Last week Rikard Wellander and I met a group of enthusiastic students at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) of Lund University. They are taking a course in computerised measurement systems, and we were there for two reasons. First to teach them the next steps in improving their LabVIEW applications. The second was to give an insight in a “real” project and by that give them an idea on what it can be like working with the things they learn at university.
Rikard took the first part focusing on LabVIEW. The level of the students LabVIEW programming skills were perfect for introducing them to some design patterns. The State Machine template in LabVIEW give you a good starting point for small applications and Rikard gave a walk through on its different parts. He also showed how the error handling in the state machine template can be improved. There were also time for a quick introduction to the Producer Consumer design pattern, whereas some other patterns were just mentioned.
For the third year in a row we launched the Student LabVIEW Coding Challenge at this course. It is open to all students at all Swedish universities with nice prizes to be won.
As always I enjoy meeting young students with a lot of questions about everything from technology to how it is working with test and measurement solutions. I really hope that these students continue on this path and that I will come across them again in the future.
By Karin Hellqvist