StarXpand SDK for React Native
is an industry-first software development kit (SDK) for controlling Star peripherals from cross-platform applications targeting iOS, Android, & Windows. The StarXpand SDK will help shorten the development time and maintenance costs associated with printer connection, and will be published on GitHub, a website where developers around the world publish and share program codes.
In the past, mobile POS applications had been developed exclusively for each operating system (OS), such as iOS and Android. However, in recent years cross-platform development – which allows more of the programs of an application to be developed with one code for multiple OS – is attracting attention. Cross-platform development is expected to become essential to application development in the future.
StarXpand SDK for React Native uses a new StarIO10 framework with multiple advantages, including asynchronous communication, an emulation-free design, human-readable command creation, faster printer search, and a logging function between the OS and printer.
StarIO10 features asynchronous communication, allowing print jobs to happen in parallel, meaning developers do not need to write an asynchronous process. This can reduce implementation costs, reduce the possibility of bugs, and improve code readability.
Because StarIO10 is emulation-free, one StarXpand document will work with any Star printer, meaning there is no need to make any changes even if a printer is changed.
HUMAN-READABLE COMMAND CREATION
With human-readable command creation, StarIO10 allows users to create commands with a command builder. Next, human-readable intermediate commands and raw binary commands are generated, respectively. This process makes it easy to understand what data a printer receives, helps problem-solve, and means commands are reusable as a print format without emulation dependencies.
FASTER PRINTER SEARCH
Faster than ever, StarIO10 allows users to discover all devices in under a second (10 to 300 milliseconds). This feature dramatically improves search speed, especially for LAN printers.
LOG COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN OS AND PRINTER
StarIO10 features log communications between the OS and the printer, which is designed to be used for debugging. This log feature can shorten analysis time when an issue arises in the field, avoiding prolonged downtime and thus saving businesses valuable time and money.
PART OF THE STAR MICRONICS TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO
StarXpand SDK is just one of the many technologies offered by Star Micronics. Other solutions include CloudPRNT, which enables users to print to Star Micronics printers directly through a cloud service, and SteadyLAN, which provides wired Ethernet service to devices connected to a networked printer via the Lightning or USB-C® cable.
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