News and announcements
A lot of things have changed and improved with the recent merge of the dev-phdc branch into trunk. Triggered by the wish to support the Sony RC-S380 certified reader and have tag emulation to fully implement NFC Forum PHDC (which is the Personal Health Device Communication specification), this work had the side effect of some general cleanup and improvements. Below is a list of things that have changed along from the new PHDC implementation.
- The driver API needed to change in order to support tag emulation, as possible now with the RC-S380 reader.
- The main application interface is now consolidated into the single method ContactlessFron
- Applications interface with connect through a set of callbacks, rather than combining different calls as before.
- All example programs are now based on the same command line interface code in cli.py and share the common options.
- The code in cli.py implements a common test framework so applications can concentrate on the test implementation.
- Much of the exception handling up and down the stack is improved and shows more robustness.
- A lot of unittests have been added as well as an NFC Forum DTA for the P2P tests (though still a bit left do)
- The ipsim driver used during the early days of LLCP implementation is replaced by a cleaner and better udp driver.
- Support for libusb-1.0 and pyusb-1.0 finally made it into nfcpy, which can now work with either the old or new version.
As popularized by Google some (late) spring cleaning has also happened:
- Implementation of the Google NDEF Push Protocol (NPP) is gone. Android supports NFC Forum SNEP and it's time to move on.
- The example code for D-Bus integration is gone. There is now official NFC support in Linux and that'll do the job better.
I'm afraid that all existing code built on nfcpy will initially be broken. However it will be fairly easy to adapt to
the new API and mostly be a matter of removing code that has become unnecessary, like running the poll-listen cycle.
Althoug still not complete, the documentation has seen quite a few improvements and especially the "getting started"
tutorial should help the transition.
Updated on 2012-10-12.
The new handover-
The new examples/
Finally found some time to implement the NFC Forum Type 1 and Type 4 Tag Operation specifications (initial code for type 1 tag reading contributed by Alexander, many thanks ). A limitation on Type 1 Tag read/write is that only the static memory model is supported but in reality there seem to be no Type 1 Tags that have more than 120 bytes memory, so this seems to be only a theoretical limitation for now.