LabVIEW Style Book, The
- By Peter A. Blume
- Published Feb 27, 2007 by Prentice Hall. Part of the National Instruments Virtual Instrumentation Series series.
- Copyright 2007
- Dimensions: 8x10
- Pages: 400
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-145835-3
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-145835-2
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Product Author Bios
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 www.bloomy.com.
Readers who want to contact Blume regarding style-related suggestions, questions, or comments may do so at the following email address: email@example.com . Readers interested in contracting Bloomy Controls for a LabVIEW development project should call us directly or contact us through our website at www.bloomy.com/quote.
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.
- 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
Because this book is printed in black and white, you cannot see the full effect of the color examples. So that you can see a representation of the color schemes used by the author, we have placed color versions of some of the example figures here for download. (Images Copyright © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Visit the author's web site at www.bloomy.com/lvstyle/.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Good - needs editing,
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This review is from: The LabVIEW Style Book (Hardcover)I get the feeling the other reviews are written by the author and his friends. Some are just a little too glowing.
This book is good but, needs editing because it is very long winded; using twice as many words than necessary to get the point across (the author is always stressing efficiency). Many of the "rules" are subjective and should be called suggestions. For example, the author has a rule disabling "Show dots at wire junctions". I like the dots. The VI's are not included with the book. Some are available from the authors company site but, only after registration.
I recommend the book but, be prepared to spend the time required for reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
WARNING: NOT IN COLOR,
This review is from: The LabVIEW Style Book (Hardcover)The "Look Inside" feature that allows you to preview the book is deceptive. It shows color illustrations. The book is black and white. This was obviously done to sell more books. Since LabVIEW conveys so much information in a block diagram through the use of color, much information will be LOST trying to decipher colors, which indicate data types. "Have phun!" as they say. This was a very poor decision on the part of the author. Was the motivation to save publishing costs and increase profits? What about the motivation to educate readers? Whatever. Sorry, I don't have time to correlate after-the-fact color PDFs of figures from the book, even if they are provided free with the book purchase. The book should have been printed in color. Especially at this price. Duh. Want a good review? Do things right, and you'll earn one. Good thing I found this out before purchase...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from: The LabVIEW Style Book (Hardcover)I read the first couple chapters and was impressed with the quality of information. I then gave it to a programmer I am supervising for a project. I had him read it and told him to adhere to the standards of the book. After a couple weeks the code he is turning out is much improved. The flow is better, the code is documented and there is actual error control being used. It will be much easier to maintain the project as time goes on. The point of the book is to write better labview diagrams so I think it works quite well in that regards.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Darren Nattinger xv
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
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