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LabVIEW for Everyone: Graphical Programming Made Easy and Fun, Third Edition by Jim Kring, Jeffrey Travis

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Chapter 2. Virtual Instrumentation: Hooking Your Computer Up to the Real World

Overview

Virtual instrumentation is the foundation for the modern laboratory. A virtual instrument consists of a computer, software, and modular hardware; all combined and configured to emulate the function of traditional hardware instrumentation. It’s also what we call a LabVIEW program. Because their functionality is software-defined by the user, virtual instruments are extremely flexible, powerful, and cost-effective. This chapter explains how to communicate with the outside world (e.g., take measurements, “talk” to an instrument, send data to another computer) using LabVIEW. We’re only giving you a very brief overview here; you can learn more about acquiring data, ...

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