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Advanced Application Development with LabVIEW

LabVIEW is used to build some of the largest and most complex applications in the world. Graphical dataflow, or G, is a complete programming language, requiring the same software engineering practices and disciplines as traditional text-based approaches. This site is dedicated to providing best practices for the application of software engineering tools and principles when developing in G in order to ensure quality and reliability.

Software Engineering Best Practices

View extensive documentation that provides procedural guidelines and recommendations across all development phases for large software applications written with LabVIEW. Topics Include:

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Additional Resources

2011 Developer Days Presentations - Download presentations and demos from the most recent Developer Days conference to learn about software development best practices and techniques.

NI Style Guidelines - View the NI recommended guidelines for maintaining consistent style and quality in your LabVIEW code. You can customize these checklists to fit the specifications of your application.

RIO Developers Guide - the National Instruments CompactRIO Developers Guide provides an overview of recommended architectures and development practices when programming NI CompactRIO controllers.

Applying Text-Based Object Oriented Design Patterns to LabVIEW - See detailed examples of ten well-known design patterns from the CS community and how they can best be implemented in LabVIEW.

"Through the use of advanced software architecture and NI hardware, G Systems was able to provide Lockheed Martin Aeronautics with a highly-configurable, expandable system to meet current and future requirements of the F-35 VSIF."

- Michael Fortenberry - G Systems, Inc.

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Case Studies and User Solutions

CERN - Spanning more than 27 km, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN) is one of the largest and most complex machines on earth. To redirect any potentially dangerous stray particles, CERN selected LabVIEW and PXI from NI to control the motion inside 108 collimators with an accuracy of 20 microns. The final system uses more than 100 PXI systems, which are synchronized within 1 ms of each other.

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Ventura Aerospace - Ventura developed an intelligent fire monitoring and suppression control system for FedEx Express using NI LabVIEW software and NI Single-Board RIO hardware to prevent catastrophic fires within freight aircraft and keep pilots, packages, and planes safe from fires that may start in the shipping containers.

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Medical Devices

NI hardware and software is being used to develop, prototype and test a wide variety of complex medical devices.

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Physics Research

From CERN to Lawrence Livermore, top research institutions across the world depend upon solutions built with LabVIEW for cutting-edge scientific applications.

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Military and Aerospace

As a leading provider of solutions for defense and aerospace applications, NI products are used for applications ranging from HIL, robotics and RF applicaitons

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Training and Certification

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NI Software Products

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