USB Design by Example: A Practical Guide to Building I/O Devices (2nd Edition)
||Author: John Hyde|
List Price: $54.95
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Publisher: Intel Press (February, 2001)
Sales Rank: 24,980
Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
CD examples are broken
Bought this book for one of the examples which seemed to be exactly what we needed - the Two Keyboards example. We had a great deal of trouble getting it to work, and we contacted the author directly. He was initially keen to help, telling us he was aware that the CD was generally messed up and versions of files were wrong. He pointed us at an updated online version. We tried this and had even worse problems getting it to build, let alone install. We contacted the author again, and he admitted the online versions were broken too, but he wasn't prepared to help us any further. The least you would ask is that the examples work fairly well and have installation advice either on the CD or in the book. I concur with another reviewer who said that the CD seems to be a mess and full of useless product information. It is hard to see a target audience for whom this book would be useful.
We made this purchase in spite of the poor reviews here, however we implore you to avoid this book: it is unlikely to fulfill your requirements and John Hyde does not deserve your money. It is clearly intended as a money-spinner rather than a useful reference.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Short review: this book [stinks].
On the surface, this book looks like it is fairly good although it includes a lot of Intel PR about what a good thing USB is. Digging deeper, you will find serious errors, omissions, and examples of poor programming. Files mentioned in the book as being on the CD aren't. Could not find errata at the Intel Press web site. Assembly code just includes all source files in the project. I still haven't figured out how to debug a project like this. Any normal person would set the project up to assemble each file separately. All but one (firmware) project are written in assembly and the one C example doesn't work. The list could go on ...
Before I bought the book, I read these reviews and, generally, they were favorable. Now, I'm simply amazed that anyone would give it any more than 2 stars.
BTW, I think the book and CD are on-line at the Intel Press web site. At a price of $0.00, I'll give it 2 stars.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Not like the unstable networking products of linksys
This book is full of useful information. If you want to know the truth and details of USB and even perform your own implementation, this book will fulfill those desires. I enjoy this book and am half way through. Another two weeks i will be in USB Capability bliss. You will eventually know all you need to do whatever you dream with USB.
Hope this was helpful.
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