Best Reference Books – Embedded C and Linux

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Embedded C and Linux subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Embedded C and Linux along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Embedded C and Linux subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Embedded C and Linux" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Linux: Linux Command Line, Cover all essential Linux commands. A complete introduction to Linux Operating System, Linux Kernel, For Beginners, Learn Linux in easy steps, Fast!: A Beginners Guide!” by Ray Yao and Ruby C Perl

“Linux: Linux Command Line, Cover all essential Linux commands. A complete introduction to Linux Operating System, Linux Kernel, For Beginners, Learn Linux in easy steps, Fast!: A Beginners Guide!” Book Review: This book is designed for B.Tech/ M.Tech students and also PhD students who are in hardware programming or using Linux. Also professionals can use this book for reference on commands. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students with Linux. Main commands like opening the folders, cut, copy to advanced commands of installing are given in this book. This book also explains dual booting in Linux and also explains a detailed view to download and install other kernels. This book also easily explains a few networking commands to communicate between clients and servers in a LAN. It also contains references of linux creators for further usage.

2. “More to C – Advanced Programming with C in Linux and on Raspberry Pi” by Andrew Johnson

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“More to C – Advanced Programming with C in Linux and on Raspberry Pi” Book Review: This book is designed for B.Tech/ M.Tech students and also PhD students who are in hardware programming or using Linux to develop architecture. Also professionals can use this book for reference on commands. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students with the embedded systems, micro controllers. This book explains basic low level programming in Linux and Raspberry pi. It also explains code IPC, device drivers in kernels. Networking commands and the program for TCP/UDP communication is also given in C. The main topics covered in this guide are structures and unions, binary file i/o. Dynamic memory allocation, linked lists, access to bits and bytes are also explained. Important aspects like logic operations, modules and makefiles, elementary aspects of system programming are explained at the end.

3. “Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems: ACM SIGPLAN Workshop LCTES ’98, Montreal, Canada, June 19-20, 1998, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)” by Frank Mueller and Azer Bestavros

“Languages, Compilers and Tools for Embedded Systems: ACM SIGPLAN Workshop LCTES ’98, Montreal, Canada, June 19-20, 1998, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)” Book Review: This book is useful for M.Tech or researchers or PhD students who want to further study on the reliable software technologies. Faculty can also use this book for research. This book is based on a journal on the software technologies which are reliable. The embedded systems in this book are constrained to the softwares in Canada. Lexical analysis, syntax analysis along with LR(1), LALR, SLR, LL(1) methods are explained in order to design the compiler. Context free grammar, DFA and other automata are explained. This book also covered concepts of church-turing thesis, rice’s theorem and cook’s theorem and computational complexity. The book consists of different solved examples, MCQs and a quick overview at the end of each chapter which will help students to test their understanding and improve.

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4. “Reliable Software Technologies — Ada-Europe 2006: 11th Ada-Europe International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies” by Luís Miguel Pinho and Michael González Harbour

“Reliable Software Technologies — Ada-Europe 2006: 11th Ada-Europe International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies” Book Review: This book is useful for M.Tech or researchers or PhD students who want to further study on the reliable software technologies. Faculty can also use this book for research. This book is based on a journal on the software technologies which are reliable. It explains the design, implementation procedures of current technologies. All the SDLC phases are also explained in this book. Cost-Benefit analysis is also explained in this book. Case studies are given to discuss how to keep up the maintenance on various large projects. All the software technologies discussed in this book are constrained to the environment of windows and linux. This book also discusses requirement analysis documents and Design documents. Verification, applications, reliability, compilers and distributed systems are discussed at the end.

5. “Getting Started with Intel Galileo” by Matt Richardson

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“Getting Started with Intel Galileo” Book Review: This book is designed for B.Tech/ M.Tech students and also PhD students who are in hardware programming or using Linux to develop architecture. Also professionals can use this book for reference on architecture development. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students. This book explains the hardware coding for development of gates, flip flops and PLDs. Students can make hardware logical units with the knowledge covered in the book using assembly languages such as verilog and XSM. It also explains the chip formation. It will also explain how to build electronics projects around the Galileo. All the case studies explained revolve around the X86 language. Architecture of various processors is also explained.

6. “Innovations in Computing Sciences and Software Engineering” by Tarek Sobh and Khaled Elleithy

“Innovations in Computing Sciences and Software Engineering” Book Review: This book is designed for MCA/ B.Tech/ M.Tech students under computer science. Researchers and PhDs can also make use of this book. Also professionals can use this book for reference on how to develop systems . Teachers and guides can use this book to help students. This book starts with explaining image and pattern recognition. Language and their systems such as algorithms and databases are explained later. Parallel processing which includes multithreading concepts are explained later. Signal and image processing along with video based monitoring are also explained in this book. Distributed processing and new trends in the computing mechanism are explained at the end of this book. Examples in innovations are described in between the chapters.

7. “Building Embedded Linux Systems” by Karim Yaghmour

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“Building Embedded Linux Systems” Book Review: This book is designed for B.Tech/ M.Tech students and also PhD students who are in hardware programming or using Linux. Also professionals can use this book for reference on commands. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students with Linux. This book explains the basics of building embedded Linux systems, along with the configuration, setup. The book also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using Linux in an embedded system. It discusses licensing issues and an introduction to real-time. A discussion of real-time options for Linux is also made in the book. Efficient embedded development framework and GNU are explained later. Setting up, manipulating and using solid-state storage devices are later explained. Debugging your embedded system using a plethora of tools and techniques are discussed in the book. In the end, it explains the usage of uClibc, BusyBox, U-Boot and gdb packages.

8. “Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++” by Michael Barr

“Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++” Book Review: This book is designed for MCA/ B.Tech/ M.Tech students under computer science. Researchers and PhDs can also make use of this book. Also professionals can use this book for reference on how to develop systems. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students. It explains embedded systems in C/C++. Testing memory chips are explained in the book. It explains how to write and erase flash memory. Device driver design and implementation are explained later. Optimizing embedded software for size and speed are explained later. Finally, It explains how to verify nonvolatile memory contents with CRCs. This book also explains various other techniques and codes and also their references from the internet.

9. “Surviving the SOC Revolution: A Guide to Platform-Based Design” by imusti
10. “Mastering Embedded Linux Programming” by Chris Simmonds

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“Mastering Embedded Linux Programming” Book Review: This book is designed for MCA/ B.Tech/ M.Tech students and also PhD students who are in hardware programming or using Linux. Also professionals can use this book for reference on commands. Teachers and guides can use this book to help students with Linux. This book explains the role of the Linux kernel and selects an appropriate role for the device application. It explains how functions are split between processes and the usage of POSIX threads. Buildroot and Yocto and their usage are also explained. This book also explains bootloaders using U-Boot. It discusses applications that interact with Linux device drivers. It explains how to design and write multi-threaded applications using POSIX threads. Finally, it explains how to measure real-time latencies and tune the Linux kernel to minimize them.

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