B4J Tutorial [RPi] - PiFace Control And Display (CAD)

Discussion in 'B4J Tutorials' started by Erel, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User


    jPi4J library supports the PiFace Digital extension. However it doesn't support the CAD module as the underlying library (Pi4J) doesn't support it.

    So we need to be a bit more creative here.
    We will run and interact with a simple Python script using UDP. Note that an external network is not required.

    The Python script will receive the data and write it to the display. It will also monitor the buttons and will send our B4J program a message whenever a button is clicked.

    The example program displays the current time on the display. Once the user clicks on a button it displays the button number (and the timer is stopped).

    If this is the first time that you connect the PiFace CAD then you need to follow these instructions: http://www.piface.org.uk/guides/setting_up_pifacecad/fitting_PiFace_Control_and_Display/

    The Python script is included in the Files folder.

    The complete program:
    Sub Process_Globals
    Private timer1 As Timer
    Private us As UDPSocket
    End Sub

    Sub AppStart (Args() As String)
       timer1.Enabled = 
    If ProcessIsRunning = False Then
    Log("starting piface_udp")
    Dim shl As Shell
    File.Copy(File.DirAssets, "piface_udp.py"File.DirApp, "piface_udp.py")
    "shl""python"Array(File.Combine(File.DirApp, "piface_udp.py")))
    End If
    End Sub

    Sub shl_ProcessCompleted (Success As Boolean, ExitCode As Int, StdOut As String, StdErr As String)
    Log("Process completed: " & StdErr & ", " & StdOut)
    End Sub

    Sub ProcessIsRunning As Boolean
    Dim shl As Shell
    Return shl.RunSynchronous(10000).StdOut.Contains("piface_udp.py")
    End Sub

    Private Sub Timer1_Tick
    End Sub

    Private Sub us_PacketArrived (Packet As UDPPacket)
       timer1.Enabled = 
    Dim btnNumber As Int = BytesToString(Packet.Data, 0, Packet.Length, "ASCII")
    $"User clicked on
    button #${
    End Sub

    Private Sub SendMessage(msg As String)
    Dim Packet As UDPPacket
    "ASCII"), ""52042)
    End Sub

    Attached Files:

  2. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson Expert Licensed User

  3. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    I kept this app running on the RPi (using nohup to prevent it from being killed when the SSH connection is closed). It runs over a week now.
    Mark Turney and KMatle like this.
  4. KMatle

    KMatle Expert Licensed User

    I did the same with httputils calling my Server (php -> MySql) to see how stable the RPI is: All good...
    jinyistudio and Erel like this.
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