The LabVIEW Style Book / Edition 1

The LabVIEW Style Book / Edition 1

by Peter A. Blume
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The LabVIEW Style Book / Edition 1

Drawing on the experiences of a world-class LabVIEW development organization, The LabVIEW Style Book is the definitive guide to best practices in LabVIEW development.

Leading LabVIEW development manager Peter A. Blume presents practical guidelines or “rules” for optimizing every facet of your applications: ease of use, efficiency, readability, simplicity, performance, maintainability, and robustness. Blume explains each style rule thoroughly, presenting realistic examples and illustrations. He even presents “nonconforming” examples that show what not to do—and why not. While the illustrations in the print book are in black and white, you can download full-color versions from the publisher web site for free.

Coverage includes

  • Significance of style: How good style improves quality and actually saves time over the full project life cycle
  • Before you code: Configuring your LabVIEW environment, and organizing your files on disk and in the LabVIEW project
  • LabVIEW project specifications: A specialized standard for specifying LabVIEW application requirements
  • Efficient VI layout and development: front panel, block diagram, icons, and connectors
  • Data structures: Choosing data types, efficient use of arrays and clusters, and special considerations with nested data structures
  • Error handling strategies: Trapping and reporting errors for robust and reliable applications
  • Design patterns: Standard VI architectures and application frameworks that promote good style
  • Documentation: Essential rules for source code documentation and streamlining the process
  • Code reviews: Enforcing a style convention using a checklist, the LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit, and peer reviews
  • Appendixes: Convenient glossary and style rules summary

This book will be indispensable to anyone who wants to develop or maintain quality LabVIEW applications: developers, managers, and end users alike. Additionally, it will also be valuable to those preparing for NI’s Certified LabVIEW Developer or Certified LabVIEW Architect exams, which contain significant content on development style.

Foreword by Darren Nattinger



About the Author

Chapter 1 The Significance of Style

Chapter 2 Prepare for Good Style

Chapter 3 Front Panel Style

Chapter 4 Block Diagram

Chapter 5 Icon and Connector

Chapter 6 Data Structures

Chapter 7 Error Handling

Chapter 8 Design Patterns

Chapter 9 Documentation

Chapter 10 Code Reviews

Appendix A Glossary

Appendix B Style Rules Summary


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131458352
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Series: National Instruments Virtual Instrumentation Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Darren Nattinger xv

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xx

About the Author xxii

Chapter 1 The Significance of Style 1

Chapter 2 Prepare for Good Style 21

Chapter 3 Front Panel Style 47

Chapter 4 Block Diagram 87

Chapter 5 Icon and Connector 129

Chapter 6 Data Structures 157

Chapter 7 Error Handling 203

Chapter 8 Design Patterns 239

Chapter 9 Documentation 299

Chapter 10 Code Reviews 319

Appendix A Glossary 339

Appendix B Style Rules Summary 349

Index 357

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Labview has grown so complex and powerful that the necessity has arisen for a book like this. Inevitable, I suppose. A lot of the recommedations by Blume are applicable to any GUI designer. Like minimising the text in labels. Few users want to or will read large paragraphs or long sentences pasted into labels. These act instead to clutter up the real estate of the display, and often will confuse the new user or irritate the experienced user, who does not need such a laborious elaboration. Another tip is to avoid string controls unless really required. The problem here is that the user then has many ways to enter a badly formatted string. Perhaps it should be a decimal integer. But she sticks a letter in it. In general, you should make the input widgets as robust as possible against faulty user input. Of course, many tips are specific to Labview. Try to have data flowing mostly in one direction in a circuit diagram. And not left to right, right to left, up and down. More generally, whenever you have wires, minimise the number of bends. Makes the overall picture much clearer for a user to grasp. All of which makes this book well worth it for a Labview designer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago