4. Is it open to other software and hardware? Does it conform to open standards?Standardization of software relies greatly on the ability of the package to work well with other software, measurement and control hardware, and open standards that define interoperability between multiple vendors. By selecting software that meets these criteria, you ensure that your company and applications can incorporate a wide variety of hardware and software tools to meet your cost and performance needs, thereby maximizing your investments over the long term.
A large number of third-party hardware and software vendors develop and maintain hundreds of LabVIEW libraries and instrument drivers to help you easily make use of their products with LabVIEW. However, this is not the only way to provide connectivity to your LabVIEW-based applications. LabVIEW offers simple ways to incorporate ActiveX software, dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), and shared libraries from other tools. In addition, your LabVIEW code itself can be shared as a DLL, shared library, or via ActiveX.
With LabVIEW, you can easily integrate hardware, such as stand-alone instruments, data acquisition devices, motion control and vision products, PLCs, TEDS, and countless protocols such as GPIB/IEEE 488, serial/RS232, USB, Bluetooth, IEEE 1394, and 802.11 to build a complete measurement and automation system. LabVIEW also incorporates major instrumentation standards such as VISA, an interoperable standard for GPIB, serial, and VXI instrumentation; PXI and software and hardware based on the PXI Specification managed by the PXI Systems Alliance; IVI interchangeable virtual instrument drivers; and VXI plug&play, a driver standard for VXI instruments. La