I've been recently involved in a number of projects that require information from the Window Mobile GPS Intermediate Driver. The usage pattern is quite similar in all cases as the application needs to update a window based on the GPS information stream. There are two possible approaches for this: you can use a window timer and poll the GPSID or you can create a worker thread that waits on the GPS stream to wake up and notify the window through a PostMessage call.
The CGps class (download here) is very simple to use. On your window class just declare a member variable of type CGps, like this:
To start receiving GPS data, just call
where WM_GPS is a user-defined window message. You can use something like:
#define WM_GPS (WM_USER + 0x654)
Now you need to handle the WM_GPS message in your code (this will be somewhat different if you are using straight API, MFC or WTL). Note that when handling the message, both wParam and lParam are zero - the message works as a simple notification mechanism to let the window class or procedure know that the GPS updated its data. You read the GPS information quite simply:
To stop the GPS events you can either call Stop() or let the destructor do that for you when the object goes out of scope and is destroyed.
When implementing this class, I had to work around the now-known GPSID API bug. On some devices, the GPSGetPosition API uses a different size for the GPS_POSITION structure (something that has been explained by John Spaith here). The workaround is simple: just feed the thing with a fake buffer and cast it back to a GPS_POSITION. If you look at the implementation, you will see all this trickery at work. But don't worry - it does work!
3 weeks ago