Preface; The PC; PC expansion systems; Using the command line interface; Programming; Assembly language programming; BASIC and Visual BASIC programming; C and C++ programming; The IEEE-488 bus; Interfacing; PC instruments; Software packages; Applications; Reliability and fault-finding; Appendix A Glossary of terms; Appendix B SI units; Appendix C Multiples and sub-multiples; Appendix D Decimal, hexadecimal, binary and ASCII table; Appendix E Powers of 2; Appendix F Processor sockets; Appendix G Processor data; Appendix H Common file extensions; Appendix I BIOS error codes; Appendix J Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors; Appendix K Useful websites; Appendix L Bibliography; Appendix M Reference material available from the Web; Index
* Save money and increase efficiency with an instrumentation and control strategy using a standard PC * Ideal for educational courses in control engineering and instrumentation create simple but realistic PC-based simulations * A companion website provides downloadable executables, source code, links to manufacturers and suppliers, and additional reference material
Mike Tooley is a technical author and consultant. He was formerly Vice Principal at Brooklands College in Surrey, England, where he was responsible for the delivery of learning to over 10,000 Further and Higher Education students increasingly by flexible, open and on-line distance learning. Mike is the well-known author of several popular engineering and related text books, including widely adopted course texts for BTEC, GCE A-level and GCSE qualifications in Engineering. Mike's hobbies include astronomy, amateur radio, aviation, computing and electronic circuit design and construction.
"Mike Tooley's book is a good practical introduction on how to use a computer to control and monitor external transducers and sensors. The content of the book fully justifies the author's claim that it provides sufficient information to make an informed decision on which hardware and software is needed to implement a range of instrumentation and control systems." -- Mike Button, Media Electronics World, March 2006