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The Labview Style Book

ISBN: 9780131458352 | 0131458353
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pub. Date: 2/27/2007

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&> Drawing on the experiences of a world-class LabVIEW development organization,The LabVIEW Style Bookis 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 whatnotto doandwhy not. 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 NIrs"s Certified LabVIEW Developer or Certified LabVIEW Architect exams, which contain significant content on development style. Foreword by Darren Nattinger Preface Acknowledgments 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

Peter Blume is the founder and president of Bloomy Controls, Inc., a National Instruments Select Integration Partner that specializes in LabVIEW-based systems development. Since LabVIEW Version 2.5, Blume and his staff of engineers have solved more than a thousand industrial applications for customers throughout the northeastern United States. To promote consistent quality among multiple developers in multiple offices, Blume established and evolved the company’s LabVIEW development practices.


Blume has written and presented multiple LabVIEW style-related presentations, including Bloomy Controls’ Professional LabVIEW Development Guidelines at NIWeek 2002 and Five Techniques for Better LabVIEW Code at NIWeek 2003. He also has published technical articles in various trade publications, including Test & Measurement World, Evaluation Engineering, Electronic Design, and Desktop Engineering.


Blume holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is a National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified Professional Instructor. The company has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. For more information, visit

Readers who want to contact Blume regarding style-related suggestions, questions, or comments may do so at the following email address: . Readers interested in contracting Bloomy Controls for a LabVIEW development project should call us directly or contact us through our website at


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