Owning Palette: Structures
Requires: Base Development System
Consists of one or more subdiagrams, or frames, that execute sequentially. Use the Flat Sequence structure to ensure that a subdiagram executes before or after another subdiagram.
Data flow for the Flat Sequence structure differs from data flow for other structures. Frames in a Flat Sequence structure execute from left to right and when all data values wired to a frame are available. The data leaves each frame as the frame finishes executing. This means the input of one frame can depend on the output of another frame.
Unlike in the Stacked Sequence structure, you do not need to use sequence locals to pass data from frame to frame in the Flat Sequence structure. Since the Flat Sequence structure displays each frame on the block diagram, you can wire from frame to frame without using sequence locals and without hiding code.
When you add or delete frames in a Flat Sequence structure, the structure resizes automatically.
To convert a Flat Sequence structure to a Stacked Sequence structure, right-click the Flat Sequence structure and select Replace with Stacked Sequence from the shortcut menu. (Real-Time, Windows) To convert a Flat Sequence structure to a Timed Sequence structure, right-click the Flat Sequence structure and select Replace with Timed Sequence from the shortcut menu.
You cannot drag tunnels across the frames of a Flat Sequence structure.
To avoid overusing Flat Sequence structures, attempt to control the data flow of your VI by establishing data dependency or using flow-through parameters.