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Class

Serial

Name

readBytes()

Examples
// Example by Tom Igoe

import processing.serial.*;

Serial myPort;  // The serial port

void setup() {
  // List all the available serial ports
  printArray(Serial.list());
  // Open the port you are using at the rate you want:
  myPort = new Serial(this, Serial.list()[0], 9600);
}

void draw() {
  // Expand array size to the number of bytes you expect
  byte[] inBuffer = new byte[7];
  while (myPort.available() > 0) {
    inBuffer = myPort.readBytes();
    myPort.readBytes(inBuffer);
    if (inBuffer != null) {
      String myString = new String(inBuffer);
      println(myString);
    }
  }
}

Description Reads a group of bytes from the buffer or null if there are none available. The version with no parameters returns a byte array of all data in the buffer. This is not efficient, but is easy to use. The version with the byteBuffer parameter is more memory and time efficient. It grabs the data in the buffer and puts it into the byte array passed in and returns an int value for the number of bytes read. If more bytes are available than can fit into the byteBuffer, only those that fit are read.
Syntax
serial.readBytes()
serial.readBytes(max)
serial.readBytes(dest)
Parameters
serial Serial: any variable of type Serial
max int: the maximum number of bytes to read
Returnsbyte[] or int
Updated on February 11, 2019 02:10:34pm EST

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