Preliminary • 11/2000
Other PicoDOS8 Related Documentation
Getting Started Guides
This is the key must-read document if you’re to have successful experiments with the Persistor. There’s a separate Getting Started Guide for each of the various Persistors and its one of the only two printed documents that come with your Persistor. If you don’t have this on hand, the latest version is always available from our www.persistor.com web site and you’ll find PDF and html copies on the installation diskette. If you haven’t yet read and worked through the installation procedures, do that first before attempting any of the programming described in this guide.
Persistor Data Sheets
This is the other printed document that comes with your Persistor and describes the electrical, mechanical, and environmental specifications you may need to design your experiment.
PicoDOS8 User’s Manual
PicoDOS8 is our DOS-like operating system for the CF8/TT8 combination that provides both a command line user interface for common card and file operations as well as the underlying DOS FAT file system. It’s this that lets your C and BASIC programs easily create and manipulate files that can later be read directly by your PC using inexpensive flash memory card readers. Here you will find descriptions of how to use the DOS-like commands and details of how PicoDOS8’s presence impacts the amount of TT8 onboard flash and ram memory usage available to your applications.
PicoDOS8 C Programming Guide
The PicoDOS8 C Programming Guide shows you how to adapt your C programs to take advantage of standard ANSI C file system capabilities that become possible with the addition of a Persistor and memory cards. This guide assumes that you are familiar with C programming and the ANSI C file functions, while describing the subtle differences between coding for desktop applications with unlimited processing power, memory space, and disk speed and coding for embedded applications where processing power is limited, battery power is precious, and file I/O takes considerably longer.