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C++Builder3 -putting values into an array

Posted on 2001-06-09
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Last Modified: 2008-03-17
Data Acquistion program written using Borlands C++builder3:
 I am using a driver function to return a value which I then intend to plot using TPerformanceGraph. I would like to lable the axis (not an included feature of TPerformanceGraph), particularly the x-axis,which will be time.

void __fastcall TForm1::Button2Click(TObject *Sender)

   if (gnNumOfSubdevices == 0)

                            (LONG far *)&DriverHandle);

                               (LONG far *)&DriverHandle);

            ptAIVoltageIn.chan = gwChannel;
            ptAIVoltageIn.gain = ptAIConfig.DasGain;
            ptAIVoltageIn.TrigMode = 0; // internal trigger
            ptAIVoltageIn.voltage = (FLOAT far *)&fVoltage;


        data[i] =?????????????????????????????????

       PerformanceGraph1->DataPoint(clRed,data[i] );

I need to put values returned by DRV_AIVoltageIn() into my data array, but dont know how.
The closest I've come has been with the following code:
data[i] = *(ptAIVoltageIn.voltage);
...which only allows me to compile, but causes a crash because of illegal use of a float blah blah blah. (makes my eyes hurt to read it.
Here's some info on the driver functions:

status = DRV_AIVoltageIn(DriverHandle, lpAIVoltageIn)

Reads an analog input channel and returns the result scaled to a voltage. (units = volts)
Name            Direction     Type           Description

DriverHandle     Input             long          assigned by

lpVoltageIn   Input/Output  long pointer to    the storage
                             PT_AIVoltageIn    address for                                            chan,gain  
                                              TrigMode and

1) SUCCESS if successful
2) InvalidDriverHandle if DriverHandle = NULL
3) AIConversionFailed if A/D conversion failed
4) DataNotReady if TrigMode=1 and data is not ready
5) AIScale return code

           typedef struct tagPT_AIVoltageIn
     USHORT      chan;
     USHORT      gain;
     USHORT      TrigMode;
     FLOAT far   *voltage;

       } PT_AIVoltageIn, FAR * LPT_AIVoltageIn;

PT_AIVoltageIn is used by DRV_AIVoltageIn function .

Name     Direction     Type          Description
chan     Input         unsignedshort     the sampled channel

gain     Input        unsigned short        gain code

TrigMode  Input         unsigned short     trigger mode

voltage       Output    long pointer
                   to floating-point     measured voltage
                                        returned, scaled
                                        to units of volts

Thanks again for all your help,
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ID: 6171004
>>  Because my values are coming from a for loop the timing may
>> vary if there is other demands on the system (?).
Thsi could be a gigantic effect.  Your app could be suspended for long periods of time, like say a tenth of a second.  That doesn't sound like mutch, but you might be able to collect 1000 data points in that time.  So it has a drastic effect on the data.

Your best bet is to use external hardware to collect the data and provide it to the computer.  Or to use an external device that provides both a data point and a time at which it was collected.

Less good would be to remove the assumption that the values are equally spaced (in time) and collect both the time and the values.  The problem is that you have assume that the program is not suspended between the time the time is obtained and the value is obtained.  There's no way to prevent that.  however increasing the priority fo the thread will help.

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Hi RLawless,

Generally, when I encounter this problem I use the following snippet.

memcpy( &( ( *data )[ i] ), (void*)&ptAIVoltageIn.voltage, sizeof( ptAIVoltageIn.voltage) );

I'm posting this as a comment as im not 100% sure that it'll work in your case as there is insufficient code to compile reliably.

You can award some points if it works but let me know either way.

Best of luck

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