Several people have contacted me regarding the “Teensy++ PLC”, either with the idea of extending it, or porting it to other microcontroller architectures, or developing it further as a true “Arduino” solution. Especially the true Arduino PLC solution is very tempting for me. Indeed, that was the idea that followed me from the very start. So, let me put together some thoughts on this topic. Read more »
After some joyful time I’ve had playing with GUI concepts and visuals, I threw that initial code away and started doing it the right way. At the time being, I have a simple GUI and dinamically extensible framework at some early stage. Think of it as a tiny, super-light netbeans or eclipse-like platform. There’s more to follow here. Take care!
That’s my new project I’ve been working on for some past weekends and afternoons. Yes, there are some similar projects that have already been started. And yes, there are some plugins for Arduino development beeing developed for NetBeans and Eclipse (and these solutions tend to be more powerful in the start and – perhaps – also in the future, because of the feature-rich platforms they extend). However, there is no really specialized IDE for Arduino development that would satisfy me out of the box. And – most of all – I need another challenge!
I work with IBM RAD most of my daytime and in the remaining time I work with IDEA. That should give quite a clear picture about my expectations of an IDE (and frustrations I face). However, this project is about fun. If I save a world or two at the same time, it’s o.k., too. That’s what I’m going to say for now. Stay close!
Finally, here are the sources I was talking about for so long! This project page wouldn’t be complete without it, would it?
The zip file below contains complete sources of AVR firmware in Arduino language (C++ with a couple of libraries, basically), the graphical development environment, a sample control program with corresponding configuration, a simple PC SCADA application and a simple communication library in Java.
Schematics and other info can be found here (just search in the document, you’ll find it at the end).
It looks like that:
Do read more about it here.
Here it is! The AT90USB646-based homebrew programmable logic controller. It’s not quite a Simatic S7 (and it’s not even completed in most parts), but it’s a nice start. A more complete and IEC-ish environment on the development software part (among many other things) would be nicer, but… the code is (will be) here, so extend it to whatever you want. But, whatever you may want to do with it, keep in mind it’s more of a “proof-of-concept” thing than a production-ready device.
Ehm… that PLC. What’s new?
O.k. I canceled the ST compiler part. Not that I don’t like the idea of doing it, I just don’t have the time. So here is the alternative Read more »
Ubuntu Server (and others)
If you play a lot with servers or networked PCs with multiple NICs and change and switch network cards often, you sooner or later end up with two computers having network cards named in a different order by the operating system (eg. the NIC in the first slot is eth0 on one computer while being eth1 on the other). But usually you want to have all computers in a group configured the same way Read more »
After looking at the Beremiz iec2c compiler source, I decided that modifying it to fit into this project is probably not the way to go. At this time, I’m deep into experimenting with the Coco/R framework on Java to produce my own IEC compiler. To make things simpler, I decided to support Read more »
Platform: Ubuntu Server
When we access a machine remotely over SSH, we sure do not want its daemon to crash and leave us without the means to access the system. So what we want is some means to make sure that the daemon is immediately restarted in the case of such an unfortunate event. Read more »