I have a program that needs to use a serial port in VB.NET 2013.
When the program starts I have a splash screen that loads and when the user clicks the "Proceed" button the splash screen is hidden (me.hide) and the user is presented with an "Options" form. The two options are "Run Test" and "System Check". Each of these launches a different form and both forms call the same module that communicate with hardware on the serial port.
In this module I need to refer to the serial port. What I need to know is, can I put the serial port (named "serialport1") on the splash screen and then in the module, when I need to call the serial port, simply say: frmSplash.serialport1 . . .
instead of putting separate serial ports on each form and then modifying the module to call a different serial port depending on which form is being used?