Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Bingo! The PC-side Visual Basic 6 problem solved!

As I reported earlier, I got the PIC18F4550 prototype board working and was able to talk to it from my PC using the compiled Visual Basic 6 app that Vladimir Soso of Oshonsoft thoughtfully supplied along with his USB extensions to his PIC 18F family BASIC compiler.

Things clouded up and rained, so to speak, when I tried to translate his Visual Basic 6 code into Visual Basic .NET. I kept hammering at it and talking to friends who had also done a lot more transition of code from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET 2003 than I had. I'd, after all, only transferred about 150K lines of my own coding. I shudder to think how many lines poor Tyson transferred about 4 years back. After chatting with Tyson and about 10-12 hours of playing chimpanzees on keyboards in my spare moments while I was doing production runs, I finally came to the conclusion that I was wasting my time trying to run Vladimir's HIDTerm.dll in any of the .NET IDE's.

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