If you expect to have the knowlege you need to program an IrDA stack for your device after reading this book, you are sadly out of luck. Having had many years of difficult experiences with IrDA I was eagerly anticipating this book, but was seriously disappointed. IrDA is a great, inexpensive, relatively secure protocol that should be in many more devices than it is - but sadly this book will do little to change that.
This, the first book on this subject, is more of a lightweight overview than the down and dirty technical treatise that is needed to assist developers who are trying to implement an IrDA stack. IrDA implementation has always been problematic because of the poorly written specifications and idiosyncratic implementations, and while a good book has been needed for a long time, this isn't the book. It just doesn't cover the subject in sufficient detail.
Some background - one should be amazed that for a technology that has been around for almost ten...
This book is an excellent introduction to what IrDA is, and how it works. Instead of wading through the specification documents, learn about the powerful capability of IrDA and how it is structured.
This book is an excellent refresh for anyone who has been around IrDA and would like to stay current or brush up on the topic. I have been around IrDA specifications and use models from the beginning, and found this book to be a great resource for explaining the topic to others. Plus, I learned a few things that perhaps I thought I already knew.
Straightforward and easy to read, this book is very accessible to a wide variety of readers.
Any engineer or manager with an IrDA port in their product should have a copy of this book on their bookshelf.
Now I am waiting to add Volume 2 to my Library.
It seems that every year a new short range wireless technology is invented that will mark an end to the "lowly" IrDA transceiver that allows people to "beam" business cards, games, and calendar events between PDAs. Today's gadgets come equipped with Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth for "high speed" data transfer, and yet IrDA is still standard on all laptops and PDAs, because it continues to do what it does better than any other wireless technology on the market.
In "IrDA Principles and Protocols" Charles Knutson explores the history and goals of IrDA, followed by a clear and concise overview of the IrDA protocol layers. Knutson explains why IrDA is so good at what it does without getting bogged down in the gory details. This book is a must-read for anyone who thinks that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will "kill" IrDA.
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