Chapter 3. Front Panel Style

The LabVIEW front panel is named to emphasize its capability to emulate the panels of traditional self-contained instruments. Indeed, when LabVIEW was first released in 1986, its primary purpose was to control laboratory instruments via GPIB and serial interface. Oh, how times have changed! Today LabVIEW is applied to many different types of applications, industries, and instrumentation. The complexity of applications has dramatically increased. The evolution of front panels is no exception. 3D controls, tab controls, tree controls, containers, Property Nodes, VI Server, Event structures, and subpanels are modern innovations that facilitate powerful LabVIEW applications.

Despite these innovations, many front panel ...

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