Terminal Emulation for Emdedded Systems

An embedded system is typically a special purpose computer which performs a specific task in an industrial or commercial setting. Unlike a consumer computer which is built to be extremely flexible in the type and range of tasks it can perform an embedded system will often have a very narrow focus - such as controlling a single machine or performing a single job. As a result an embedded system is often built with limited computing power, storage and specialized software designed to limit costs (not to mention power consumption) and give it just the right specifications for the intended usage.

As terminal emulation specialists, Turbosoft also develop terminal emulation software for this class of device.

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Automation and Terminal Emulation: Hotspots

One of the most striking characteristics of terminal based host interaction, particular for those users who only have experience with Microsoft Windows or Apple operating systems is the fact that interaction with the host is entirely keyboard driven. Many solutions have been devised on both the host and client side with the aim of bringing a modern and user friendly look and feel to host systems. In TTWin one of the simplest and most effective tools to achieve this is what we call Hotspots.

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Automation and Terminal Emulation - Scripting with TTWin Basic

In previous blog posts we’ve taken a look at several options for automating your host terminal emulation session such as activeX and TTWin’s macros. Between these two options falls TTWin Basic, TTWin's built in scripting language. It offers more power and flexibility than a simple macro yet is not as involved as a full blown development project utilizing ActiveX.

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Automation and Terminal Emulation: Macros

Perhaps one of the most useful features in TTWin is it’s macro capabilities. TTWin’s macros offer a wide variety of options for automation that, unlike ActiveX or our built-in scripting language TTWin Basic, require no knowledge of programming languages making them significantly easier for the casual user. Macros can be created quickly and easily to achieve automation of tasks and host interactivity. Now, with the addition of a Macro Assistant in TTWin version 4, the task of building macros is now even simpler.

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