Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition, provides a "learn-by-doing" approach to acquiring the computer-based skills used in daily experimental work in engineering and the sciences. Ideal as an instructional lab textbook or for self-study by individual researchers, this book is not a manual-like
presentation of LabVIEW, but rather leads its readers to mastery of this powerful laboratory tool through the process of carrying out interesting and relevant projects. Readers--who are assumed to have no prior computer programming or LabVIEW background--will begin writing meaningful programs within the first few pages. Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW is designed for flexible use so that readers can easily choose the desired depth of coverage.
New to the Second Edition
* All chapters fully updated to the latest version of LabVIEW and commonly used low-cost data acquisition devices
* Full-color reference card of LabVIEW programming icons
* "Quick Example" sections at the chapter beginnings give concise introductions to the MathScript Node, Shift Register, and Case Structure
* Coverage of USB control of stand-alone instrumentation
* Solutions to even-numbered back-of-the-chapter problems available on the companion website
John Essick is a professor at Reed College with research interests in the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors. Since 1993, he has taught engineering and physics students how to perform computer-based experimentation using LabVIEW as part of Reed's Advanced Laboratory course.
"[This book] is written in a manner that helps the beginning LabVIEW programmer understand how to get started and also has a great presentation of more advanced concepts for experienced users."--David L. Roach, Mott Community College
"There are numerous books about programming in LabVIEW, but none that have such a focused applicability to the college-level science lab as this one. The greatest strength of this book is Essick's pedagogical approach. This is not a book on LabVIEW programming: it's a book on using LabVIEW as a tool to do interesting things that - almost incidentally - provides the reader with practical knowledge of LabVIEW programming. ... if the book's good enough that I'm considering building a class around it, well, that's a good book!"--Eric Ayars, The Physics Teacher Journal
"Essick wrote his book from the point of view of a scientist or engineer that actually wants to accomplish something with the software that is practical. And, in a fairly short period of time. For practical users, Essick nailed it."--John Sohl, Weber State University