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Biography: science, technology & medicine
The book gives an under-the-hood view of Symbian's new real-time kernel. The release of the book is timely because it is then that the first devices containing the new kernel are expected to be released onto the market. The book concentrates throughout on the kernel, pointing out key differences from the old kernel where they affect the target audience.
The book's approach is technical, with clear explanations and diagrams. Basic computer science terms are not explained, unless their usage is unusual in Symbian OS. When higher level Symbian OS concepts are mentioned, the book refers the reader to "Symbian OS C++ for Mobile Phones Volume 1" by Richard Harrison.
The key selling point of this book is its unveiling of the internals of the Symbian OS.
Describes the functioning of the new real time kernel, which will become ubiquitous on Symbian OS phones in the next 5-10 years
Chapter on device drivers takes a tutorial approach and leads the reader through the development of an example device driver
The book has broad appeal and is relevant to all who work with Symbian OS at a low level, whatever the Symbian OS they are targeting.
As a Symbian-written publication, the book has the unique selling point of being ?from the source?, written by the engineers who actually designed and built the real time kernel.
About the Author
Jane Sales has an M.A. in Mathematics from Jesus College, Oxford and has worked for N.M.W Computers, on AccuCard in Hong Kong and Malaysia, for Insignia Solutions, and Psion, where she helped to develop the kernel and file system that formed the foundations of the Psion Series 5 and, more recently, phones such as the Nokia 6600, Sony-Ericsson P900, Motorola A1000 and many more.
In 1999, Jane left Psion to pursue her interest in Artificial Life with Cyberlife in Cambridge, but returned to Psion (now Symbian) to set up a small research team in Japan. Subsequently she returned to the UK where she has researched new, more flexible OS architectures under the umbrella of Symbian?s Systems Architecture Group. Since leaving Symbian, Jane is now concentrating on a career in writing and photography.
Jane lives in Vence on the C?te d'Azur with her husband, Roger, and two Black Russian Terriers.
Table of Contents
Symbian Press Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Hardware for Symbian OS
Threads, Processes and Libraries
Interrupts and Exceptions
The File Server
The Window Server
Device Drivers and Extensions
Appendix 1: Glossary.
Appendix 2: The E32ImageHeader.
Appendix 3: The TRomImageHeader
Appendix 4: Bibliography