Programming the Parallel Port: Interfacing the PC for Data Acquisition & Process Control
||Author: Dhananjay V. Gadre, Dhananjay V. Garde|
List Price: $44.95
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Publisher: CMP Books (01 February, 1998)
Sales Rank: 76,044
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
I found this book very useful. I am a master degree student and I recommend this book. The author explains all the important things to work with the parallel port.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Simple, direct, effective book
This is a book written by a person that clearly understands his job. It is also fairly complete in its scope (the use of paralell port in data acquisition and control) and simple to follow. Almost immediately you get suggestions to fullfill your needs. It is an ideal book in two situations, I think: if you are begining a project and have not a lot of experience or if you are just studying. Nobody will loose having this book.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Excellent approach to data acqusition
Dr. Gadre gives a very useful approach to using the parallel port as a general-purpose data acquisition bus. Another review of this book mentioned that it was light on ECP & EPP coverage. While yes, the chapter devoted to this is short, the material presented in that chapter is used later in the book in specific examples. Also, coverage is not limited to the DOS/BIOS environment, there is a chapter on using the parallel port under Linux. While some of the material is a little bit dated ("newer" Linux kernels according to the text are those from 1.2 on) this must be moderated by the understanding that the book was published in 1998 and undoubtedly written to a large extent in the years prior. In fact, a great deal of data acquisition even today still takes place within DOS, so any DOS-related information is still very useful, and the electronic circuits presented are virtually timeless. I didn't notice in particular any parts listed which weren't available, and most would probably be best emulated in a PLD today anyway.
My main problem with the book is the number of typos I've found so far, which is why I've withheld a star.
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