[volt-nuts] do you like Labview in your labs?

Marvin E. Gozum marvin.gozum at jefferson.edu
Mon Dec 6 23:57:43 UTC 2010

Thanks for these! I can certainly experiment with it without fear of 
running out of 30 days!

At 10:34 AM 12/4/2010, Chuck Harris wrote:
>You can also use the same openVISA layer with scilab, python, octave, c++, ...
>essentially all other open source languages and packages.  So things are
>pretty nice for GPIB users in open source land... much nicer than in 'doze
>land.  If only because you don't have to ask anyone's permission to make
>changes that make things work better for your needs.
>For those that think python is impossible to use, here is a snippet that
>will read from your keithley voltmeter:
>import visa
>keithley = visa.instrument("GPIB::12")
>print keithley.ask("*IDN?")
>There are many dozens of instruments that have support already in the library,
>and adding additional instruments is pretty trivial.
>Plotting is as simple as using the python graph function.
>Here is another package called pyVlab, which is a python based clone of
>I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would set up their tent
>in NI labview land.
>-Chuck Harris
>Ivan Cousins wrote:
>>Some may not be aware that there is an alternative to the NI VISA layer
>>that is open source
>>(GNU General Public License).
>>I use it with GNU octave as an alternative to Labwindows-Labview.
>>I like open source tools on linux so they can be changed if needed.
>>On the web page it is mentioned:
>>"You might be interested that your vxi11 package can be compiled on
>>I have not tried this.
>>VXI11 Ethernet Protocol for Linux at:
>>John C.
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