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VB.Net Desktop Application Form - Barcode input

Hello,
 
Can you guys weigh in on whether this is feasible and what the complexity level is?

I will be building a pretty basic VB.Net desktop application as a Form.
 
One of the input Text boxes on this Form will need to read barcode input from a scanning device and update my Text field value based off of the barcode-read value.

I run VS2005 and not sure what is there for built-in objects or 3rd Party to communicate with this type of input device.  The barcodes would be standard Code 128 barcodes.


Thanks guys,
JMO9966
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Hi JMO9966,

When I have used a barcode reader a long time ago, I had nothing to do. The reader is converting the barcode to ascii characters. All you have to do is to set the focus to your textbox.

Cheers!
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Joe_GriffithCommented:
Almost all barcode readers are inserted between the keyboard and the computer. Whatever is read by the scanner is converted to keystrokes. It's as if you were typing it in.
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jrschererCommented:
Joe Griffith:
Some more advanced barcode readers nowadays come with USB connector, but with the same effect as you say. It works as a keyboard, since it is recognized as a HID USB device. (HID = Human Interface Device)
Lately I have used a PCMCIA bar code reader on a tablet computer. This needed programming, since the trigger to read had to be given through software. (in fact I returned it to the vendor since there were bugs in the driver)

JMO9966: look for a BCR with so called Keyboard Wedge cable or USB connector, depending on available sockets on your target system.
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