Sunday, August 13, 2006

Object-Oriented LabVIEW

Back in 1998, when I was on the road presenting the new features of LabVIEW 5.0 to customers, a gentleman asked me if there were any plans to make LabVIEW object-oriented. I asked him what aspects of OO he was looking for, and he smiled and admitted he didn't know. But it was something that other programming languages had.

Now it's 2006, and with the release of LabVIEW 8.2, we have object-oriented programming in LabVIEW. But from my conversations at NIWeek, it seems to me that many people don't really know what that means, or how they can benefit from it.

So I'd like to take a little time to discuss LabVIEW Object-Oriented Programming (LabVOOP) from my perspective: the point of view of someone who has spent years using LabVIEW and is familiar with object-oriented concepts, but had not tried to use the third-party OO tools that were available in the past.

Over the next few weeks, I'll explain various aspects of the OO features of LabVIEW 8.2. I'll try to post in "bite-size" chunks so you can all journey along with me from the ground floor up.

I'll warn you at the start that OO is not some kind of magic cure that will fix all your problems. I view it as another tool in your VI development toolbox. But I eagerly anticipate seeing what people will build with it.


Blogger ~,~ NJKirchner said...

Let's hear it for LV R&D!! Thanks Christina for following up w/ the good suggestion for creating this forum.

12:41 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Patrick Allen said...

I'm always interested in learning anything I can about LabView!

I'll be reading.

3:38 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Yen said...

Congratulations on the new home. It's always good to hear from R&D and your contributions on the various communities do not go unnoticed. I guess now I have one more source of info I'll need to keep track of. Maybe it is time to start working with RSS ;)

2:56 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Mo said...

Nice to see that people are using blogs to communicate with other technical people and share their ideas/knowledge!

I will be reading this NI R&D blog!

4:13 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH,Perfect sharing the experience to us,especially the LV learners.And we frome other countries will learn much more from u blog.
Just keep going ahead,I will come and concern it.Thanks
Best Regards
Virtual X.Q

9:19 PM, September 15, 2006  

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