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TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems

TCP/IP LeanTCP/IP Lean 2nd edition

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General description

Internet programming demystified! This is a hands-on guide to TCP/IP networking that includes source code to a simple TCP/IP stack - a lean version that is easier to present and efficient enough to use in embedded applications. Create a small, stand-alone TCP/IP stack with an embedded Web server. Aided by the author's abundant source code examples and fully-functional utilities, you will learn about, and experiment with, the simpler aspects of internetworking, before tackling the TCP protocol itself. The author offers an intensely practical approach, while still providing an in-depth understanding of the TCP/IP protocol family. At each stage of the book, you will consolidate your understanding through experimentation with suitable software utilities. Along the road to mastering the creation of complex network software, you will:
· learn about key networking and multimedia technologies
· experiment with the code for fully-debugged protocol software
· explore and extend the professionally-written software
· employ ready-to-use utilities for simulating and testing networks
· build the protocols from the ground up
· speed your future network development with a powerful set of tools and utilities
· meet the challenge of providing advanced Web features on low-cost embedded systems
· Implement dynamic Web programming techniques for Web appliances.
Embedded Web servers are the order of the day - industrial equipment and domestic appliances are being designed with browsers to provide a user interface and remote diagnostic capability. This book meets the challenge of implementing dynamic Web pages on small-scale embedded systems, providing full 'C' source code for the PC hardware platform, and a PICmicro® microcontroller. Software provided on the accompanying CD-ROM is compatible with several popular 'C' compilers to simplify desktop development.

Jeremy Bentham is co-founder of an industrial networking company (Io Ltd.) and its software consulting offshoot Iosoft Ltd., in Cambridge, England. An engineer by training, he has developed many computer systems in railway control and other industrial applications and a wide range of software tools for embedded systems. Networking projects included Bitup, a Bitbus emulation for the 80188 processor; data transfer protocols using Arcnet and Ethernet; and a full 801888-based remote-boot communications system using the simpler TCP/IP protocols (UDP and TFTP). Recent work has been in implementing embedded TCP/IP systems in aerospace, Air Quality and video surveillance applications. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys playing racquet sports, and is an accomplished amateur actor.


This is an invaluable text for anyone wishing to implement TCP/IP in an embedded system and would also be ideal as an undergraduate text for the practical aspects of Computer Networks & Communications. The first chapter gives a brief overview of networking hardware and software, SLIP over RS232 and Ethernet protocols, device drivers and timing as well as state machines and buffering considerations. The second chapter discusses the OSI model & demonstrates the fundamentals of a networking protocol with sample program fragments written in the 'C' programming language. Chapters 3 through 7 give detailed coverage of the core networking protocols including ARP, IP and ICMP, UDP, TCP, Telnet and finally HTTP. These protocols are exercised, tested and explained with 'C' sample code and explanations of test results. The sample code effectively forms a library of low level networking source code written in 'C'. Chapters 8 through 11 demonstrate various working applications based on a PICmicro - a real embedded system. The really nice thing about this book is the source code and utilities provided on the CD for virtually all 'C' compilers including Microsoft VisualC++ 6.0, Borland and the FREE GNU C (+IDE). I have given this text a five star rating and would recommend it to embedded systems programmers needing to implement TCP/IP as well as undergraduate students studying networking.

Publication Details

TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems
Jeremy Bentham
CMP Books, 400 pages, book & CD-ROM
ISBN 1-929629-11-7

TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems (Second Edition)
Jeremy Bentham
CMP Books, 560 pages, book & CD-ROM
ISBN 1-57820-108-X


TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems (second edition) can be ordered from any bookseller by quoting the ISBN, on-line at the publisher CMP Books, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, or from other on-line retailers. It is not available direct from Iosoft Ltd.

The second edition will be available from April 2002

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