Calculating a BCC (Xor) for a message

How can I calculate the BCC for the follow message:

  Dim s As String = ChrW(&H1) & ChrW(&H56) & "01" & ChrW(&H2) & "123" & ChrW(&H3) & ChrW(&HD)

BCC is XOR of all the bytes in a given byte stream excluding the first SOH[chr(1)] or STX[chr(2)] till first ETX[chr(3)] or EOT[chr(4)]. ETX is included in the BCC.

Thanks in advance
cmdolcetAsked:
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ArkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Unfortunatelly, I don't know the specification  of TelesisSerialPort input string. Most serial ports controllers calculates BCC (as well as appends STX and ETX marks) automatically, so you just need send "ABC123" string as byte array and SP controller add all missing SOH,STX, BCC and ETX. If you need add them manually - here are functions according Manual you sent:
Private Function GetBCC(input As String) As Byte
    Dim data = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(input)
    Dim checkSum As Long = 0
    For i = 0 To data.Length - 1
        If data(i) = 1 OrElse data(i) = 2 Then Continue For
        If data(i) = 3 OrElse data(i) = 4 Then Exit For
        checkSum += data(i)
    Next
    Return checkSum And &HFF
End Function

Private Function ByteToHex(input As Byte) As Byte()
    Return System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(input.ToString)
End Function

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Using:
Private SOH As String = Chr(1), STX As String = Chr(2), ETX As String = Chr(3)
Private EOS As String = vbCr, MessageType As String = "1", FieldNumber = "01"

Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
    Dim message = "ABC123"
    Dim s = SOH & MessageType & STX & FieldNumber & message & ETX
    Dim bcc = GetBCC(s)
    Dim bccBytes = ByteToHex(bcc)
    'Complete string to pass to SP, including SOH, STX, BCC etc:
    Dim StringToSend = s & System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bccBytes) & EOS
    'Just to show string in Hex:
    Dim sb As New System.Text.StringBuilder
    For Each c In StringToSend
        sb.AppendFormat("{0:X3}H ", Asc(c))
    Next
    MsgBox("Hex string to send:" & vbCrLf & sb.ToString)
End Sub

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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
no its just all .net environment.
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ArkCommented:
Private Function GetBCC(input As String) As Byte
    Dim data = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(input)
    Dim firstTime = True
    Dim checkSum As Byte = 0
    Dim start As Integer = 1 'skip first SOH or STX
    For i = start To data.Length - 1
        If data(i) = 3 OrElse data(i) = 4 Then Exit For
        If firstTime Then
            firstTime = False
            checkSum = data(i)
        Else
            checkSum = checkSum Xor data(i)
        End If
    Next
    Return checkSum
    'or for 8-bit
    'Return checkSum And &H7F
End Function

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Dim s As String = ChrW(&H1) & ChrW(&H56) & "01" & ChrW(&H2) & "123" & ChrW(&H3) & ChrW(&HD)
MsgBox("BCC = 0x" & GetBCC(s).ToString("X"))

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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
Ark, thank you so much for the function.

I am having issues where I use this message:

SOH
1
STX
01ABC123 ETX 238 CR


The BCC which is the 238 is calculated from the following:
1
01
ABC123


using the function above I do not get the returned Hex EE
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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
Using the values
1
01
ABC123

I get the BCC to be decimal 64
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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
This is what the vendor says in the manual:

See attached screen shot.
Manual-Screen-Shot.PNG
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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
OK looks like I am learning a little and figuring things out on my own ;)

I did run into an issue with the return of the following:

I get a Hex value in this function:
 Dim testStr As String = "V" & "01" & Telesis_DateFormat
        Dim byteArray() As Byte = System.Text.ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes(testStr)
        Dim total As Integer
        Try
            For x As Integer = 0 To byteArray.Length - 1
                total += byteArray(x)
            Next
            MsgBox(total.ToString("X"))

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But when sending to the device I need this to be more dynamic and not hard code the decimal values on the checksum

 Dim BCCValue As String = String.Empty
                GetBCC(BCCValue)
                Dim s1 As String = ChrW(&H1) & "V" & ChrW(&H2) & "01" & Telesis_DateFormat & ChrW(&H3) & ChrW(&H31) & ChrW(&H39) & ChrW(&H30) & ChrW(&HD)
                Dim encodedBytes1 As Byte() = utf8.GetBytes(s1)
                TelesisSerialPort1.Write(encodedBytes1, 0, encodedBytes1.Length)

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Therefore I need To convert my return HEX BE into decimal and then save that.
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ArkCommented:
You wrote that BCC is XOR while manual says that it's 8-bit sum. So correct code (according manual):
    Private Function GetBCC(input As String) As Byte
        Dim data = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(input)
        Dim checkSum As Long = 0
        For i = 0 To data.Length - 1
            If data(i) = 1 OrElse data(i) = 2 Then Continue For
            If data(i) = 3 OrElse data(i) = 4 Then Exit For
            checkSum += data(i)
        Next
        Return checkSum And &HFF
    End Function

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      Dim s = Chr(1) & "1" & Chr(2) & "01ABC123" & Chr(3) & "238" & vbCr
        MsgBox(GetBCC(s))

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gives 238
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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
Ark yes sorry I was confused.

How can I know take the result of what I get in the BCC function and apply it dynamically to my serialport.write code? WhatI gave use  I am confused on also is that for example I gave with decimal 238 they break it down as ChrW(&H31) & ChrW(&H39) & ChrW(&H30) how can I do this more dynamically?

 Dim BCCValue As String = String.Empty
                GetBCC(BCCValue)
                Dim s1 As String = ChrW(&H1) & "V" & ChrW(&H2) & "01" & Telesis_DateFormat & ChrW(&H3) & ChrW(&H31) & ChrW(&H39) & ChrW(&H30) & ChrW(&HD)
                Dim encodedBytes1 As Byte() = utf8.GetBytes(s1)
                TelesisSerialPort1.Write(encodedBytes1, 0, encodedBytes1.Length)

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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
So what your saying is the checksum will be calculated automatically from the com
Port ? Can you clarify the last post for me

Also I want to be able to append the checksum results automatically to the message and not take each decimal value and return it's equivalent
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cmdolcetAuthor Commented:
Ark,

What is c?
In for  For Each c In StringToSend.............
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ArkCommented:
For each c as Char  In StringToSend...
This loop convert each char to 3 digit hex with "H" at the end just to display string similar to manual. MsgBox displays:
001H 031H 002H 030H 031H 041H 042H 043H 031H 032H 033H 003H 032H 033H 038H 00DH
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