Paperback: 552 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (February 10, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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I'm a mechanical engineer, sorta bored at my job so I look for a book on embedded systems to build some neat stuff in my spare time. I get this book in 2013 because I like the table of contents and that it was written in 2012. It turns out to NOT be the stock, boring type on programming 8-bit/16-bit microcontrollers but a great survey of building entire systems from the ground up. So here's my 2 cents on why the book is great and where it can improve:Pros:- Good coverage of every layer of embedded systems: hardware (32-bit CPU's/GPUs, networking ASIC's, peripherals) to software (OS fundamentals, kernels, application frameworks) to networking (protocols and key considerations)- Useful example code in Python and C/C++ to illustrate concepts- Great introductory coverage of advanced concepts in modern embedded hardware (instruction pipelining, multiprocessing and the like)Cons (consider as suggestions for 2nd edition):- So many typos!- Motivate topics better. For example, in the chapter on networking, there's a lot of "this is a cool concept but we'll talk about it later". If it's that important, talk about it firstOverall, these authors know what they are talking about and are actually quite visionary. I may even start a company based on some ideas picked up here, besides enriching my hobby life!PS: Perhaps some EE / CS major will think this is a pretty shallow book but if you are a beginner serious about learning embedded systems the right way, this is the book for you!
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