Visual Basic .NET - Hall Effect Bricklet

This is the description of the Visual Basic .NET API bindings for the Hall Effect Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Hall Effect Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the Visual Basic .NET API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Simple

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Imports System
Imports Tinkerforge

Module ExampleSimple
    Const HOST As String = "localhost"
    Const PORT As Integer = 4223
    Const UID As String = "XYZ" ' Change XYZ to the UID of your Hall Effect Bricklet

    Sub Main()
        Dim ipcon As New IPConnection() ' Create IP connection
        Dim he As New BrickletHallEffect(UID, ipcon) ' Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT) ' Connect to brickd
        ' Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        ' Get current edge count without reset
        Dim count As Long = he.GetEdgeCount(False)
        Console.WriteLine("Count: " + count.ToString())

        Console.WriteLine("Press key to exit")
        Console.ReadLine()
        ipcon.Disconnect()
    End Sub
End Module

Callback

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Imports System
Imports Tinkerforge

Module ExampleCallback
    Const HOST As String = "localhost"
    Const PORT As Integer = 4223
    Const UID As String = "XYZ" ' Change XYZ to the UID of your Hall Effect Bricklet

    ' Callback subroutine for edge count callback
    Sub EdgeCountCB(ByVal sender As BrickletHallEffect, ByVal count As Long, _
                    ByVal value As Boolean)
        Console.WriteLine("Count: " + count.ToString())
    End Sub

    Sub Main()
        Dim ipcon As New IPConnection() ' Create IP connection
        Dim he As New BrickletHallEffect(UID, ipcon) ' Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT) ' Connect to brickd
        ' Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        ' Register edge count callback to subroutine EdgeCountCB
        AddHandler he.EdgeCountCallback, AddressOf EdgeCountCB

        ' Set period for edge count callback to 0.05s (50ms)
        ' Note: The edge count callback is only called every 0.05 seconds
        '       if the edge count has changed since the last call!
        he.SetEdgeCountCallbackPeriod(50)

        Console.WriteLine("Press key to exit")
        Console.ReadLine()
        ipcon.Disconnect()
    End Sub
End Module

API

Since Visual Basic .NET does not support multiple return values directly, we use the ByRef keyword to return multiple values from a function.

All functions and procedures listed below are thread-safe.

Basic Functions

Class BrickletHallEffect(ByVal uid As String, ByVal ipcon As IPConnection)

Creates an object with the unique device ID uid:

Dim hallEffect As New BrickletHallEffect("YOUR_DEVICE_UID", ipcon)

This object can then be used after the IP Connection is connected (see examples above).

Function BrickletHallEffect.GetValue() As Boolean

Returns true if a magnetic field of 35 Gauss (3.5mT) or greater is detected.

Function BrickletHallEffect.GetEdgeCount(ByVal resetCounter As Boolean) As Long

Returns the current value of the edge counter. You can configure edge type (rising, falling, both) that is counted with SetEdgeCountConfig().

If you set the reset counter to true, the count is set back to 0 directly after it is read.

Advanced Functions

Sub BrickletHallEffect.SetEdgeCountConfig(ByVal edgeType As Byte, ByVal debounce As Byte)

The edge type parameter configures if rising edges, falling edges or both are counted. Possible edge types are:

  • 0 = rising (default)
  • 1 = falling
  • 2 = both

A magnetic field of 35 Gauss (3.5mT) or greater causes a falling edge and a magnetic field of 25 Gauss (2.5mT) or smaller causes a rising edge.

If a magnet comes near the Bricklet the signal goes low (falling edge), if a magnet is removed from the vicinity the signal goes high (rising edge).

The debounce time is given in ms.

Configuring an edge counter resets its value to 0.

If you don't know what any of this means, just leave it at default. The default configuration is very likely OK for you.

Default values: 0 (edge type) and 100ms (debounce time)

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_RISING = 0
  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_FALLING = 1
  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_BOTH = 2
Sub BrickletHallEffect.GetEdgeCountConfig(ByRef edgeType As Byte, ByRef debounce As Byte)

Returns the edge type and debounce time as set by SetEdgeCountConfig().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_RISING = 0
  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_FALLING = 1
  • BrickletHallEffect.EDGE_TYPE_BOTH = 2
Function BrickletHallEffect.GetAPIVersion() As Byte()

Returns the version of the API definition (major, minor, revision) implemented by this API bindings. This is neither the release version of this API bindings nor does it tell you anything about the represented Brick or Bricklet.

