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Winsoft ComPort for Linux: How to Install, Configure, and Use it in Delphi Projects



Winsoft ComPort for Linux 1.1 Full Source: A Powerful Component for Serial Communication




Serial communication is a common way of interacting with devices that use the RS-232 protocol, such as modems, printers, scanners, sensors, microcontrollers, and more. However, working with serial ports on Linux can be challenging, especially if you are using Delphi as your development tool. Fortunately, there is a solution that can make your life easier and increase your productivity: Winsoft ComPort for Linux.




Winsoft ComPort for Linux 1.1 Full Source



What is Winsoft ComPort for Linux?




Winsoft ComPort for Linux is a Delphi component that allows you to communicate with devices connected to the serial port on Linux. It supports 64-bit Linux and Delphi 10.2 - 11 and Lazarus 2.0.12. It is easy to use and very powerful, as it uses multithreading and overlapping for maximum performance. The source code is included in the registered version, and you can distribute it royalty-free in your applications.


Features and benefits of Winsoft ComPort for Linux




Some of the features and benefits of using Winsoft ComPort for Linux are:


  • It simplifies the serial communication process by providing a high-level interface that abstracts the low-level details.



  • It supports various settings and modes of the serial port, such as baud rate, data bits, stop bits, parity, flow control, timeout, buffer size, etc.



  • It allows you to send and receive data in various formats, such as bytes, strings, integers, floats, hexadecimals, etc.



  • It provides events and methods for handling errors, exceptions, and status changes of the serial port.



  • It works seamlessly with other Winsoft components, such as Communication Protocol Suite, which enables you to implement various protocols over the serial port.



How to download and install Winsoft ComPort for Linux




To download and install Winsoft ComPort for Linux, you need to follow these steps:


  • Go to the official website of Winsoft and click on the "Download" button next to ComPort for Linux.



  • Save the zip file to your computer and extract it to a folder of your choice.



  • Open the folder and copy the "comport.lpk" file to your Delphi project folder.



  • Open your Delphi project and go to "Project" > "Add to Project" and select the "comport.lpk" file.



  • A dialog box will appear asking you if you want to install the package. Click "Yes".



  • The package will be installed and added to your project. You can now use the TComPort component from the "Winsoft" tab of the component palette.



How to use Winsoft ComPort for Linux in Delphi




To use Winsoft ComPort for Linux in Delphi, you need to do some preparations on both your Linux machine and your Delphi application. Then you can write and read data from the serial port using the TComPort component.


Preparing your Linux machine for serial communication




To prepare your Linux machine for serial communication, you need to do the following:


  • Find out the name of your serial device under /dev directory. It can be something like /dev/ttyS0, /dev/ttyUSB0 or /dev/ttyACM0 depending on your hardware.



  • Make sure you have access rights to read and write from the serial device. You can do this by using the chmod command, for example: sudo chmod 666 /dev/ttyS0



  • Install the libserialport library on your Linux machine. This is a dependency for Winsoft ComPort for Linux. You can install it using your package manager, for example: sudo apt-get install libserialport0



Preparing your Delphi application for serial communication




To prepare your Delphi application for serial communication, you need to do the following:


  • Add the TComPort component to your form and set its properties according to your serial device and communication settings. For example, you can set the DeviceName property to /dev/ttyS0, the BaudRate property to 9600, the DataBits property to 8, the StopBits property to 1, and the Parity property to None.



  • Add a TButton component to your form and set its Caption property to "Open". Double-click on the button and write the following code in the OnClick event handler: ComPort.Open;



  • Add another TButton component to your form and set its Caption property to "Close". Double-click on the button and write the following code in the OnClick event handler: ComPort.Close;



  • Add a TMemo component to your form and set its ReadOnly property to True. This will be used to display the data received from the serial port.



  • Add a TEdit component to your form and set its Text property to an empty string. This will be used to enter the data to be sent to the serial port.



  • Add another TButton component to your form and set its Caption property to "Send". Double-click on the button and write the following code in the OnClick event handler: ComPort.WriteStr(Edit.Text + #13#10);



  • Add an event handler for the OnRxChar event of the TComPort component. This event is triggered when data is available in the input buffer of the serial port. Write the following code in the event handler: var s: string; begin ComPort.ReadStr(s, ComPort.InputCount); Memo.Lines.Add(s); end;



Writing and reading data from the serial port




Now that you have prepared your Linux machine and your Delphi application for serial communication, you can start writing and reading data from the serial port using Winsoft ComPort for Linux. Here are some steps you can follow:


  • Run your Delphi application on Linux using PAServer or Remote Debugger.



  • Click on the "Open" button to open the serial port.



  • Type some text in the TEdit component and click on the "Send" button to send it to the serial port.



  • Connect another device or computer to the same serial port using a suitable cable and software. For example, you can use a USB-to-serial adapter and a terminal emulator program such as PuTTY or minicom.



  • On the other device or computer, you should see the text that you sent from your Delphi application.



  • On the other device or computer, type some text and send it back to your Delphi application.



  • On your Delphi application, you should see the text that you received from the other device or computer in the TMemo component.



  • Click on the "Close" button to close the serial port when you are done.



Conclusion




In this article, we have learned how to use Winsoft ComPort for Linux 1.1 Full Source in Delphi to communicate with devices connected to the serial port on Linux. We have seen how to download and install the component, how to set its properties and events, and how to write and read data from the serial port. We have also seen how to use other Winsoft components, such as Communication Protocol Suite, to implement various protocols over the serial port. Winsoft ComPort for Linux is a powerful and easy-to-use component that can help you create amazing applications that communicate with serial devices on Linux.


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Winsoft ComPort for Linux:


Q: How much does Winsoft ComPort for Linux cost?




A: Winsoft ComPort for Linux costs 60 EUR for a single license, 120 EUR for a site license, and 240 EUR for an enterprise license. You can buy it online from the official website of Winsoft.


Q: What are the system requirements for Winsoft ComPort for Linux?




A: Winsoft ComPort for Linux requires 64-bit Linux and Delphi 10.2 - 11 and Lazarus 2.0.12. It also requires the libserialport library to be installed on your Linux machine.


Q: How can I get support for Winsoft ComPort for Linux?




A: You can get support for Winsoft ComPort for Linux by contacting the developer via email at info@winsoft.sk. You can also visit the official website of Winsoft and check the documentation, samples, and forum sections.


Q: How can I update Winsoft ComPort for Linux?




A: You can update Winsoft ComPort for Linux by downloading the latest version from the official website of Winsoft and replacing the old files with the new ones. You can also check the changelog section to see what's new in each version.


Q: How can I uninstall Winsoft ComPort for Linux?




A: You can uninstall Winsoft ComPort for Linux by removing the "comport.lpk" file from your Delphi project folder and deleting the "Winsoft" tab from the component palette. You can also remove the libserialport library from your Linux machine if you don't need it anymore. dcd2dc6462


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