i guess no one likes monkey programming...<harumpfh>
ANYWAY i've gotten pretty far with this contraption now...i guess there's a little background needed
i'm setting up a fireworks display with two of these
which are really nifty if you do any electrical hobby stuff..it's basically a serial port conrolled box of relays...nothing fancy...but you can do really nifty stuff with it...anyway...i'm using it to activate model rocket igniters to fire mortar style fireworks (and two of the best fireworks EVER created...the texas rattlesnake....if you see one at the fireworks store...by at least one...i suggest 3)
so the program loads a splash page...so that i have time to adjust some things before starting the timer (because...once it's started...i don't want to be any where near the thing)..timer starts and the program goes..as the program runs...a counter is incremented which allows the program to reset the timer.interval property so that i can vary the times between firing....as each part of the process runs...it changes the color of a button on a graphical representation of the firing plan so that i can see which one should be going off (that way if it didn't go off...i know where to point my fire extinguisher before i walk up there)...once it's done it closes the com port...
i'm pretty much to a place where i COULD call this thing done...but.. i'd like to have an actual countdown timer on the form so that i can see the full duration of the show (i've tried...and i can't get that timer to actually work...it just cycles the numbers way to fast), and it would be nice to be able to read from the serial port at the same time as the rest of this is going...(every time i try this last bit the program locks)
i've attached the actual project in case anyone want's to take a look...or in case someone has this relay box and needs a starter program