I’m a newcomer to the VEX world and use Unix for almost all my computing. I’ve done some digging around, and while there doesn’t seem to be any solid support for VEX in the Unix world yet, it looks like we’re VERY close.
I’d like to help drive home the winning run, but before I go and reinvent another wheel, I thought I’d open up a discussion get input from anyone who might already be ahead of me on this one. I’m wondering if anyone out there has worked with SDCC (http://sdcc.sourceforge.net/) or Piklab (http://piklab.sourceforge.net/) for VEX coding.
SDCC support for the PIC chips seems to be coming of age as we speak, and while Piklab is in its infancy, it looks almost ready for use as well.
I also found some simple PIC loader tools (ifi-pictools and ifi-reloaded_qt) which don’t work with my VEX (OK, my son’s VEX - I keep forgetting). Again, it looks like they could with just a little modification.
I wrote a simple C program to test communication with the VEX, and it wasn’t hard at all (thanks to (http://shtylman.com). I’m going to finish off a working VEX loader of my own, as soon as I find some info on the hex file format.
If anyone has information to share on this topic, I’d love to hear it. I’ll be maintaining a page on my WEB site ([http://personalpages.tds.net/~jwbacon/Ports/) to share what I know about VEX programming under Unix.
One more request: Please don’t degrade this thread into another Windows vs. Linux smack-down. I’d like to keep this project positive and productive. My aim is to help *nix users, not pick on Windows users.
Jason Bacon](http://personalpages.tds.net/~jwbacon/Ports/) to share what I know about VEX programming under Unix.)