Smalltalk has been a uniquely ideal programming language for the development of an application used within IBM R&D labs for designing and characterizing semiconductor test structures. DMACS (Design Manager And Characterization System) is an enterprise database application and a Test and Measurement controller which collects data from test systems. This presentation will provide an overview of why Smalltalk is ideal for the Test Systems/Fabrication Automation industry and provide a comparison with other languages and applications, including Visual Basic, Java, C, Matlab, LabView, and IC-CAP. Mark will identify improvements and additions to Smalltalk which would be made in the future to further enrich this wonderful engineering environment. These include engineering charting tools, native Virtual Instrument Software Architecture (VISA), light-weight scripting (not headless--keep the head, lose the body!), Matlab data format support, and more/better graphic image, video, and sound support.
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