While we initially saught to extend the existing LVHDF5 to speed up execution using some direct library calls, the backwards-compatibility break of HDF v1.8.9 and bit-rot of the LVHDF5 code led to replacing more and more of its functionality. A desire to become fast, flexible and intuitive eventually that became the library you see today. This library has been a test-bed for some advanced LabVIEW techniques such as the more arcane arts of XNodes and LabVIEW memory internals.
In the end, we hope we have produced a library that scientists around the world can rely on for their data storage needs, so LabVIEW users too can harness the extensive cross-platform power of HDF.
-- Martijn Jasperse, October 2012