MAKING QUALITY CONNECTIONS

Øystein Holvik Johnsen

Lightning talk - in English

You may be creating a software application that will communicate with an external device like a motor controller, a sensor, a television set or a washing machine.  However, handling connections to external devices in a software application can be challenging.  The communication port may be busy, or may be missing entirely in the system if for instance a USB based serial port is unplugged.  The operator may have forgotten to press the “Connect” button.  The device may have crashed or had a power loss, leaving the device in an uninitialized state or out of synchronization with the application.

A good way to handle these problems is to use a connection handler whose only purpose is to keep a quality connection to the device.  The connection handler will take care of:

  • Determining the presence and availability of the configured port.
  • Obtaining control of the configured port.
  • Determining the presence of a connected device.
  • Initializing the device with a handshake routine.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the connection to the device.
  • Cleaning up if the connection is lost, and starting over again.

I will demonstrate a quick example on how to be in control.