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Page 1 Version 1.09 UNIT 3 LabVIEW Programming: Introduction to LabVIEW- a graphical programming language. Your Name Date of Submission CHEMISTRY 6158C Department of Chemistry University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611 (Note: Much of the material in this handout was rewritten/updated in 2001 by graduate student Andrew K. Ottens.)
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Page 2 Version 1.09 Introduction LabVIEW, a product from National Instruments, provides a facile way to program instrumentation and data acquisition systems. LabVIEW provides the flexibility and performance akin to textual programming languages (such as C, C++, or Fortran) without the associated difficulty and complexity. This is because LabVIEW uses G, an inherently more intuitive graphical programming language. This unit will introduce LabVIEW and the G programming language on which it is based. Although it provides only a cursory look, this unit will provide an understanding of how LabVIEW is used, and why it is widely chosen as one of the top languages for interfacing between computers and experiments. Although LabVIEW is easy to work with, time needs to be taken to learn the basics. A group of activities will help you learn the fundamentals of programming with G. During this unit, you will walk through these activities and answer associated questions. Each of the selected exercises will bring up a new topic that is important for programming in LabVIEW. In addition to the activities, you can link to LabVIEW Help for additional information. Just click on Help, then Search the LabVIEW Help, and look for the appropriate LabVIEW topic. Note: one of the latest versions of LabVIEW (8.6) is installed on all computers, and should be used for programming activities Starting Activities - To begin, click the LabVIEW_8.6 icon on the desktop. Figure 1 shows the LabVIEW introduction dialog box. Click on “Blank VI” to begin a new program, or one of the selections under “Open” to open one on which you have worked previously. For now click Blank VI, which opens a set of windows shown in figure 2.
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