Apex II
Programmer's ToolKit

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Apex Programmerís ToolKit - The right tools for the right job

The Apex II Programmerís ToolKit is a collection of utilities that provide the programmer the ability to accurately, quickly and easily develop stable, predictable applications programs for the Apex II.

The ToolKit is organized into four distinct subject areas. To organize these subject areas on one diskette, each subject is placed in its own Folder. The individual files contained in each "folder" are described as follows:

APEXAPI FOLDER: This folder contains files and code used to program the Apex II unit.

  • The file named "APEX.API" is a file containing program modules written in Apex Basic. A user can easily create a program to run in the Apex II by calling each API module of code from the userís program. The file "APEXAPI.DOC" explains in detail each API call as well as the additional information to be supplied by the user.
  • The file named "APEXLINE.API" is a file containing the same information as the Apex.API file with the addition of line numbers.
  • APEXPROG - "APEXPROG.EXE" is a command line utility program used to Load and Delete program files on the Apex II. Other options include Setting date and time, saving the program in memory, Running the program, Adding line numbers to the program and Stripping program comments.
  • The "L.BAT" file is a batch program used to append the Apex.API file to the users code.
  • The file named "APITEST.APX" is a sample program using the API functions. This program does not contain line numbers.
  • The file named "APITESTL.APX" is a sample program using the API functions. This program contains line numbers.

LINKMST FOLDER: This folder contains the windows program and source code used to communicate with the Apex II unit.

  • LINK MASTER FOR WINDOWS or "WINLINK.EXE" is a utility program that provides the user an easy and convenient way to communicate with the Apex II. LINK MASTER FOR WINDOWS provides the Apex II user a wide range of helpful, easy-to-use utilities in a familiar Windows-based environment.

MODEM FOLDER: This folder contains information related to modem communications.

  • The file named "APEXMDM.APX" is a sample program containing modem communications.
  • The file named "APEXMODM.DOC" is a word document detailing the functionality of the Apex modem sample program.

VBAPI FOLDER: This directory contains a Visual Basic module of code used to communicate with the Apex II unit.

  • The file named "APEX.BAS" is a module written for visual basic 3.0 and higher. The user can add the basic module to a VB program and call pre-written routines to easily communicate to the Apex II. Modules included are upload routines, download routines, a file conversion routine, a routine to print to the Apex II screen and much more. Also included is a file named "STRUCT.TXT". This file is used by the conversion routine to allow the user to specify field names, sizes and types.
  • The file "APEX.DOC" explains in detail, each Visual Basic API call as well as the additional information to be supplied by the user.