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MattC


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Agilent Programming Examples - Feedback Wanted
Posted: Aug 8, 2011 9:19 AM
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Hi Agilent Power Supply Programmers,

My name is Matt and I am currently an Application Support Engineer at Agilent specializing in our power products. The division that I work for also is responsible for DMMs, Counters, some of our switching products, and function generators. Part of my project this summer is to work on our programming examples. I figured with this forum up and running, I could ask for some feedback directly from out end users. I have a few questions:

1. What programming languages and IO libraries do you tend to use most frequently?
2. What do you look for in a programming example from Agilent?
3. If we did not have the example in your specific programming language, would just straight instrument commands be ok (probably with a bit of psuedocode)?
4. When you are looking for a programming example, how do you prefer to be able to search? Should we have a page that describes the example and then includes the links to the different languages on the bottom? Should we have a page for each specific programming language with each example listed at the bottom?
5. How often do you use drivers vs. just SCPI commands?

Any other feedback that you have would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks! My goal is to make it as easy as possible for programmers to find the information that they need.
kjsimm

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Re: Agilent Programming Examples - Feedback Wanted
Posted: Sep 1, 2011 9:59 AM   in response to: MattC in response to: MattC
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Hi Matt,
I saw this post and thought I would give you some feedback on what I am seeing since noone has replied yet.

1. What programming languages and IO libraries do you tend to use most frequently? VB6, LabVIEW, Matlab, VB.NET
2. What do you look for in a programming example from Agilent? How to open and close an instrument, just a single command or two, and lots of comments. The most important thing is to be able to use the example as the structure for their program.
3. If we did not have the example in your specific programming language, would just straight instrument commands be ok (probably with a bit of psuedocode)? Better than nothing. Maybe how to improve measurement speed and data transfer speed would be very beneficial as just psuedocode.
4. When you are looking for a programming example, how do you prefer to be able to search? Should we have a page that describes the example and then includes the links to the different languages on the bottom? Should we have a page for each specific programming language with each example listed at the bottom? I think organizing it by language seems appropriate..
5. How often do you use drivers vs. just SCPI commands? Most customers are using drivers because they see them listed on the website and think they are needed. It is often a struggle to try to explain that they aren't needed.
Chris_tx

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Re: Agilent Programming Examples - Feedback Wanted
Posted: Sep 2, 2011 5:48 AM   in response to: MattC in response to: MattC
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I agree with KJ. A near perfect example is found in the Help doc after the install of the VXIpnp tools from the Agilent site.

The Title inside the document is this:
Agilent 663x2 Instrument Driver Help Contents Agilent 663x2A Instrument Driver Help

I found it after finding the VXI-PnP download on your site while looking for drivers for my 66332A power supply. After installing the download, the help file is located in the following folder.
C:\VXIpnp\WinNT\HP663X2

The way this help manual is setup, it helps to understand the SCPI commands as well as the commands in the provided modules (VB6).
MattC


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Re: Agilent Programming Examples - Feedback Wanted
Posted: Sep 7, 2011 3:30 PM   in response to: MattC in response to: MattC
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Hi guys,

Thank you very much for your suggestions here! I really appreciate the feedback!

Matt
dBdetlef

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Re: Agilent Programming Examples - Feedback Wanted
Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:18 AM   in response to: MattC in response to: MattC
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1) Agilent VEE for sure ;-) and IOLIB 16.x
2-4 mismo
5) I prefer SCPI over DirectIO commands more than IVI or paneldrivers...

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