05291587 is referenced by 121 patents and cites 11 patents.

A graphical system for executing a process or for programming a computer to execute the process is based on graphical programming techniques. Techniques include composing a graphical front panel of an instrument which provides a means for the user to provide input and monitor outputs of the process, composing a data flow diagram using graphical representations of data flow structures, and in response to the data flow diagram and the panel diagram, composing a sequence of execution instructions to carry out the diagrammed process in response to inputs provided by the panel to supply outputs displayed by the panel. The system is based on libraries of executable functions and variable types having corrresponding icons. The user selects icons which have corresponding entries in the libraries to assemble the diagrams. The system is responsive to the diagram to select the corresponding executable functions and variable types, and interconnecting the selected functions and data types to compose an executable program.

Title
Graphical system for executing a process and for programming a computer to execute a process, including graphical variable inputs and variable outputs
Application Number
851569
Publication Number
5291587
Application Date
November 19, 1992
Publication Date
March 1, 1994
Inventor
John E MacCrisken
Palo Alto
CA, US
James J Truchard
Austin
TX, US
Jeffrey L Kodosky
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Martin C Fliesler
Assignee
National Instruments
TX, US
IPC
G06F 15/46
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