Function BrickletHallEffect.GetResponseExpected(ByVal functionId As Byte) As Boolean

Returns the response expected flag for the function specified by the function ID parameter. It is true if the function is expected to send a response, false otherwise.

For getter functions this is enabled by default and cannot be disabled, because those functions will always send a response. For callback configuration functions it is enabled by default too, but can be disabled by SetResponseExpected(). For setter functions it is disabled by default and can be enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

See SetResponseExpected() for the list of function ID constants available for this function.

Sub BrickletHallEffect.SetResponseExpected(ByVal functionId As Byte, ByVal responseExpected As Boolean)

Changes the response expected flag of the function specified by the function ID parameter. This flag can only be changed for setter (default value: false) and callback configuration functions (default value: true). For getter functions it is always enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

The following function ID constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletHallEffect.FUNCTION_SET_EDGE_COUNT_CONFIG = 3
  • BrickletHallEffect.FUNCTION_SET_EDGE_INTERRUPT = 5
  • BrickletHallEffect.FUNCTION_SET_EDGE_COUNT_CALLBACK_PERIOD = 7
Sub BrickletHallEffect.SetResponseExpectedAll(ByVal responseExpected As Boolean)

Changes the response expected flag for all setter and callback configuration functions of this device at once.

Sub BrickletHallEffect.GetIdentity(ByRef uid As String, ByRef connectedUid As String, ByRef position As Char, ByRef hardwareVersion() As Byte, ByRef firmwareVersion() As Byte, ByRef deviceIdentifier As Integer)

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here. There is also a constant for the device identifier of this Bricklet.

Callback Configuration Functions

Sub BrickletHallEffect.SetEdgeInterrupt(ByVal edges As Long)

Sets the number of edges until an interrupt is invoked.

If edges is set to n, an interrupt is invoked for every n-th detected edge.

If edges is set to 0, the interrupt is disabled.

Default value is 0.

Function BrickletHallEffect.GetEdgeInterrupt() As Long

Returns the edges as set by SetEdgeInterrupt().

Sub BrickletHallEffect.SetEdgeCountCallbackPeriod(ByVal period As Long)

Sets the period in ms with which the EdgeCountCallback callback is triggered periodically. A value of 0 turns the callback off.

The EdgeCountCallback callback is only triggered if the edge count has changed since the last triggering.

The default value is 0.

Function BrickletHallEffect.GetEdgeCountCallbackPeriod() As Long

Returns the period as set by SetEdgeCountCallbackPeriod().

Callbacks

Callbacks can be registered to receive time critical or recurring data from the device. The registration is done by assigning a procedure to an callback property of the device object:

Sub MyCallback(ByVal sender As BrickletHallEffect, ByVal value As Short)
    Console.WriteLine("Value: {0}", value)
End Sub

AddHandler hallEffect.ExampleCallback, AddressOf MyCallback

The available callback property and their type of parameters are described below.

Note

Using callbacks for recurring events is always preferred compared to using getters. It will use less USB bandwidth and the latency will be a lot better, since there is no round trip time.

Event BrickletHallEffect.EdgeCountCallback(ByVal sender As BrickletHallEffect, ByVal count As Long, ByVal value As Boolean)

This callback is triggered periodically with the period that is set by SetEdgeCountCallbackPeriod(). The parameters are the current count and the current value (see GetValue() and GetEdgeCount()).

The EdgeCountCallback callback is only triggered if the count or value changed since the last triggering.

Constants

Const BrickletHallEffect.DEVICE_IDENTIFIER

This constant is used to identify a Hall Effect Bricklet.

The GetIdentity() function and the EnumerateCallback callback of the IP Connection have a deviceIdentifier parameter to specify the Brick's or Bricklet's type.

Const BrickletHallEffect.DEVICE_DISPLAY_NAME

This constant represents the human readable name of a Hall Effect Bricklet.