As I mentioned in Automated Continuous Integration and the BetaBrite LED Sign:
I'm currently working on some .NET classes that wrap a BetaBrite-specific subset of the Alpha Sign Communications Protocol. This requires serial communication via a 25 or 50 foot RS-232 serial to RJ-12 cable, so you'll need a physical PC with either a serial port or a USB-to-Serial adapter to get this working.
This is now ready for public consumption. I posted it as a new article on CodeProject, BetaBrite LED Sign API - A simple API for controlling a BetaBrite LED sign via RS-232 serial commands. Here's a sample:
Dim bb As New BetaBrite.Sign(1) With bb .Open() .UseMemoryText("D"c, 128) .UseMemoryText("E"c, 128) .UseMemoryText("F"c, 128) .AllocateMemory() .SetText("D"c, _ "<font=five><color=green>This is <font=seven>file D", _ Transition.Rotate) .SetText("E"c, _ "<font=five><color=yellow>This is <font=seven>file E", _ Transition.WipeLeft) SetText("F"c, _ "<font=five><color=red>time is <calltime>", _ Transition.RollDown) .SetRunSequence("EDF") .Close() End With
It really came out nicely. Now go get you some of that sweet, hot LED sign action!