Hands-On Exercise Manual for LabVIEW Programming, Data Acquisition and Analysis

Prentice Hall
Jeffrey Y. Beyon  
Prentice Hall
Total pages
August 2000
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For field engineers and researchers who must learn LabVIEW programming in order to do data acquisition and analysis.

LabVIEW is a revolutionary graphical programming development environment used to write virtual instruments. Thousands of successful engineers, scientists, and technicians use LabVIEW to create solutions for their demanding test and measurement application needs for data acquisition and control, data analysis, and data presentation. This exercise guide functions as a stand-alone “short-course” for learning LabVIEW programming or as an add-on exercise manual to Beyon's LabVIEW Programming Data Acquisition, and Analysis. The book is broken out into 6 learning sessions, each of which has drill problems with step-by-step problems. All of the examples are simple-they are meant to enable the reader to understand the basics, practice simple exercises and then go on to write his/her own programs. The examples are also practical-ideal for beginners who will find examples that are ready to be implemented and also great for experienced programmers interested in updating their programming techniques.


  • Learn the LabVIEW G programming language fast with this hands-on exercise manual.
  • Great for both beginners to LabVIEW and advanced LabVIEW programmers interested in updating their programming techniques.
  • The manual takes the reader through the basics to practicing with simple and practical exercises, and then on to writing programs.
  • Part of the National Instruments Virtual Instrumentation Series.

Table of Contents

Drill Problems Day 1

Drill Problem 1.1 p021_WirePrac.vi.Drill Problem 1.2 p022_WirePrac.vi. Drill Problem 1.3 p023_ShrtCutPrac.vi. Drill Problem 1.4 p031_dBcalc.vi. Drill Problem 1.5 p032_QuitPrompt.vi. Drill Problem 1.6 p033_RNDisplay.v. Drill Problem 1.7 p041_ForLp&Indxng.vi. Drill Problem 1.8 p042_WhileLp&ShftReg.vi. Drill Problem 1.9 p043_Loops&Conditions.vi.

Drill Problems Day 2

Drill Problem 2.1 s051_MechActionOfBooleans.vi. Drill Problem 2.2 p052_MultiChChartGraph.vi. Drill Problem 2.3 p053_MultiChGphXo.vi. Drill Problem 2.4 p054_MultiChXYGph.vi. Drill Problem 2.5 p061_ArryPrac.vi. Drill Problem 2.6 p062_ClustrFcnPrac.vi. Drill Problem 2.7 p063_IntstyGphPxlByPxl.vi. Drill Problem 2.8 p064_IntstyGphAttNode.vi. Drill Problem 2.9 p065_Arry&ClustrUpdPrac.vi.

Drill Problems Day 3

Drill Problem 3.1 s081_AcqNScans.vi. Drill Problem 3.2 s082_CtsAcq&Chart(buff).vi. Drill Problem 3.3 s091_Gen1PtOn1Chwith_s082.vi. Drill Problem 3.4 s092_FGwith_s082.vi. Drill Problem 3.5 s101_CtsPTrn(8253)with_s082.vi. Drill Problem 3.6 s102_CntEvnts(8253).vi.Drill Problem 3.7 p111_WrtRdBin1D.vi. Drill Problem 3.8 p112_WrtRdASCII.vi. Drill Problem 3.9 p121_TypeCast.vi. Drill Problem 3.10 p141_AliasTest.vi p141_FFTproc.vi.

Drill Problems Day 4

Drill Problem 4.1 s081_AcqNScansDTrig.vi. Drill Problem 4.2 s082_AcqNScansExtChClk.vi. Drill Problem 4.3 s083_ContAcq&GphExtScanClk.vi. Drill Problem 4.4 p101_DigWrt&AI.vi p101_AISmplChs.vi. Drill Problem 4.5 p111_WrtRdBin1DCts.vi. Drill Problem 4.6 p112_WrtRdBin2D.vi. Drill Problem 4.7 p113_WrtRdASCIICts.vi. Drill Problem 4.8 p114_WrtRdMixed.vi. Drill Problem 4.9 p115_WrtRdDatalog.vi. Drill Problem 4.10 p116_RtrvDtalogDtaHalo.vi. Drill Problem 4.11 p117_SvDataWithPref.vi. Drill Problem 4.12 p121_ScrllbarCtrl.vi. Drill Problem 4.13 s131_LV&Serl.vi. Drill Problem 4.14 s132_LV&GPIB.vi. Drill Problem 4.15 p141_AcqNScns1Ch_QS1D&FFT.vi.

Drill Problems Day 5

Drill Problem 5.1 s141_FreqResp.vi. 70 Drill Problem 5.2 p142_FFTPairTest.vi.Drill Problem 5.3 s143_DecIntTest.vi. Drill Problem 5.4 s144_AliasTest&LPF.vi.Drill Problem 5.5 p145_FittingPrac.vi. Drill Problem 5.6 p151_While&Occrnce.vi. p151_WhileWoOccrnce.vi. Drill Problem 5.7 p152_ErrHndler_Main.vi p152_ErrHndler_Proc1.vi p152_ErrHndler_Proc2.vi p152_ErrHndler_Proc3.vi s152_ErrHndler_ErrDiply.vi.

Drill Problems Day 6

Drill Problem 6.1 p151_ListVIs.vi. Drill Problem 6.2 p152_DynamicLoad.vi. Drill Problem 6.3 p153_init.vi. p153_main.vi p153_menu1.vi p153_menu2.vi. Drill Problem 6.4 p154_StatCheck.vi. Drill Problem 6.5p155_4ToggleSW.vi. Drill Problem 6.6 p156_LocalVar&SR.vi. p156_AcquireData.vi p156_ProcData.vi. Drill Problem 6.7s156_LocalVar&SR.vi.


Back Cover

Structured, focused practice for mastering LabVIEW programming fast!

  • Master LabVIEW programming in six days, hands-on!
  • Over 60 real-world problems and solutions
  • Designed for easy learning and extensive real-world application
  • Extensively classroom-tested with professional engineers
  • Website: Tools, templates, solutions, and complete LabVIEW evaluation version

The supplementary workbook to LabVIEW Programming, Data Acquisition, and Analysis, this book presents a series of real-world programming challenges designed to help professionals master LabVIEW development in six focused one-day learning sessions.

Each session is organized into a series of short, 10 to 15 minute exercises, each with clear objectives and instructions designed to teach a single skill you can easily apply to your custom applications. Every skill is also mapped to the corresponding detailed explanations in LabVIEW Programming, Data Acquisition, and Analysis. Coverage includes:

  • Installing LabVIEW and working with source files and subVIs
  • Loops, conditional statements, and program flow
  • Displaying data and working with data types
  • Key categories of data acquisition and analysis applications
  • Saving/reading data and file I/O
  • Instrument control techniques
  • Implementing leading data analysis VIs, and more

The only way to truly master LabVIEW is to practice. This book gives you the structured, focused practice you need to achieve mastery fast. Whether you're a LabVIEW beginner or an experienced developer who want to update your skills, you'll find it an invaluable resource.


  • Complete library of LabVIEW tools and templates
  • Solutions to every exercise in this workbook
  • Full LabVIEW evaluation version


JEFFREY BEYON is Assistant Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at Christopher Newport University. His research specialties include Statistical Array Signal Processing and Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding. Since 1998, he has also consulted and provided workshops to NASA, Langley, and other leading organizations.