So the first software bit has been started to support these grandiose plans I have in my head for all of this boat electronic stuff. That particular bit is the serial port "driver" component. Written in Microsoft Visual C++ using Component Object Model (COM), it is the bit that will connect the "application software" to the "hardware" for your standard serial port. The use of COM ensures that this driver could be used by any number of application hosts written with various tools in Windows (.NET, MFC, C#, VB.NET, C++, Flash, Delphi).
I plan to allow for multiple means of hardware communication. This could include serial port, ethernet, bluetooth, wifi or whatever. But, for getting started in the lab, the basic plain serial port will do just fine.
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