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    May 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I just want to first state that this course was either ECT114 or ECT109 -- it is the course that deals with National Instrument's LabVIEW. I was initially very skeptical about this course. I was trying to envision how a graphics-based programming language would work, realizing that most programming languages are text-based. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality of the course itself as well as the programming language. At the outset of the course, we were informed that LabVIEW is actually used on the Mars Rover; this allayed some of my skepticism right away. And from there, I never looked back.

    Course highlights:

    The final project of this course required that we build our own etch-a-sketch. This mostly entailed writing the software code and uploading it directly to the circuit board(s). If I remember correctly, there was a degree of hardware assembly as well. The class obviously focused on teaching us how to use the LabVIEW programming language. I can remember how clean and concise some of the functions were such as For Loops, While Loops, Case Structures, and so forth. The idea that all of these basic language functions are now visible as graphics--as opposed to lines of text--was really exciting. It gave a whole new life to the idea of being a software engineer. In the end, it seemed to be the opposite of everything that I thought it would be. I thought that it would basically be a sort of programming language for dummies -- a programming language with training wheels, if you will. It was in fact faster and more efficient and cleaner than anything that I had ever seen before. I can imagine that the people who work with this for a living are very happy with their employment.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that they take the course. But, I would probably advise them to have at least some degree of prior skill in text-based programming. I do not recall how much time I spent on the course per week.

    • Spring 2012
    • Setliff
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
    • Profile picture
    May 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I just want to first state that this course was either ECT114 or ECT109 -- it is the course that deals with National Instrument's LabVIEW. I was initially very skeptical about this course. I was trying to envision how a graphics-based programming language would work, realizing that most programming languages are text-based. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality of this programming language, though. At the outset of the course, we were informed that LabVIEW is actually used on the Mars Rover; this allayed some of my skepticism right off the bat.

    Course highlights:

    The final project of this course required that we build our own etch-a-sketch. This mostly entailed writing the software code and uploading it directly to the circuit board(s). If I remember correctly, there was a degree of hardware assembly as well. The class obviously focused on teaching us how to use the LabVIEW programming language. I can remember how concise some of the functions were such as For Loops, While Loops, Case Structures, and so forth. The idea that all of these basic language functions are now visible as graphics--as opposed to lines of text--was really exciting. It gave a whole new life to the idea of being a software coder. In the end, it seemed to be the opposite of everything that I thought it would be. I thought that it would basically be a sort of programming language for dummies -- a programming language with training wheels, if you will. It was in fact faster and more efficient and cleaner than anything that I had ever seen before. I can imagine that the people who work with this for a living are very happy with their employment.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that they take the course. But, I would probably advise them to have at least some degree of prior skill in text-based programming. I do not recall how much time I spent on the course per week.

    • Spring 2012
    • Setliff
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
    • Profile picture
    May 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I just want to first state that this course was either ECT114 or ECT109 -- it is the course that deals with National Instrument's LabVIEW. I was initially very skeptical about this course. I was trying to envision how a graphics-based programming language would work, realizing that most programming languages are text-based. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the quality of this programming language, though. At the outset of the course, we were informed that LabVIEW is actually used on the Mars Rover; this allayed some of my skepticism right off the bat.

    Course highlights:

    The final project of this course required that we build our own etch-a-sketch. This mostly entailed writing the software code and uploading it directly to the circuit board(s). If I remember correctly, there was a degree of hardware assembly as well. The class obviously focused on teaching us how to use the LabVIEW programming language. I can remember how concise some of the functions were such as For Loops, While Loops, Case Structures, and so forth. The idea that all of these basic language functions are now visible as graphics--as opposed to lines of text--was really exciting. It gave a whole new life to the idea of being a software coder. In the end, it seemed to be the opposite of everything that I thought it would be. I thought that it would basically be a sort of programming language for dummies -- a programming language with training wheels, if you will. It was in fact faster and more efficient and cleaner than anything that I had ever seen before. I can imagine that the people who work with this for a living are very happy with their employment.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that they take the course. But, I would probably advise them to have at least some degree of prior skill in text-based programming. I do not recall how much time I spent on the course per week.

    • Spring 2012
    • Setliff
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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