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A Software Engineering Approach to LabVIEW™ by Steve Watts, Jon Conway

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Chapter 8. It's All About Style

Why Do We Need Standards Anyway?

Why do we need standards? The simple answer is that your source code is how you communicate your design. Any technique you use to improve this communication has to be worthwhile.

Somebody, usually under severe pressure, will pick up your project with maintenance in mind. Will they curse you or kiss you? If you have commonly enforced standards within your team you'll find that life will become easier, sharing will become more natural, maintenance will be easier, and productivity will improve. In essence, pick a style that you and your colleagues are happy with, formalize it, and stick to it.

A good starting point for this information is in the LabVIEW Development Guidelines, which are ...

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