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IEC 61131-3: Additional language extensions

The focus of my post has been the object-oriented extensions so far. But there are several general, usually not so far-reaching innovations within TwinCAT 3. Below, they are briefly described.

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IEC 61131-3: Methods, Properties and Inheritance

April 23, 2017 3 comments

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a proven way of keeping the complexity of software systems in check. Until recently the preserve of languages such as C++, Java and C#, IEC 61131-3 introduces the concept to PLC programming.

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IEC 61131-3: Methoden, Eigenschaften und Vererbung (Update)

Eine bewährte Methode um die Komplexität von Softwaresystemen zu bewältigen ist die objektorientierte Programmierung (OOP). Bisher eine Domäne von Programmiersprachen wie C++, Java oder C#, steht dieses Konzept mit der IEC 61131-3 auch der SPS-Programmierung zur Verfügung.

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IEC 61131-3: The ‘Command’ Pattern

December 7, 2016 2 comments

A command can be run on a function block by calling a method. Function block A calls a method of function block B. So far, so good, but how can such “commands” be exchanged flexibly between several function blocks. The command pattern provides an interesting approach.

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IEC 61131-3: Namespaces

November 22, 2016 Leave a comment

The third edition of IEC 61131-3 introduces the concept of namespaces. Namespaces group elements such as variables, function blocks, data types and libraries into coherent units. This means that elements are no longer identified solely using their names, but additionally using the associated namespace.

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IEC 61131-3: Namensräume

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Mit der 3rd Edition der IEC 61131-3 wurde das Prinzip der Namespaces (Namensräume) eingeführt. Namespaces gruppieren Elemente wie Variablen, Bausteine, Datentypen und Bibliotheken in zusammengehörige Einheiten. Ein Element wird dadurch nicht mehr nur durch seinen Namen, sondern auch durch seinen zugehörigen Namespace benannt.

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IEC 61131-3: Arrays with variable length

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment

While declaring arrays, one had always to define a constant value up to now. Since the 3rd edition of the IEC 61131-3, arrays can be declared with a variable length. Thus, you can create functions much more generically than previously.

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