LabVIEW Object-Oriented Programming

LabVIEW 2013 Help

Edition Date: June 2013

Part Number: 371361K-01

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LabVIEW object-oriented programming uses concepts from other object-oriented programming languages such as C++ and Java, including class structure, encapsulation, and inheritance. You can use these concepts to create code that is easier to maintain and modify without affecting other sections of code within the application. You can use object-oriented programming in LabVIEW to create user-defined data types.

The conceptual information about object-oriented programming in the LabVIEW Help assumes you have knowledge of object-oriented programming principles. The following references might be helpful to you as you use object-oriented programming in LabVIEW if you are not already familiar with object-oriented programming. Refer to the National Instruments Books and Publications section of for more information about ordering these documents and for a full list of related reference materials.

Budd, Timothy. An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming. Redwood City, Calif.: Addison-Wesley, 2001.

Coad, Peter, and Jill Nicola. Object-Oriented Programming. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, 1993.

Conway, Jon, and Steve Watts. A Software Engineering Approach to LabVIEW. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2003.

Weisfeld, Matt. The Object-Oriented Thought Process. Indianapolis, Ind.: Sam's Publishing, 2004.

Note  National Instruments recommends that you begin with The Object-Oriented Thought Process as an introduction to object-oriented programming.

Refer to the Developer Zone on for a LabVIEW object-oriented programming FAQ that contains additional resources.

(Windows) To view related topics, click the Locate button, shown at left, in the toolbar at the top of this window. The LabVIEW Help highlights this topic in the Contents tab so you can navigate the related topics.

Refer to the labview\examples\lvoop directory for examples of object-oriented programming.


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