My order of investigation usually goes as follows:
Christina R wrote:
When setting out to learn LabVIEW, or when starting to use a new area of LabVIEW (e.g. events, VI Server, etc.), what approach do you prefer?
I am interested in hearing about your past experiences with the various kinds of learning resources. In particular, I would like to know which approaches were the most enjoyable and which approaches (not necessarily the same ones) were the most effective (i.e. made you successful with LabVIEW).
Here are a few of the kinds of resources I would like your opinions on:
- Presentations (e.g. at NIWeek or special events around the world)
- LabVIEW documentation (e.g. the Getting Started with LabVIEW manual, Help, or other manuals)
- Example VIs
- Developer Zone or other areas of ni.com
- Other web sites
- NI Tech Support
- info-labview, OpenG, LAVA, or other user groups/forums
- Training courses
- Video tutorials
Message Edited by rolfk on 02-16-2006 09:42 AM
I second Rolf and Uwe's approach.
e.g. I started out with the example on Xcontrols in LV8 and now I need more information, The document I found somewhere helped me to implement my own Xcontrol but I had a hard time looking at why is this event happening and when does it happen. Until I understood a little about the events that probably are very natural for a labview developer !.
The thermometer example is one thing but do you have more examples already and a discussion on the possible events.
I still have trouble to when to update a display feature and it is not as easy to use yet as a control developed by NI.
Another problem in this special case is where to leave the developed Xcontrol? Where to put the project where to put the doc etc.
The problem is of course what structure is right. All stuff in an .llb simply does not look ok for me anymore and the project already looks structured but my folders don't.
So I like to learn from examples with a red line of going from easy to difficult and with a real idea what structures are kept in mind when developing this stuff.
Greetings from an again wet country, the cold is over and skating is not getting gold medals today.
Started to read the LV3.1 User manual and function reference (Yes, there was a printed manual)
(in these days I had an hour train ride to my desk, so a lot of time to read)
I still prefer paper to learn! But I see that this would be hard to handle nowadays.
Now LV8.0 is knocking on my PCs drive (but it was the same before) and take a look in the box: The what's new in LV8 booklet is a shame!
All the NI programmers that put so much work into LV8 and you only can find most of it by accident or because you get a hint here and there in the forum. All these new features just named at the end of this booklet (and isn't there even more??). I'm shure I missed some nice concepts and ideas behind some of these new stuff.
Now, how do I want to learn the new stuff ?
# Application notes and slide shows to give me an idea of the new concepts
# In deep articles (now mostly buried in answers by the experts in the forum)
# the complete handouts of all your training courses
(Since my boss won't let me go to all of them)
Have a nice weekend