What is the best way to do this:
- Request measurement data from a scientific device connected to PC
with RS-232 cable. (On Windows XP box)
- Receive data
- Display data in an app for a user to add comments and input other
measurements that are not sent down the RS-232 cable
- Send data to database
I can do 3) and 4) (I think) but I don’t know about getting data from
the serial port.
Will someone give me advice?
Any help appreciated,
PS Bonus question:
I want to do the app in RoR but time-conscious collegues are strongly
suggesting I do it in Java. I understand that the support for the “way”
to do it in Java has been withdrawn for Windows, so whichever way we do
it we may have to have a C program talking to the device. Is this
correct? Any comments on RoR vs Java for this?