National Instruments (NI) is offering a series of webcasts about its Labview graphical programming language, which is suitable for the development of test, measurement and control applications.

At the 'Summer of Labview' events, attendees will learn how to rapidly and cost-effectively interface with measurement and control hardware, analyse data, share results and distribute systems.

The first series of webcasts is entitled 'Week 1: Explaining the Fundamentals'.

On 3 August, the company will provide an introduction to Labview and the concept of graphical system design.

Attendees will be able to explore virtual instrumentation with UK and Ireland customer examples.

On 4 August, NI will show how Labview can simplify data acquisition.

Then, on 5 August, attendees will learn tips for using the online Labview Developer Zone, find out about local user groups and explore the Labview community.

The next series of webcasts is entitled 'Week 2: Labview for Test, Control and Design Applications'.

On 10 August, the company will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with both approaches from a technical and business perspective and explore the use of Labview in product design and embedded application development through sectors such as industrial, medical, automotive and energy.

On 11 August, NI will talk about the common factor standardising modern test applications - the software-defined architecture that assures flexibility, maintainability and reliability.

Attendees can learn about some of the technology behind this trend and see how a software-defined approach to test can be advantageous.

On 12 August, participants will learn how Labview can talk to a variety of devices, including PLCs, PACs and sensors, using industry-standard communications protocols.

The third series of webcasts is called 'Week 3: Summer School for Labview Developers'.

On 17 August, the company will explore how core design patterns, including state machines and producer-consumer loops, can make applications successful.

On 18 August, attendees will gain an insight into the expertise of a Labview architect and hear first hand the tips and tricks that take Labview development to a new level, increasing both productivity and performance.

On 19 August, participants will learn good software engineering practices and tools and techniques to use within the Labview platform.

The final series of webcasts is entitled 'Week 4: A Bright Future for Labview'.

On 24 August, NI will explain why a doctorate in robotics might not be needed to build robots and how powerful design tools can develop sophisticated robots.

Then, on 25 August, the company will examine the major developments since the conception of Labview and how they benefit modern application development.

Participants will see how the new features in 2010 can increase development, productivity and application performance.

On 26 August, NI will discuss new toolkits and modules that expand the Labview developer.

Every webcast will be broadcast twice each day, at 10:00 and 14:00.

Attendees will be able to interact directly with the presenter and other attendees.