Wednesday 4 July 2012

Webcasts to help speed the development of all M & C systems

Father of Labview to introduce summer web seminar

Engineers and scientists are invited to join National Instruments UK & Ireland throughout the month of August to explore the world of NI LabVIEW and the graphical system design approach, through the Summer of LabVIEW webcasts.  Beginning with a Keynote presentation from the “Father of LabVIEW” Jeff Kodosky, the series of 16 interactive webcasts will highlight how LabVIEW speeds the development of any measurement or control system. 

Jeff Kodosky
Taking place from 7th to 31st August, every webcast in the series will be broadcast twice each day, at 10am and 2pm, giving participants the opportunity to interact and chat with presenters and fellow attendees.   Webcasts will also be available on demand after the series is complete.  For more details and to register for the webcasts please go to 

Whether attendees are considering using LabVIEW, or experts in its use, there will be sessions to cover the full range of expertise.  With presentations including “Taking Measurements with LabVIEW” and “Tips and Tricks from a LabVIEW Architect” the month long series will provide many valuable time-saving tips and expert programming techniques.  The full programme for the Summer of LabVIEW webcast series is follows:

• Week 1: Explaining the Fundamentals 

Keynote: Why LabVIEW? Presented by Jeff Kodosky, the “Father of LabVIEW”   
Tuesday 7th August: 10am & 2pm. 
Hear about the core principles which have driven LabVIEW development for the past twenty-five years and which will continue to drive the vision for graphical system design. Learn from one of the cofounders of NI about the software and engineering trends to impact our lives in the future. 

What is LabVIEW? 
Wednesday 8th August: 10am & 2pm.
LabVIEW is a comprehensive development environment that contains all the tools engineers and scientists need to design and deploy measurement and control systems. In this webcast, learn the fundamentals of graphical system design and discover how LabVIEW can benefit applications by providing diverse real-world measurements, signal processing and analysis, advanced control and desktop, embedded and industrial deployment. 

Taking Measurements with LabVIEW 
Thursday 9th August: 10am & 2pm. 
Learn how to use LabVIEW graphical system design software to accelerate productivity and create custom applications for data acquisition and instrument control. LabVIEW provides tight integration with hardware, simplifying the process of automating measurement acquisition from a wide variety of sensors and 3rd party instruments over any bus. 

Explore the LabVIEW Ecosystem 
Friday 10th August: 10am & 2pm. 
Find out about a host of useful resources to support system development and the infrastructure that surrounds LabVIEW. 

• Week 2: Summer School for LabVIEW Developers

What's New in LabVIEW 2012
Tuesday 14th August: 10am & 2pm.

In this webcast, learn how LabVIEW 2012 stands firm as the ultimate system design software. With over 25 years success, LabVIEW has enabled engineers worldwide to innovate with confidence. Learn how LabVIEW continues to enhance the integrity and efficiency of system design.

Using LabVIEW Templates to Accelerate and Simplify Software Development
Wednesday 15th August: 10am & 2pm.
LabVIEW 2012 features new templates and sample projects that reduce development time and complexity by providing strong foundations for new applications. This webcast discusses the value of the LabVIEW design patterns, such as state machines and queued message handlers, and how to select an appropriate core architecture for your software.

Make Your Application More Stable: Handle Those Errors
Thursday 16th August: 10am & 2pm
Find out how to handle errors that occur in mission critical applications to minimise their effects. From simple applications to multi-target and multi-loop applications, understand some of the best methodologies for managing errors.

Producing Intuitive and Professional User Interfaces
Friday 17th August: 10am & 2pm.

Modern software users expect style as well as substance, and creating intuitive, engaging graphical user interfaces (GUI) has become a real challenge. GUIs are required to display increasing complex information in an intuitive, professional and easy to interpret format. This webcast provides simple, practical techniques for maximising the usability and professionalism of LabVIEW front panels.

• Week 3: LabVIEW Beyond the Desktop

Introduction to LabVIEW Real-Time and FPGA
Tuesday 21st August: 10am & 2pm.

Learn how to use LabVIEW FPGA and LabVIEW Real-Time to take advantage of NI stand alone reconfigurable embedded systems. Gain information on FPGA hardware, real-time operating systems and embedded design application examples

Mobile Technology for Measurement Applications
Wednesday 22nd August: 10am & 2pm.  

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere and have great possibilities for viewing data. Find out how NI is helping engineers and scientists to take advantage of mobile technology for measurement and control applications.

High Throughput FPGA for Test with NI FlexRIO
Thursday 23rd August: 10am & 2pm.

The NI FlexRIO product line introduced significant new capabilities to the PXI platform, but efficiently utilising them requires a thorough understanding of LabVIEW FPGA. Learn how to maximise success and minimise development time by following the NI-recommended design methodology. This webcast will explore key features of LabVIEW which enable high performance FPGA design, by following an in-depth case study of a typical application.

Designing Vision Systems including 3D Vision and the Microsoft Kinect
Friday 24th August: 10am & 2pm.

Watch as we examine the functionality of the Kinect to divulge how stereovision works. Learn how this 3D technique has become prevalent for industrial inspection, autonomous robotics and consumer electronics. Examine the considerations when working with 3D vision, including calibration and sensor setup with NI software.

• Week 4: Taking the Next Steps with LabVIEW
Best Practices for Software Development and Configuration Management
Tuesday 28th August: 10am & 2pm.

Whether an individual developer or working in a large team, the use of software development best practices can help engineers and scientists to ensure the quality and reliability of their LabVIEW applications. Learn how to manage source code using the LabVIEW Project and configuration management tools, enforce good coding practices and ways to test code to help find bugs earlier.

How and Why to use LabVIEW Object Oriented Programming
Wednesday 29th August: 10am & 2pm.

Object Oriented Programming (OOP) allows us to maximise the extensibility and reuse of application code. This session introduces the fundamentals of OOP in LabVIEW and how design patterns map from traditional LabVIEW programming through to maintainable OOP implementations and hardware abstract layers.

The Power of LabVIEW Scripting
Thursday 30th August: 10am & 2pm.

Ever wished you could enable LabVIEW to create, move and wire block diagram functions, edit connector panes and create new VIs on the fly? This session will show you how to programmatically generate, modify and inspect G code. A familiarity with VI Server is recommended but certainly not required.

Tips and Tricks from a LabVIEW Architect
Friday 31st August: 10am & 2pm.

This webcast is hosted by a highly skilled Certified LabVIEW architect, who will introduce tips, tricks and best practices for programming in LabVIEW.

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