Maybe the best way to give a full description is to explain the history of this project.
This instrument driver project is part of of a non open source data acquisition and analysis project, JSeisLab. JSeisLab is a Java port of its predecessor "Spectrum Division for Windows" which is written in VB 6.0.
Related open source projects:
Java API for GPIB devices. Does not support ethernet devices as of this writing (10. Feb. 2013.)
iC: As above.
EPICs / javaIOC: Very complex. Uses XML for instrument drivers. Uses remotetea.
remotetea: Uses VXI which needs installation of a VXI host for some instruments. It is still a good contender for someone who wants to use Java to control instruments.
I created a JNA wrapper around Tektronik's Visa32.dll (JnaVisa32.jar) and tkVISA64.dll (JnaVisa64.jar) version 4.0 using JNAerator code.google.com/p/jnaerator). Instrument drivers written in Java can use this wrapper.
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