In the course of my research, I've spend a good deal of time developing clean, Python interfaces to much of our lab equipment. I also tend to have strong opinions on the One True Way® to solve a problem. This means that I occasionaly end up writing script to run other people's experiment, especially when they don't take all that much time to write.
slow_bend for Liming Zhao, who was a postdoc in our lab
from 2008 to 2010. Liming coated one side of an AFM cantilever with a
film of cellulose and used slow bend.py (version 0.2) to monitor
the cantilever deflection as he flushed in different buffers
(paper). Unfortunately, the paper claims the data aquisition was
carried out in LabView.
slow_bend is not a complicated program; it polls analog input
channels using pycomedi (and optionally reads temperatures using
backends from pypid). The polling continues until
recieves a KeyboardInterrupt.
$ slow_bend.py --version 0.4 $ slow_bend.py 0 3 #time (second) chan 0 (bit) chan 0 (volt) chan 3 (bit) chan 3 (volt) 1.81198e-05 34727 0.598001 39679 2.10925 4.00409 34956 0.667887 38033 1.60693 8.00408 35074 0.703899 36780 1.22454 12.0041 35041 0.693828 35814 0.929732 16.0041 34917 0.655985 35044 0.694743 ^C