LabVIEW Basics - 04 | Data Types

LabVIEW supports many different data types including booleans, numerics, strings arrays and many more. LabVIEW distinguishes different data types using the color and style of the data wire.

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  • Booleans have only two possible values: True or False and are indicated by green data wires.

  • Numerics have many sizes and representations:
    • Integers can be signed or unsigned whole numbers and are indicated by blue data wires.
    • Doubles and Singles are signed numbers with a decimal component and are indicated by orange data wires.
    • A numeric's size is indicated in bits and determines the range of possible values.

  • Strings are sequences of characters and are indicated by pink data wires.

  • Arrays are a groups of one data type and are indicated by thicker data wires.
    • A 1 dimensional array can be thought of as a column, a 2 dimensional array as a table, and so on.

  • Clusters are a groups of various data types and indicated by a thick brown data wire.

  • An Error Cluster is a special type of cluster used to indicate warnings and errors.
    • Error clusters are composed of a boolean status, a numeric error code, and a string source.