A system and method for creating a graphical program operable to configure one or more switch devices. A first node may be displayed in the graphical program, wherein the first node is operable to use route information to control or configure one or more of switch devices in a switching system. The first node may be configured with route information. For example, the route information may comprise information specifying one or more routes previously configured and stored. Also, the route information may comprise information specifying two endpoints of a route, as in the case of run-time auto-routing, or may comprise information explicitly specifying a complete route. The first node may be operable to perform various types of operations to control or configure the one or more switch devices, such as a connect operation to connect specified routes.