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Visual Basic Does Lego (R)

Griss, Martin L.; Kessler, Robert R.



Abstract: We have been investigating Microsoft's Visual Basic (R) and how to use it to develop software for the control of instruments. We have taken the approach of defining a graphical programming environment, similar to that provided by HP's Visual Engineering Environment system, yet with the openness and flexibility provided by a full featured language such as Visual Basic. We have attempted to apply our concepts of component software, software reuse and kits to construct such an environment. This paper describes our experiment. We also discuss the unique instruments we have chosen to demonstrate the system: computer-controlled Legos (R).

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