NI Releases Preview of Native Measurement Components for Visual Studio .NET

11/13/2002 - National Instruments announced the Measurement Studio Technology Preview Program, a public beta program in which engineers can evaluate the latest tools for easily integrating acquisition, analysis, and visualization functions into measurement and control applications created in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

"As part of our commitment to delivering software and hardware that help engineers leverage commercial technologies, NI has supplied measurement and control components to speed development for Visual Studio users for more than eight years," said Shelley Erickson, NI Measurement Studio product manager. "The next generation of these tools help engineers take advantage of the entire .NET framework while further simplifying measurement application development and maintaining flexibility."

The Measurement Studio preview software is native to Visual Studio .NET and yields faster measurement application development in any of the Visual Studio languages. Measurement Studio expands Visual Basic .NET, Visual C# .NET, and Visual C++ .NET capabilities by abstracting low-level programming and I/O configuration, turning these general-purpose programming languages into efficient, measurement-specific tools.

The Measurement Studio Technology Preview software further decreases development time with features that simplify networking and communication. Engineers can use a new code-generation tool, Instrument I/O Assistant, to configure and communicate with their instruments with minimal programming. They also can use a rich, object-oriented instrument connectivity application programming interface (API) to simplify complex communication. Enhancements to the software's networking architecture, NI DataSocket, make sending live measurement data across a network easier than ever.

With the preview software, engineers also can take advantage of increased measurement functions in the advanced Measurement Studio analysis library, and professionally present that analyzed data using a native .NET user interface.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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