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Serial Port Complete: COM Ports, USB Virtual COM Ports, and Ports for Embedded Systems (Complete Guides series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Serial Port Complete: COM Ports, USB Virtual COM Ports, and Ports for Embedded Systems (Complete Guides series) by Jan Axelson...

PC COM ports, USB virtual COM ports, and ports in embedded systems are all addressed in this updated guide to programming, interfacing, and using serial ports. Topics include using .NET's SerialPort class for COM-port communications on PCs; upgrading existing RS-232 designs to USB or wireless networks; and creating serial networks of embedded systems and PCs. Example circuits and code provide a quick start to projects. Installation and maintenance staff will also find tips for ensuring reliable operation and problem tracking.

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Pages   380
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Lakeview Research
ISBN  193144806X  
ISBN13  9781931448062  

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More About Jan Axelson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan Axelson is the author of six books, including "Embedded Ethernet and Internet Complete," "Serial Port Complete," and "Parallel Port Complete," Her articles have appeared in "Embedded Systems Programming," "EDN," "Circuit Cellar," "Nuts & Volts," and "Popular Electronics." She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jan Axelson currently resides in Madison.

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > General
2Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Hardware > General
3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Hardware > Microprocessors & System Design > Computer Design
4Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Hardware > Microprocessors & System Design > Embedded Systems
5Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Hardware > PCs
6Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Networking > Networks, Protocols & API's > COM & DCOM
7Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > APIs & Operating Environments > COM, DCOM & ATL
8Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Serial Port Complete: COM Ports, USB Virtual COM Ports, and Ports for Embedded Systems (Complete Guides series)?

Good Book for Serial Port users  Jul 14, 2008
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.
Another Home Run for Jan Axelson  Feb 10, 2008
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.
Basic book but good one  Jan 1, 2008
It was the perfect book for me about the serial protocols, as usb, serial, rf, etc.

I recomend this book
Good Intro Book  Dec 17, 2007
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.
Jan Has It Covered!  Nov 6, 2007
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.

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