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In this blog I will keep track of projects I develop though out this year and may be in the future. For now it is juts a testing ground for developing the blog itself but I hope as I put more material it will become a good place for me to hold information.

Simple Serial Data Parser Simulated

Arduino, C/C++ Programming Posted on 19 May, 2021 21:00:34
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>

//#define _DEBUG

const char data[] = "adssdfl;jk$OTAQ1#adssdfl;jk$OTAQ1#123,command,command"
"*FFFF1234\r\nadssdfl;jk$OTAQ1#adssdfl;jk$OTAQ1#123,command,command*FFFF1234";    // Simulated serial string.
const char initial_token = '$'; // Start token on the datastring for our formated string. The format is "$....*FFFF".
const int max_size = 64;        // Maximum niber of bytes which can be part of a message.
char buffer[256];               // Temporary buffer to keep track of date from the serial port.
//char mesage[256];               // Message if any is found with the structure as described above.
bool initial_flag = false;      // Flag to indicate if an initial token has been found.
int counter = 0;                // counter to keep trak of the position in the buffer.

// Parses the messge into its components
void Parse(char* message)
    char limits[] = "$#,*";     // Use '$', '#', ',' and '*' are the parsing. 
    char* token = strtok(message, limits);
    while (token != NULL)
        printf("%s\r\n", token);
        token = strtok(NULL, limits);

// Identify the message from the strings of char's
void ReadMessage(char c)
    // if initialization flag is true then add teh character to teh buffer
        if (initial_flag)
            buffer[counter] = c;    // Add the current character to the buffer.
            counter++;              // increase counter.
            char sum[5] = {0};
            char message[256] = {0};
#ifdef _DEBUG
            printf("%s\r\n", buffer);
            if(sscanf(buffer, "$%[^*]*%4s", message, sum) == 2){
                int _size  = strlen(sum);
#ifdef _DEBUG 
                printf("number of chars in sum %d\r\n", _size);
                if (_size == 4) // We have dound some data with the desired format.
                    // Do something with the string
                    printf("Check sum is: %s\r\n", buffer);
                    printf("Message is: %s\r\n", message);
                    initial_flag = false;
        // Check if enconter initial chracter. If this is found at any time reinitialize buffer. and set flag accordingly.
        if (c == initial_token)
            printf("Initial token encounter\r\n");
            initial_flag = true;        // Set initialisation flag to true.s
            memset(buffer, 0, 255);     // Setbuffer data to 0.
            buffer[0] = initial_token;  // Put initial toekn in the buffer.
            counter = 1;                // initialize counter to 1 as 0 zero position has already been initialized.
        if (counter >= max_size)        // If number of character in buffer is maximum the de-initialize the flag.
            initial_flag = false;

// Main
int main()
    int length = strlen(data);              // Get the dta length on the "serial" buffer. Is just for simulation.
    printf("Reading %d from data string\r\n", length);  // Print the length of data for awareness.
    for (size_t i = 0; i < length; i++) {   // Simulated readint one one caracter at the time from the serial port.
        char c = data[i];                   // Get the char form the buffer.
        ReadMessage(c);                     // Add the char to the message buffer and check it it can be parsed.


Programming Arduino With Max3232 of Max232

Arduino Posted on 24 Oct, 2017 15:17:15

To Program the Arduino over a MAX232 one simply needs to press the reset button on the board or to ground the reset pin till the Arduino IDE has compiled the program it is ready to upload. At this point release the reset button or remove the grounding wire and the Arduino IDE will start uploading the program.

I have test this with Arduino UNO and NANO. In the image below we can see the configuration to program an Arduino UNO, the Mega is only used to power the UNO.