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Serial Tool

2008-07-28 11:47:30.776334+00 by meuon 3 comments

A good RS-232 Analyzer/Monitor/Sniffer/Injector is a very useful tool. I tried several while "sniffing" some proprietary serial interfaces/code. This one is good enough to run Windows to use, and good enough I paid for a licensed copy. It handles strange characters and does ascii/hex/binary modes well. To do serial sniffing you may want to splurge for their full duplex cable as it will sync up better if you are using hardware flow control, but a quick kludge cable worked for me as my target used software flow control.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-07-28 12:22:48.074124+00 by: ebradway

I used to use one these pretty regularly. I even have a set of cables that I used - basically an ethernet cable and a variety of ends for whatever pinnouts I needed.

Now I want something similar for SOAP. I've found HTTP analyzers - but I'd really prefer something that formatted the XML.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-07-28 22:00:33.673648+00 by: meuon

How about pipping sniffit into a perl or PHP XML parser?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-07-29 10:45:54.212287+00 by: meuon

Eric, I played around some with this, as I thought it would be useful, using SimpleXMLElement in PHP to read and parse the PHP. It's useful, but I quickly realized that I liked raw sniffit data a lot.

I think some simple pseudo-xml parsing and logic checking via some perl might be better, as it could show errors that PHP's XML Parser just blows on.

What are you thinking you want outputted? Can you describe it?