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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.


Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE is a comprehensive, practical guide on the use of the Microsoft Windows CE<©> Platform Builder. Drawing on the authors' extensive industry experience, this book provides proven methods and real-world advice for the complete system integration of Windows CE on various platforms. It also examines how to adapt Windows CE to support a platform's unique features.

This book describes the Windows CE architecture in depth, explaining the rationale behind its design. It shows how to use the Platform Builder to quickly create a custom build of the Windows CE kernel and explores the complex and powerful Windows CE build process. Extensive information is provided on designing, implementing, and debugging Windows CE device drivers. A utility called the Driver Mapper is presented as an example device driver that doubles as a valuable tool for debugging device drivers on standard CE devices (e.g., H/PC<©>, H/PC Pro<©>, and Palm-sized PC<©> devices.

Other valuable features include the following:

  • A project leader and manager's guide to the steps involved in completing a CE custom platform project
  • Creating and debugging a CE boot loader
  • Modifying the Platform Builder's OEM Adaptation Layer (OAL) sample source to work with a newly developed platform.
  • An introduction to writing CE display drivers.
  • Automated testing with the Windows CE Device Driver Test Toolkit (DDTK)
  • A simplified, automated build process for creating ROM images

If you want to get Windows CE running on your platform, you will find this hands-on guide an indispensable resource for accelerating your progress and saving you much frustration!



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Too out of date to be of use. 18. März 2005
Von Carl T. Dreher - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
This book was written in 2001 (as were most of the positive reviews for it here on Amazon.) It only covers up to Platform Builder and WinCE 3.0, which are now up to version 5. As a result, the how-to parts, as well as the references, are mostly useless. In fact, I'm not sure any of the sections are relevant or can be trusted since WinCE has changed so much.

Considering the price of the book, I feel cheated. The authors need to write a new version and THIS version should be pulled from circulation.
11 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Need this book to understand Platform Builder 3.0 anc CE 3.0 2. Mai 2001
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
You need this book if you are using Platform Builder 3.0 to build/create Windows CE 3.0 image on customs platform; this book is very up to date with regards to Platform Builder; I used "Windows CE From the Ground Up book before"; that book is good but it is outdated and refer to older version of Platform Builder. This book covers the material better than a course I took on Platform Builder; 2 things help in my project: 1. This book and Windows CE From The Ground Up book. 2. Intel StrongArm Dev. Kit for Windows CE; you can get a CDROM(free) from Intel with CE 3.0 drivers(in source forms).
By reading this book and poking into Intel stuffs you can go a long way in understanding Windows CE.
10 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Overpriced for out of date information 28. Juli 2005
Von J. ROW - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Book is out of date and is exteremly overpriced. Anyone who attends a DevConference receives more information that is upto date than what was covered in the entire book. Waste of time and money.
7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Thoughtfully Packed with Technical Information 15. Februar 2002
Von David - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Building Powerful Platforms with Windows CE is a very technical book, which is the whole point. Yet the authors take the time not only to define significant terms, but also to explain the reasoning and philosophy behind an element. The book is written expecting a base level of computer science knowledge, but beyond that it builds the reader up on CE-specific science, from memory management, power management, registry, major libraries, through development tools, CE project management, and even "is CE the right choice for you".
If you're already a bright software/hardware developer, but lack CE expertise, this is your book.
As is common practice, material is broken into illustrations, tables, sidebars, notes, and so on. This book in particular uses that technique not simply out of necessity, but to make the subject more readable and usable. This careful organization of information is really appreciated. For example, when a CE feature is not applicable or differs in function between Windows CE 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, a version information note is broken out to call attention to the differences. (Gratefully, the authors are careful to balance the number of side comments; other books tend to overuse those elements to the detriment of the primary text.)
Figures are drawn to demonstrate power management states, directory structures, boot process, and so on; this isn't a book just of screen shots. And again with source code, short examples are sprinkled throughout the book, not used as filler.
One of the things I look for when flipping through a technical book from a store shelf is a sense for the amount of meat. That way, even if not every chapter is immediately applicable to my particular needs, there's still a lot of material that is valuable. This book is striking in that regard for the concentration and depth of high-quality, reliable technical information.
You needn't dust off a prominent place on your bookshelf for this book, as it will spend most of the time open on your desk.
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Need this book to understand Platform Builder 3.0 anc CE 3.0 28. April 2001
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
We are using CE 3.0 to develop new instrument; this book helps in undertanding Platform Builder 3.0 and also the components that make Windows CE 3.0; the "Windows CE From The Ground Up" book is also helpful but it is outdated and I got that book as I was waiting for this book to come out.
A course($2000 course) I took in Platform Builder 3.0 is useless; in my situation, 3 things that help me understand Windows CE are: 1. Windows CE From the Ground Up book; it is outdated and refers to Windows 2.11/2.12; it stills has some relevant material. 2. Building Powerful Platforms book; very relevant content and answer some lingering questions. 3. StrongArm Dev. Kit CDROM from Intel(free from Intel); contains driver source codes to build Windows CE on Intel Dev. Kit(StrongArm reference design).
The Platform Builder 3.0 documentation and some experimentation provide the necessary details but this book provides invaluable guides.
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