A new connector is born (including new docs)

3/31/2024 | by Bits and Droids

The Rust connector has reached a usable state, so it's time for an update. For the past few weeks, I've been working hard at converting the old C++-based Flightconnector to Rust and React. This journey has made me realize how unmaintainable the old connector was and provided many opportunities to improve what was already there.

New connector interface

If you're adventurous, you can download the latest installer from the downloads page or through Github releases. Keep in mind that not all features have been ported over yet. What's in the current build:

  • Send data to the sim using one or multiple controllers
  • Create output bundles
  • Receive data from the sim
  • Send data over WASM (receiving WASM data is being worked on)
new output menu

The connector uses a built-in updater that notifies you if an update is available when you start the app. Installing the update is as easy as pressing a single button.

new documentation overview

Last but not least, the documentation has also undergone a significant overhaul. It has been moved to Github to make it easier for other people to contribute if they find information that can be improved. It's still a work in progress, but at first glance, the framework used is a significant step forward compared to the old docs.

I've removed all release notes for the old connector to declutter the site since all development efforts will be put into its replacement.

I'm all ears if you encounter any bugs or see an opportunity for improvement!

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