Chapter 5. Icon and Connector

Imagine for a moment the appearance and development techniques of traditional text-based source code. Thousands of lines of plain black text with some colored keywords and comments interspersed. Myriad cryptic symbols, function names, modifiers, and hex codes. Tracing data flow entails repeated searches for text-based variable names. Source code consists of text, colored text, and cryptic text, while editing involves manipulating text. Let us just say that the overall zest and appeal is somewhat lacking. Enter LabVIEW. Colorful and intuitive diagrams comprise the source code. Functions and routines are represented by icons. Data flow is observed by visual inspection. Welcome LabVIEW, to the formerly mundane world ...

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