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GNU/Linux Rapid Embedded Programming

Learn how to program a GNU/Linux Embedded system through step-by-step examples of different types of commonly used peripherals in an industrial system.

The book was written by our Co-Chief and Senior Software Engineer Rodolfo Giometti2017 – 713 pages

Main Features

  • Quickly design and build powerful prototypes based on GNU/Linux Embedded system.
  • Learn how to work on embedded GNU/Linux systems and how to manage their peripherals.
  • Access various types of computer peripherals to monitor and control the surrounding environment.
  • The book is developed through 19 chapters divided into two parts: the first for the basic configuration and use of a GNU/Linux Embedded system, and the second illustrating the various peripherals used in the industry.


Embedded computers have become very complex in the last few years and developers need to easily manage them by focusing on how to solve a problem without wasting time in finding supported peripherals or learning how to manage them. The main challenge with experienced embedded programmers and engineers is really how long it takes to turn an idea into reality, and we show you exactly how to do it. This book shows how to interact with external environments through specific peripherals used in the industry. We will use the latest Linux kernel release 4.4.x and Debian/Ubuntu distributions (with embedded distributions like OpenWrt and Yocto).

The book will present popular boards in the industry that are user-friendly to base the rest of the projects on – BeagleBone Black, SAMA5D3 Xplained, Wandboard and system-on-chip manufacturers.

Readers will be able to take their first steps in programming the embedded platforms, using C, Bash, and Python/PHP languages in order to get access to the external peripherals. More about using and programming device driver and accessing the peripherals will be covered to lay a strong foundation. The readers will learn how to read/write data from/to the external environment by using both C programs or a scripting language (Bash/PHP/Python) and how to configure a device driver for a specific hardware.

After finishing this book, the readers will be able to gain a good knowledge level and understanding of writing, configuring, and managing drivers, controlling and monitoring applications with the help of efficient/quick programming and will be able to apply these skills into real-world projects.

What You Will Lear

  • Use embedded systems to implement your projects.
  • Access and manage peripherals for embedded systems.
  • Program embedded systems using languages such as C, Python, Bash, and PHP.
  • Use a complete distribution, such as Debian or Ubuntu, or an embedded one, such as OpenWrt or Yocto.
  • Harness device driver capabilities to optimize device communications.
  • Access data through several kinds of devices such as GPIO’s, serial ports, PWM, ADC, Ethernet, WiFi, audio, video, I2C, SPI, One Wire, USB and CAN.
  • Practical example usage of several devices such as RFID readers, Smart card readers, barcode readers, z-Wave devices, GSM/GPRS modems.
  • Usage of several sensors such as light, pressure, moisture, temperature, infrared, power, motion, etc.

Available on: Packt Publishing, Amazon, O’Reilly Media

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