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Programming Windows® Embedded CE 6.0 Developer Reference, 4th Edition by Douglas Boling

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Chapter 17. Device Drivers and Services

Device drivers are modules that provide the interface between the operating system and the hardware. Device drivers take on an air of mystery because they’re a mix of operating system–specific code and hardware customization. Most application developers are quite happy to let the real operating system junkies handle writing device drivers. This chapter shows you that while dealing with hardware can be a pain, the basic structure of a Windows CE driver is actually quite simple. An application developer might even have reason to write a driver every now and then.

Real operating system junkies also know about services. On the desktop, a service is a background application that typically runs in the background. ...

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