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i'm using visual c++ to do isapi. i'm sending 4 parameter to this dll file and try to use it to control my motor at parallel port. it need certain sequence to produce the correct move of motor. the problem happen when the isapi file receive the parameter and process it nicely and produce an output, which i only get the final processing parameter at parallel port.

i've used sleep() function to send the sequence accordingly to make the motor move like i've done in the normal dialog based program. it works fine. but the isapi finish process all the looping and produce one output at parallel port. is there any way to make it run like what happen in dialog based program. is the placing of command and function play a role here. pls advise. thanks.
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by:snifong
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Can you ellaborate a little bit.  I don't understand. What does "...my motor at parallel port." mean?  What does "...final processing parameter at parallel port." mean?
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a stepper motor need a sequence like 0001 .. 0010 .. 0100 .. 1000 ......... to move to desired place. the problem i'm facing now is isapi only send the final sequence. that mean the motor wouldn't move. i loop the function and send the sequence accordingly will make the motor move smoothly with the help of sleep(). do u have any idea to do that. it works fine under normal dialog based program. thanks
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Nope. Sorry.
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Nope. Sorry.
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Adjusted points to 75
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pls help
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instead of sleeping have you tried posting a timer message and then processing each step on the return?



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You question is a bit unclear:
1. Are the parameters recieved by the ISAPI DLL all at once?
2. How are you sending the parameters to the motor? Windows messaging? COM? API calls?

but I think I can help you:

How good of an understanding of ISAPI do you have? A clear understanding of ISAPI and how IIS processes requests might help you out. A good place to start (which you have probably already found)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/isapi/msdnlib.idc?theURL=/library/devprods/vs6/visualc/vccore/_core_internet_server_api_.28.isapi.29_.extensions.htm


It sounds like you might need to implement a worker thread pool in the ISAPI DLL. ESPECIALLY if you are going to sleep during the processing of the request.

Worker threads will allow your ISAPI DLL to recieve responses from the web server and spawn off workers to control the motor. The workers will make sure all of the parameters make it to the motor in the proper order.

There is an excellent article on MSDN about how to implement worker threads.
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q185/5/18.ASP

If you are building a high performance web application you might want to refine the worker thread concept with a thread pool. There is an excellent article and example on Microsoft's MSDN at:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q197/7/28.ASP

Both article are clear and well written and my humble attempts to explain things to you would pale in comparison.

-ece
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