Practical Laboratory Automation: Made Easy with AutoIt

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 20, 2016 - Science - 248 pages
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By closing the gap between general programming books and those on laboratory automation, this timely book makes accessible to every laboratory technician or scientist what has traditionally been restricted to highly specialized professionals. Following the idea of "learning by doing", the book provides an introduction to scripting using AutoIt, with many workable examples based on real-world scenarios.
A large portion of the book tackles the traditionally hard problem of instrument synchronization, including remote, web-based synchronization. Automated result processing, database operation, and creation of graphical user interfaces are also examined.
Readers of this book can immediately profit from the new knowledge in terms of both increased efficiency and reduced costs in laboratory operation. Above all, laboratory technicians and scientists will learn that they are free to choose whatever equipment they desire when configuring an automated analytical setup, regardless of manufacturers suggested specifications.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The Very Basics of AutoIt
13
Chapter 3 Timed Scripts
21
Chapter 4 Interactive Scripting
35
Chapter 5 Scripting with Controls
49
Chapter 6 Email and Phone Alarms
61
Chapter 7 Using LowCost Equipment for Laboratory Automation
71
Chapter 8 Arrays and Strings
79
Chapter 15 Remote Synchronization Using Windows LAN Tools
135
Chapter 16 Remote Synchronization Using ThirdParty LAN Software
143
Chapter 17 Interacting with Devices via COM Ports
149
Chapter 18 Introduction to Graphical User Interface GUI
159
Chapter 19 Using GUI to Control Instruments
167
Chapter 20 Multitasking GUIs
177
Chapter 21 Adding Graphical Elements to a GUI
183
Chapter 22 Creating GUIs Using Koda
191

Chapter 9 Data Processing with Spreadsheets
83
Chapter 10 Working with Databases
95
Chapter 11 Simple Remote Synchronization
107
Chapter 12 Remote Synchronization Using Remote Control Software
111
Chapter 13 TextBased Remote Synchronization
117
Chapter 14 Remote Synchronization Using IRC
125
Chapter 23 Some Suggestions
197
Appendix A Other SciTE Features
201
Appendix B Optical Character Recognition
207
Appendix C Scripting with Nonstandard Controls UIA
211
EULA
227
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Matheus Carvalho de Carvalho, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at Southern Cross University, Australia. His diverse research interests include employing stable isotopes to investigate algal photosynthesis and respiration, and developing customized and low-cost automated analytical approaches. He is member of the editorial board of the journal HardwareX, and a member of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.

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