Posts Tagged ‘API’

Use Microsoft Office for Your Next Automation Project

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Microsoft Office

Automate with Office

If a software development platform can call a DLL, it can be used to control the Expert I/O 1000. Microsoft Office with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is no exception.

For most people, Office would be the last tool they would consider for PC based automation, but in some cases it might be the best. For example, you could easily log data to an Excel spreadsheet or Access database as you collect it and once it’s in these applications, it’s simple to manipulate, plot and report the data.

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PC Automated Pressure Measurements

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker

One of the vivid memories from my childhood is working in the garden picking vegetables. We lived on a farm and it was common to have a big garden. My mother would can all types of food, such as tomatoes, pickles and green beans. Part of this canning process involved boiling the jars of food in a pressure cooker. The release valve, with its hot hissing steam escaping, always intrigued me.

Canning food in the kitchen is a relatively simple process and easily controlled by the cook, but there are many other applications where it makes sense to automate the process. (more…)

Between Mac and PC: The Expert I/O API

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Mac vs PC

Mac vs PC

PC based automation doesn’t need to be difficult. Some application user interfaces are terribly complicated and take forever to learn. Often, even the simple interfaces prove difficult because they make some features impossible to use so that other features are simple.

I see this all the time in products. The Mac vs PC battle (which is really Apple vs Microsoft) is a perfect example. (more…)


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