Programming the projects with BBC BASIC for Windows


For any program to work you must have installed the K8055D.dll file supplied with the board. The latest version of this program can be found on Velleman's website.

To access the separate routines in the K8055D.dll library, BBC BASIC uses the SYS command. The process is quite simple and an examples or two will make the point. To start any program, the card address has to be supplied to the system. Somewhere in your program should be a PROCinit which gets called at the very beginning. This finds out the start addresses of the various routines and assigns variables to them, which can then be called from BASIC. For instance, somewhere in the K8055D.dll library is a routine which sets a single output port high or low. In Velleman's documentation this routine is called "SetDigitalChannel'. Two lines of programming will fetch the address of this routine. First you have to find the address of the library routine with

SYS"LoadLibrary","K8055D.dll" TO K8055_Board%

The looked for address is now in the BASIC variable K8055_Board% You can now look for the address of the desired subroutine. Like this:

SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SetDigitalChannel" TO K8055_SetDigitalChannel%

You can now set or clear any output port with

SYS K8055_SetDigitalChannel%,Port%

where Port% is any number from 1 to 8, representing the number of the port you want to control.

Below is my procedure, which is part of every program. It contains all possible calls in the same order as in the manual, so it should be easy enough to cross-reference.

Here is a link to the code:

 PROCinit code


   180 DEFPROCK8055_init
  190 REM  Typing errors in routine name do not generate an error message - they just hang up the program.
  200 REM These are all the system calls in the order found in the manual
  210 SYS"LoadLibrary","K8055D.dll" TO K8055_Board%
  220 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"OpenDevice" TO K8055_OpenDevice%
  230 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"CloseDevice" TO K8055_CloseDevice%
  240 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ReadAnalogChannel" TO K8055_ReadAnalogChannel%
  250 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ReadAllAnalog" TO K8055_ReadAllAnalog%
  260 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"OutputAnalogChannel" TO K8055_OutputAnalogChannel%
  270 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"OutputAllAnalog" TO K8055_OutputAllAnalog%
  280 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ClearAnalogChannel" TO K8055_ClearAnalogChannel%
  290 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ClearAllAnalog" TO K8055_ClearAllAnalog
  300 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SetAnalogChannel" TO K8055_SetAnalogChannel%
  310 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SetAllAnalog"  TO K8055_SetAllAnalog%
  320 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"WriteAllDigital" TO K8055_WriteAllDigital%
  330 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ClearDigitalChannel" TO K8055_ClearDigitalChannel%
  340 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ClearAllDigital" TO K8055_ClearAllDigital%
  350 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SetDigitalChannel" TO K8055_SetDigitalChannel%
  360 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SetAllDigital"  TO K8055_SetAllDigital%
  370 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ReadDigitalChannel" TO K8055_ReadDigitalChannel%
  380 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ReadAllDigital"  TO K8055_ReadAllDigital%
  390 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ResetCounter"  TO K8055_ResetCounter%
  400 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"ReadCounter"  TO K8055_ReadCounter%
  410 SYS"GetProcAddress",K8055_Board%,"SedtCounterDebouceTime"  TO K8055_SetCounterDebounceTime%
  420 ENDPROC




Line 210 supplies the address of the link library, the following lines interrogate the link library for the addresses of the individual routines and assign them to BBC Basic variables.. If for instance you want to read the value of analogue channel 1, you can now  use:

SYS K8055_ReadAnalogue%,1 TO Value%

Value% will now contain a number between 0 and 255, reflecting the voltage at the analogue port. To do the same thing with analogue port 2 you would use:

SYS K8055_ReadAnalogue%,2 TO Value%

Some calls to not supply or return values, they just have a single function. For instance, to clear all digital channels you simply use:

SYS K8055_ClearAllDigital%

The various programs supplied with the projects will hopefully make things even clearer. Notice the routine at 'OpenDevice'. All your programs should begin with the line. I have found that during develiopment of a program, it is a good idea to use the line

SYS K8055_CloseDevice%

This makes sure that the device is closed, as it may be still open from a previous error.

SYS K8055_OpenDevice%,N%

will open the device, where N% is the address of your Velleman K8055 board. This can be between 0 and 3 and is set with two link switches on the PCB. If you use two different boards at the same time, they should obviously have different addresses and each command must be called in turn. Say you wanted to set Port 1 on two different Velleman boards with addresses 0 and 1. This would look like this:

SYS K8055_OpenDevice%,0
SYS K8055_SetDigitalChannel%,1
SYS K8055_CloseDevice%,0
SYS K8055_OpenDevice%,1
SYS K8055_SetDigitalChannel%,1
SYS K8055_CloseDevice%,1


 Have fun.


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