Hi. I havent been doing this microcontroller stuff long, but i have set myself an ambitious challenge of making a program for my mums company. She has one very old computer that has a piece of software on it that manages orders, it was written for her in about '92.... then on any normal computer, details of the orders then get processed into an invoice etc from a user. The system is ridiculous but shes been using it so lon she cant be bothered to change it, any way...
I want to make a decice that connects to each computers inputs (usb/serial etc) and when the details have been output by the old computer, it finds them, takes a copy and outputs to a text file on the other computer.
Now all the computer stuff, saving data to a text file i can handle, but firstly, i dont know if anyone knows about api's but i read about them so you can control applications from code, so you can click buttons etc from code but that is how i have been told to grab the data.
Is my orangutan up to this, can i put all the code on there and when pluged in can do everything from it or do i need applications on each computer, and then the arangutan just stors the data.
Has anyone done anythin similar so i may be able to see an example?