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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This a comprehensive handbook for Interfacing Instrumentation With Computers and Programming of Data Acquisition, Analysis and Display. This extensive introduction and cookbook approach will be invaluable to a number of audiences, including: 1. Laboratory Scientists for whom the computer is a tool to perform their research in domains ranging from psychophysiology to high-energy physics, 2. Control System and Process Plant Engineers who need to interface, control and data log from a variety of equipment in a reliable manner, 3. Embedded System Engineers and Designers who need an understanding of interfacing to a variety of equipment and developing application programs for data analysis and control, and 4. Hobbyists and Makers who may have experimented with Arduino and simple Open Source hardware who now need to make computers work in a real application (or who may wish to interface a conventional PC to other hardware).

This book develops the background for Interfacing and Programming Computers in all Real-Time Applications. It does much more than it claims in being a programming manual for Python in Instrumentation Applications. The background needed to understood what Instrumentation is and how it is used in a variety of applications is provided; this handbook also goes into the essential Electronics for all sorts of computer and instrumentation interfaces; a self-sufficient Python Programming tutorial is provided, the Tools and Methods of hardware interfacing and testing is given; all of these topics are well covered in sufficient detail for the novice in addition to the extensive tutorial on Programming Data Acquisition, Analysis, Logging and Graphical Display promised in the title.

I would have welcomed a similar book on interfacing and programming minicomputers and early microprocessor systems to laboratory systems in my university days, and with the current proliferation of real-time embedded applications, hobbyists and makers and inexpensive data-acquisition hardware the value of this handbook is multiplied many-fold.

Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
IT & HCI Consultant and Researcher
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
I don't know if my expectations were misplaced having read books like Programming Interactivity: A Designer's Guide to Processing, Arduino, and Openframeworks or Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects. But I expected a more complete coverage for the price.

First, I'm not a programmer but for multiple jobs I've written Python scripts to interpret, store, and retrieve data from serial interfaces. And I don't feel like I walked away from this book with much more than I came in with. The citations were valuable, the treatments of control systems and communications protocols were welcome, but every topic seemed to stop short of real meat and defer to sources or say 'this will be covered in a the manual with your device driver'. In this day and age, a chapter on communications protocols that doesn't at least mention TCP/IP is woefully incomplete.

With the plethora of 'Cool things to do with a microcontroller' books I expected to see something similar coming from a book that used Python and implied PC control. The former tend to treat the PC merely as a vehicle for putting code on the MCU and use languages that are 'less intuitive'. This is where I expected this title to differentiate itself. It didn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
This book focuses on high level concepts in implementing instrumentation and control projects. The target audiences are engineers and students with basic knowledge in electronics who want to work on embedded projects but lack the basic knowledge. With the information, they can find out more information from other books or the internet. This is not a cookbook on how to implement such projects. Doing so will make the book specific to products such as Raspberry pi or Beaglebone. Sample python code just to illustrate the concepts rather than giving cookbook solution. Readers looking for cookbook solution may be disappointed.

If the book could use the materials in the book to produce a sample working prototype, it work be perfect. Engineers learn from experiences and innovate through understanding and imagination.
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on January 19, 2013
I like that book and I am I recommend it to any one who would like to start programming in python . Many thanks to the autor!
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on December 7, 2013
Nice pack of Control Systems, Data Acquisition, and Test! Price is good and book was well written. Thanks for a good work!
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on April 28, 2015
Good but with good writing and a nice coverage of technical areas. I would recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
I am attracted to the book by the contemporary title. However, after about half hour scanning the book, I am amazed how the author could kill so many trees by producing so little useful content. The author did a lot of spinning around general stuffs such as electronics, control theory, and some off the wall converters, and then stop. The book would have been useful before the invention of the internet and microcontrollers. Most serious electronics hackers will find this book practically useless.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
Good book, as usual for the O'Reilly series it's worth the price. Lots of material on general instrumentation, and less on python, so don't buy this expecting to learn python ab initio. Has been very useful around the lab for the students and I'd recommend it as a nice primer or refresher for your lab's general knowledge shelf.
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