About This Guide

This chapter includes:

What you'll find in this guide

Getting Started with QNX Neutrino is intended to introduce realtime programmers to the QNX Neutrino RTOS and help them develop applications and resource managers for it.

Note: This book was originally written by Rob Krten in 1999 for QNX Neutrino 2. In 2005, QNX Software Systems bought the rights to the book; this edition has been updated by the staff at QNX Software Systems.

The following table may help you find information quickly:

To find out about: Go to:
Peter van der Veen's forward Foreword to the First Edition
Rob Krten's preface Preface to the First Edition
Using processes and threads Processes and Threads
Sending, receiving, and replying to messages Message Passing
Working with times and timers Clocks, Timers, and Getting a Kick Every So Often
Interrupts Interrupts
Writing resource managers Resource Managers
Migrating from QNX 4 to Neutrino QNX 4 to Neutrino
Getting help Calling 911
Full source code for the examples Sample Programs
Terms used in QNX docs Glossary

Typographical conventions

Throughout this manual, we use certain typographical conventions to distinguish technical terms. In general, the conventions we use conform to those found in IEEE POSIX publications. The following table summarizes our conventions:

Reference Example
Code examples if( stream == NULL )
Command options -lR
Commands make
Environment variables PATH
File and pathnames /dev/null
Function names exit()
Keyboard chords Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Keyboard input something you type
Keyboard keys Enter
Program output login:
Programming constants NULL
Programming data types unsigned short
Programming literals 0xFF, "message string"
Variable names stdin
User-interface components Cancel

We use an arrow (→) in directions for accessing menu items, like this:

You'll find the Other... menu item under Perspective-->Show View.

We use notes, cautions, and warnings to highlight important messages:

Note: Notes point out something important or useful.

Caution: Cautions tell you about commands or procedures that may have unwanted or undesirable side effects.

WARNING: Warnings tell you about commands or procedures that could be dangerous to your files, your hardware, or even yourself.

Note to Windows users

In our documentation, we use a forward slash (/) as a delimiter in all pathnames, including those pointing to Windows files.

We also generally follow POSIX/UNIX filesystem conventions.

Navigation buttons

At the top and bottom of our HTML docs, you'll see some or all of these buttons:

Use this button: To move:
Previous To the previous part of the document.
Contents “Up” in the document:
  • In a prose book, this typically takes you to About This Guide.
  • In a reference book, it takes you to the listing of items that start with a given letter. For example, if you're looking at the docs for abs(), this button takes you to the listing of the functions that start with A.
Keyword index To the keyword index.
Next To the next part of the document.

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