As part of a project I completed for my previous company, I learned NI TestStand and implemented it for a test station. I started writing a few posts about that experience and my impressions of TestStand a year ago. I'm finally getting around to finishing it, and this is the second of three posts.
Learning how to use it
I came into TestStand from the LabVIEW world, although I have a long background in text-based languages. When my development group decided we wanted to evaluate TestStand, the first thing I did was download the evaluation software (free) and purchase the source materials for the training class (a couple hundred bucks). After spending a week walking myself through the training and reading through the manuals, we decided to buy the software and implement it in our test systems.
Here's a couple of pointers for learning it yourself:
- Download the manual and eval materials from NI (reference manual).
- Don't pay for the actual training if you don't have the cash. Just buy the source materials for the training class.
- This book is a collection of articles about using TestStand. If you don't want to spend the $10, you can get most of it from here online.
- Step through all of the examples you can find.