Our Ethernet Software Developers Kit for EBCs, EBC100s, ECOMs, ECOM100s & EDRVs
As part of our federation's effort to provide best value to the customer, we are providing an Ethernet Software Development Kit (SDK) for our EBCs, EBC100s, ECOMs, ECOM100s and EDRVs free of charge. Because of the obvious economic implications of doing so, we can't provide telephone support for these tools. We have tried to provide clear documentation and sample applications. We will provide answers to specific implementation questions via email.
The interface code as a package is written with the “less is more” philosophy. It is intended to be the minimum layer between the client application and the I/O interface module. As such, the client application has the responsibility of initialization, building up I/O requests, parsing responses, handling error conditions and cleanup when the client application closes.
Being that our other software products are Win32 applications, the examples included in our Ethernet SDK are for Microsoft Visual C/C++ and for Microsoft Visual Basic. However, they should build under any 32-bit compiler with a few tweaks. As more people convert our SDK to run on platforms, we'll make them available here. The demonstration programs are included to help you understand the process of communication with the EBCs, ECOMs and EDRVs.
We will be adding additional documentation files, example code, and other goodies to the SDK as we learn more about what is required to use our SDK efficiently. As developers of the products, we sometimes over-simplify some aspects of communicating with our modules. As we get questions from developers using our SDK, we will publish FAQs, tip sheets, tables of information, etc. that address these issues and try to head off some of the common problems.
Source Code for our Ethernet SDK
For professional software developers who, for legitimate reasons, cannot use our Ethernet SDK as provided, we will make the source code to the Ethernet SDK available. Some legitimate reasons are: you’re developing for a non-Windows environment (UNIX, Linux, etc.), you’re not using Microsoft’s Visual C/C++ development environment, or you want to include the SDK's APIs directly into your application and not use the provided DLLs. We will provide this source code free of charge and will provide assistance in its use via email.
Along with the Win32 version of the source code, we do have available two customer provided ports of the source code, one for Linux (RH v8.1) and one for VB.Net v2003 / 2005.
This document and the products it represents are a work in progress. We desire your feedback, so if you have some constructive criticism or enhancement ideas, please don’t hesitate to send them in. The preferred method of communicating with us about the Ethernet SDK is via an email sent to SDKSupport@hosteng.com.
|Ethernet SDK Files|
The following files are customer provided conversions of the SDK source code to a different platform. Since we are exclusively a Win32 shop, we provide these for your use but do not offer any technical support for them.
These conversions DO NOT include all of the SDK source files, they only include the files that were changed during the port. You still need to request the SDK source to get the complete set of code.
Both of these conversions were done before Terminator I/O was developed, as such, they do not support the T1H-EBC or T1H-EBC100. Refer to the above note about the changes needed to add T1H-EBC support.
These ZIP files contain (at a minimum) new versions of Interface.Cpp, EQ.Cpp, EtherCCM.Cpp, EtherIO.Cpp. We don't know which version of Linux and Solaris these files work with, but hey, they're a good starting point, and did mention they are free !
New! - We also have a LABView v7.0 (or later) library available that implements some basic functionality of the Ethernet SDK such as basic device query and reading and writing PLC memory. Consult the included Readme.Txt file for installation guidelines.
|Request the Ethernet SDK Source Code|
We are making the source code to the Ethernet SDK available to professional software developers who, for legitimate reasons, cannot use our Ethernet SDK DLLs and libraries as provided. Some of the more popular legitimate reasons are that you're developing for a Unix or Linux environment, or that you want to include our SDK code directly into your application, or that you need the source code to debug your application and you need the source doe four our libraries.
We will provide the source code free of charge and will provide assistance in it's use via email.
In addition to the Win32 version of the source code, we do have available two customer-provided ports of the source code, one for Linux (RH v8.1) and one for VB.Net 2003. If you'd like to have those source code conversions, let us know when you make the request.
What we would like from you is some information about who you are and why you need the source code. This information is for our internal use only. Click the following hyperlink to send an email with the required information to SDKSourceRequest@hosteng.com:
Your Company name
Your Company's Street Address
The Email address to send the SDK Source Code. The source code is contained in a 45Kb WinZIP file, so the Email address must be capable of receiving a .ZIP file as an attachment.
A short description of why the SDK itself is not sufficient
for your needs and you need the source code, for example: developing for