The Virtual Instrument Revolution
Empowering the end-user is the primary focus of most software developers, whether in the general computing industry or in automotive instrumentation applications. End-users' expectations for both ease of use and flexibility in software products are high. Products in the general computing industry, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, have set standards for what a user expects from a software product. Because of the complex nature of most analytical instrumentation applications, it is difficult to deliver a software product for these applications that is both easy to use and flexible for many applications. And, if the product does exist, it usually comes with a relatively high price tag. There are, however, some lower cost software development tools available for instrumentation applications that combine a good mix of flexibility and ease of use. These tools require some development on the part of the end-user, but they do not require a computer science background.