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[REBOL] Re: Question

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 14-May-2003 10:06

Philippe Arsenne wrote:
>I'm trying to learn Rebol especially to make a little application for >process control.Ineed to read and write ports (parralel port) >Have you got URL or examples for that > >I'm Philippe Arsenne a french physician dummy in rebol > >thanks a lot >
Hello Philippe, we tried to do some stuff using parallel port. The thing is - Rebol does not support it directly (it does support only standard Serial ports). We got as far as basic nibble and PS2 mode communication and after several weeks we gave up in favor of embedded ethernet + tcp/ip stack (there is plenty of simple enough solutions around) Don't get me wrong - parallel port is the most screwed interface I saw to date - nibble, byte, PS2, EPP (two separate standards IIRC), ECP - each single OS supports it in a different way - if you want to handle ECP or EPP, you have to go for .vxd drivers etc. kind of stuff. So - you either find some fine libraries which do the job for you (and there are some, but sometimes they are too pricey, we used some free io.dll we found on internet) or I suggest you to give up on parallel port and try other interface, and not waste your time with already dead standard ... Cheers, -pekr-