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OS X and iOS Kernel Programming combines essential operating system and kernel architecture knowledge with a highly practical approach that will help you write effective kernel-level code. You'll learn fundamental concepts such as memory management and thread synchronization, as well as the I/O Kit framework. You'll also learn how to write your own kernel-level extensions, such as device drivers for USB and Thunderbolt devices, including networking, storage and audio drivers.

OS X and iOS Kernel Programming provides an incisive and complete introduction to the XNU kernel, which runs iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Mac OS X servers and clients. Then, you'll expand your horizons to examine Mac OS X and iOS system architecture. Understanding Apple's operating systems will allow you to write efficient device drivers, such as those covered in the book, using I/O Kit.

With OS X and iOS Kernel Programming, you'll:

  • Discover classical kernel architecture topics such as memory management and thread synchronization

  • Become well-versed in the intricacies of the kernel development process by applying kernel debugging and profiling tools

  • Learn how to deploy your kernel-level projects and how to successfully package them

  • Write code that interacts with hardware devices

  • Examine easy to understand example code that can also be used in your own projects

  • Create network filters

Whether you're a hobbyist, student, or professional engineer, turn to OS X andiOS Kernel Programming and find the knowledge you need to start developing

What you'll learn

  • OS X and iOS common core architecture

  • How to write extremely efficient code by exploiting kernel details

  • Coding kernel-level extensions

  • How to write device drivers

  • How to program the I/O Kit framework

  • Key mobile device topics like power management drivers and video capture modules

  • To understand OS X memory management and threads

  • To parse kernel debug messages and package projects ready for deployment

Who this book is for

This book is suited for:

  • Intermediate and advanced iPhone and OS X programmers ready for the next step

  • Kernel-level programmers interested in how OS X and iOS function

  • Open source programmers with a background in Linux or BSD, OS X and iOS

  • Programmers interested in application performance

  • System administrators running OS X clusters

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