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For the lates windows release and source code, please visit
Serial Tool on GitHub.
While developing embeded electronic devices, I always have problems with the same thing: how to establish a communication and send/receive some data with a custom predefined protocol. I use UART in almost all my projects, but to remember the correct data array to control a device with computer is quite a challenge. It is easy to make up a protocol, but to remember it – no way. It is like a magnet for errors and hours of debugging a bug, which does not exist.
Yeah I know. Write a Python script! Been there, done that. It is OK, if you don’t use serial communication too frequently and if you don’t need to remember 10^4 bytes to toggle a led. So, what I did was to write a python script and add a “simple” GUI (Qt), a few features and a few bugs. Like a serial terminal (aka Putty) with few extra options.
Serial Tool is a utility tool, so you can set up bytes to send accordingly to your protocol and save configuration to a file – which can be used another time.
You can send multiple bytes, integers, strings, you can send sequence of different of channelds and even put delay between them and/or make them repeat several times. You can even write a note to yourself like: “CH1: toggle LED 1”.
Isn’t that awesome?
|Source code and windows executable is available on Damogran Labs GitHub account.
Let me know for the bugs and other thoughts. Buy me an ice cream. Thank you.