VBScan is a simple program to scan, decode and draw a barcode. It uses only
.NET Framework and Windows API functions, no third party products.
It is designed to work with a "barcode wand" scanner that is connected to the
com port (RS232) of a PC. Since most barcode wands have TTL voltages you'll
need a converter chip to connect the wand to the PC.
After pressing the start button the program periodically checks the DSR line of
the RS232. If a transition between black and white is detected it stores how
many ticks the last bar was wide. After scanning and pressing stop the
scanned barcode get "cleaned", so that we have no incorrect bars. If you now
press decode the barcode will be decoded (only Code 3 of 9
supported at the moment) and the datastring is shown in a textbox.
I wrote this program as a project in school. It was designed to work, and
nothing more. I'm not a programming professional, so the code is sometimes a
Using the code
I have written 3 classes:
class stores the scanned data in a simple integer array. The class also
provides some functions to clean and draw the barcode.
class provides functions to decode an barcode object. It only supports "Code 3
of 9" barcodes, but it wouldn't be a problem to implement other encoding
class is a wrapper around the windows API functions to time more exact than the
normal timer. I had to do this because the resolution of the standard timer is
not high enough to scan barcodes exactly. This is probably the most
ugly part in my program. If you start the timer, it uses a high amount of
processor power, despite the fact that it does actually nothing... If you can
help me improve this class i would appreciate it.
In the download file you'll find all the classes mentioned above and a small
program (see the screenshot) to test them.
Note: In the
frmMain there is a
Paint event of the picturebox to redraw the
barcode. It works, but uses much CPU time...
- 04-06-23: v0.9.1635 - first posted version