Chapter 14. Communication with External Systems

Over the years we've had to develop a number of interfaces between LabWizard and external applications. Mostly, these have been data channels between our software and laboratory information systems or analytical instruments, and these are too specific for discussion here. However, we have also used email as a communication device, spreadsheets for data mining, and PDF as a report format. As a result we have come up with some techniques for testing these aspects of our software.

In this chapter, we will discuss two different techniques for testing that our use of email is bug-free. We will then turn to Excel spreadsheets and PDF documents. After this, we look at some of the problems that can occur ...

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