Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE

Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE

by JamesY.Wilson (Author), Aspi Havewala (Author)

Synopsis

The true potential of Windows CE lies in its ability to provide a robust, low-cost platform for system integration on custom, non-PC hardware: handhelds, wireless devices, TV applications, terminals, smartcards, even household appliances. Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE goes beyond Microsoft's documentation to deliver the real-world detail developers need to minimize risk, improve performance, and get to market fast. The authors begin with a detailed overview of Windows CE, its motivation, goals, architecture, design, and implementation. Next, they review the crucial, often-ignored project management issues associated with custom platform development. They introduce Microsoft's Windows CE Platform builder, demonstrate how to quickly create custom builds, and demystify Microsoft CE's confusing boot loader. The book includes a full chapter on building CE Hardware Abstraction Layers, and exceptional step-by-step guidance on designing, implementing, and debugging CE device drivers. Finally, the authors take you further inside the Windows CE build process, show how to extend Platform Builder; and explain how to use Microsoft's Device Driver Test Toolkit to streamline testing.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 595
Edition: 1
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Published: 29 Mar 2001

ISBN 10: 020161636X
ISBN 13: 9780201616361
Book Overview:

The true potential of Windows CE lies in its ability to provide a robust, low-cost platform for system integration on custom, non-PC hardware: handhelds, wireless devices, TV applications, terminals, smartcards, even household appliances. Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE goes beyond Microsoft's documentation to deliver the real-world detail developers need to minimize risk, improve performance, and get to market fast. The authors begin with a detailed overview of Windows CE, its motivation, goals, architecture, design, and implementation. Next, they review the crucial, often-ignored project management issues associated with custom platform development. They introduce Microsoft's Windows CE Platform builder, demonstrate how to quickly create custom builds, and demystify Microsoft CE's confusing boot loader. The book includes a full chapter on building CE Hardware Abstraction Layers, and exceptional step-by-step guidance on designing, implementing, and debugging CE device drivers. Finally, the authors take you further inside the Windows CE build process, show how to extend Platform Builder; and explain how to use Microsoft's Device Driver Test Toolkit to streamline testing.


Author Bio

James Y. Wilson is Director of Software Engineering at Cruise Technologies, Inc., and has over ten years experience in developing Windows NT, 9X drivers and embedded system software from conception to delivery. Aspi Havewala has extensive experience in developing and debugging device drivers for Windows NT and 9x in real-time applications. He is Section Manager/Lead Engineer developing Windows CE systems for Motorola's Land Mobile Products Sector. The authors developed the first CE-based wireless Windows terminal.