For today’s Throwback we look back upon an archived post detailing one individual’s journey via video games into the world of graphical programming…much like LabVIEW!
NI LabVIEW is a graphical programming platform used by millions of engineers and scientists for problem solving, data acquisition & analysis, instrument control, automated testing & validation, prototyping, and more. Now, there’s LabVIEW Home, a brand new product for Digilent, which has been targeted at makers and students, allowing anyone to program visually, using icons and wires to connect hardware and other applications in a single environment.
If you’ve been keeping up with Digilent over that last couple of years, you may have heard about our merger with National Instruments. We’ve collaborated to create new products, and we’ve expanded our capabilities to work with more of NI’s products. One of those products is Multisim, a full-function testing and simulation environment for analog, digital, and power electronics designs.
A couple of weeks ago, Davis wrote about LabVIEW, LabVIEW Hacker, and his experiences with both. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a half-day session with Sam Kristoff, founder of LabVIEW Hacker on November 5 from 2-6 p.m. PST. No prior experience is necessary, and software will be provided. There will be chipKIT hardware on loan, and we’ll learn the basics of LabVIEW.
So what exactly is LabVIEW? LabVIEW is National Instruments’ program development environment. The name is short for “laboratory virtual instrument engineering workbench”. NI created LabVIEW to enable domain experts to focus on building systems by abstracting the hardware and software. For example, their hardware and software allows a chemist to focus on chemistry and not get bogged down with analog signal conditioning for thermal couples or advanced programming techniques.
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