Re: VC++ or Java to support serial port driver?
From: Jeff Schwab (jeffplus_at_comcast.net)
Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 11:23:16 -0400
> Could sb kindly answer my following questions:
> I am trying to find a language to build a GUI to communicate with our
> device via serial port.
Um... No. A GUI is a Graphical User Interface. It interfaces with
Users. Graphically. Serial ports do not directly display graphics (at
least not any I've seen), and very few users stick their fingers in and
interface with the ports directly.
Here's what I think you want: An application communicating with users
through a graphical interface, and with some device via a serial port.
These are two, separate interfaces, and I recommend that you avoid
coupling them more than necessary. One popular approach is to use two,
complementary languages for this sort of application, and let them
communicate through widely platform-specific (but widely supported)
channels, e.g. bidirectional pipes. C is a popular choice for the
> 1. which language (VC++ or Java) is the best?
VC++ isn't a language, it's Microsoft's implementation of a compiler and
IDE for the C++ programming language. You don't have to use VC++ to use
C++. In your position, my first choice probably would be to use a less
OS-specific C++ compiler, my second choice would be Java, and my third
choice would be a recent (not 6.0) version of VC++.
> 2. if VC++, which complier (VC.net or BCB 6) is the best? I hope they
> have a good serial port driver built in or I can find easily.
Not a clue. Try a microsoft-specific news group.
> 3. any good training courses or books for recommended solution?
To which problem?