HIDmaker Software for USB: Use YOUR Favorite Compilers
We know you have strong feelings about what programming language is best for you when you want to make software for USB. We understand that you may have existing source code that you have developed and extended for years. You don't want to have to lose that code and start over.
We don't think you should have to start over, either.
For those reasons and more, we make our products able to let YOU choose the programming languages you want to work in. We don't lock you in to some proprietary programming scheme, or only provide you with some example program that barely works in only one programming language, like those semiconductor companies do.
For both the PC and the PIC side, HIDmaker generates complete, ready to compile and run source code, including project files that you can immediately load into your compiler's Integrated Development Environment, so the compiler can find all of the files in your project.
Note that your choice of PIC compiler is completely independent of your choice of PC compiler: the device does not know or care what compiler was used in your program on the PC hose, and your PC code does not know or care what compiler was used on the PIC peripheral.
Both HIDmaker FS 2 and HIDmaker 32 let YOU make the choices that are right for you!
"Choose Compilers" Page of HIDmaker 32 Wizard
Here is a screen capture of the page of the HIDmaker 32 wizard, where you actually choose the "code generators" for both the PIC side and the PC side. We refer to "code generators" instead of compilers right now, because you can see from the image above that there are e.g. several code generators for the Microsoft C# compiler -- one generates C# code for the .NET "WinForms" framework, and the other generates C# code for the newer Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) framework.
You must check boxes to choose at least 1 code generator from the PIC side, and at least 1 code generator for the PC side. You can check them all if you like. (Some of the checkboxes in the screen capture are disabled -- we are working on more code generators for release in the near future.)
Each code generator creates a complete, CUSTOM project for a particular compiler, along with a project file that tells the compiler or Integrated Development Environment (IDE) where all the files are. Each code generator places its code in a separate subdirectory under the main project directory you have created for this HIDmaker project.
HIDmaker 32 generates only C code on the PIC side, currently for Microchip compilers only.
For a detailed description of the code generators supported by HIDmaker 32, see the HIDmaker Supported Compilers page.
"Choose Compilers" Page of HIDmaker FS 2 Wizard
Here is a screen capture of the page of the HIDmaker FS 2 wizard, where you actually choose the "code generators" for both the PIC side and the PC side.
The same comments we made under the HIDmaker 32 screen capture above, apply to the HIDmaker FS 2 screen capture above.
With one exception, most of the HIDmaker FS 2 PIC side code generators create a mixture of high level language code for the files YOU will work with, and fast assembly code for the USB library code that you shouldn't modify anyway. Doing this allows us to support some non-Microchip compilers as well as Microchip compilers, and makes the packing and unpacking operation about 4X faster than straight C code.
The one exception is Microchip XC8. Microchip has seen fit to make some changes to their XC8 compiler that are unsafe for the mixed C / Assembly framework we use for the other PIC compilers. This has forced us to make our XC8 code generator in HIDmaker FS 2 to generate the same straight C code framework that HIDmaker 32's XC8 code generator does.
For a detailed description of the code generators supported by HIDmaker FS 2, see the HIDmaker Supported Compilers page.
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