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What level of LabVIEW user are you—a developer, engineer, or architect? Is it even important?


Absolutely. These categories make it easy for NI to tailor helpful resources to your individual needs. By visiting the LabVIEW Skills Guide, you can see what defines these levels and which trainings or guides we recommend each use to help them develop successful applications faster.


Here are a few examples of skills you can learn from the latest guide:


For Technicians or Basic Developers

  • Troubleshoot and debug LabVIEW code
  • Apply key LabVIEW elements for relating data (such as arrays, clusters, and typedefs)
  • Apply design patterns and templates



For Software Engineers

  • Optimize reuse of existing code for your projects
  • Design, implement, document, and test code modules for each task
  • Derive a task list and high-level flowchart to guide design and development



For Software Architects

  • Analyze, critique, and improve the architecture of a LabVIEW application
  • Optimize code and resources to effectively reduce development time and costs
  • Design an application using object-oriented design principles


Best of all, many of these resources are free or available at a discounted price for students. Questions? Post your comments below and we’ll follow up on them personally.


>> Find your proficiency level in the LabVIEW Skills Guide.

Listen to a Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA) as he shares tips and tricks to take your LabVIEW development to a new level, increasing your productivity and your application performance.


>> Watch webcast

GE Energy needed to quickly update and expand a 12-year-old functional test system. They decided to build a project team with a core of certified NI LabVIEW and NI TestStand Developers and Architects to minimize development time and ensure a scalable and supportable system update.


Although they had not previously used National Instruments software, the team chose LabVIEW and NI TestStand because they could train new users on the tools quickly and cost-effectively, making it feasible for multiple engineers to gain the skills necessary to support the tester.


The management team needed to hire someone who could both architect a solution in LabVIEW and lead the project team. After evaluating several candidates based on these criteria, the team selected David Hakey, an  NI Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA). The CLA certification gave the GE management team confidence that Hakey had the LabVIEW skill level and the project management background necessary to move quickly to develop a scalable tester.


Hakey recommended an approach for the test system with an automated testing mode for normal use and an interactive testing mode for debugging. Shortly after finalizing the design, he began the search for additional team members to help implement the test system. While many candidates spoke of LabVIEW experience on their resumes, it was the LabVIEW and NI TestStand certifications that indicated to him that a candidate truly had the skills and knowledge to be successful.


>> Read the full case study.

National Instruments recently hosted the second annual CLA Summit at the corporate headquarters in Austin, TX.  The Summit saw 38% growth in attendance from last year with 50 attendees.  This event is an excellent opportunity to learn about LabVIEW, network with peers, and meet NI engineers and executives.  Read more about the event as described by one attendee, posted at ear/