To make this accessible to everyone, I’d really like to add support for more than just Windows. I thought that Java would be my ticket to freedom here, but that is turning sour real fast.
From what I’m able to collect, it seems Sun has dropped official support for serial port access on the Windows platform. They don’t distribute the java(x).comm API class with the core SDK either. It also seems that the support for existing platforms is weak at best, as well.
I read a note from a sun engineer that was distributed with the downloadable class saying it was “unsupported with no obligation to fix bugs.”
I did discover RXTX which can be used standalone with Java. Like many-a-free software packages, the documentation looks pretty shaky on it. This could be good, could be bad. If it just plain works, who cares about documentation?
Maybe I’m completely off-base here, but I think this STINKS.
Why wouldn’t Sun support serial port access on the most common platform out there?