving very useful in helping me transfer from using MSCOMM components to using the SerialPort class. She doesn't have any information of using VB6 to drive virtual COM ports, so I have given up on that. I think the only part of the book I will use immediately is Chapter 9: Using .NET's SerialPort Class, but hopefully this alone will make the purchase worthwhile. I could do with a few more example code snippets, but the ones she gives (in VB and VC#) are very helpful to me. I am not well versed in OOP so don't fully understand some of her information about Friends, Delegates, etc
The early parts of the book cover general aspects of serial communication, and she gives a lot of detailed information here about the various specifications. She covers general aspects of networks, and she goes into detail about using PIC microcontrollers for serial communications.
The final chapters focus on USB itself. Skimming through these indicates a lot of potentially useful information should I decide to do away with my RS232 link between the interface and the PC and replace with all USB. The advice from the early part of the book, however, is that RS232 will probably work better for me over the kind of distances I need at the low speeds I use.
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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