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  1. 20 points
    After I made this post I decided to bring the LabVIEW Wiki back online. It was not easy and took several days of server upgrades and hacking. The good news is I was able to bring up all the original pages.. The even better news is I talked with @The Q and @hooovahh and we are all on the same page as to how to move forward. @The Q did a great job of stepping forward and trying to fill the void that the LabVIEW Wiki's absence had left. He's agreed to migrate all the new content he created over to the LabVIEW Wiki, from Fandom and continue to develop new articles and content moving forward on the new site. He will also help in moderating the Wiki and will be promoted to Admin rights on the Wiki. His help is much appreciated. The LabVIEW landing page created here on LAVA is awesome but the forums don't lend themselves to static content creation. Instead @hooovahh has agreed to move the old landing page to here. That will be the new home for the landing page. This will become a valuable resource for the community and I hope all of you start pointing new people in that direction. With many editors, it can only get better and better over time. Where do we go from here: Logging in. - The old accounts are still there. If you're a LAVA old-timer, then you can try to login using your LAVA username. If the password doesn't work then reset it. You can also create a new account here. I'm going to announce a day when new accounts can be created. I'm limiting it for now because of all the spam accounts that can be potentially created. There's an issue with the current Captcha system. if you are super-eager to start creating content now and want to help, send me a direct message on LAVA and I can manually create an account right away. - New account creation is now open. Permitted content: - I'm not going to put restrictions on content at the moment. Obvious vandalism or offensive\illegal content will not be tolerated of course. However, the guidelines will be adjusted as time goes on and new content is created. There's just not enough content right now to be overly concerned about this. We need content. Discussions about the Wiki. - Each article page has an associated discussions page where you can discuss issues related to that article. Please use that mechanism (same etiquette as wikipedia). General Wiki issues\questions and high level discussions can be done here. So now, if you need to add content, you can do it yourself. Feedback as always is welcome.
  2. 16 points
    The content on this page will go away soon. It's currently being migrated. > New Location < Read about the wiki here This thread is intended to be a place for all things LabVIEW to be able to be found. If you have a resource for LabVIEW feel free to reply with your own content. We are interested in things like person blogs, forums, training information, and anything a user of LabVIEW might want. Several links and sections have been lifted from another resource available over on NI labeled the Content and Communities for LabVIEW Application Development. I'm New To LabVIEW and Need Help Basic Training Information NI Learning Center NI Getting Started -Hardware Basics -MyRIO Project Essentials Guide (lots of good simple circuits with links to youtube demonstrations) -LabVEW Basics -DAQ Application Tutorials -cRIO Developer's Guide Learn NI Training Resource Videos 3 Hour LabVIEW Introduction (Alternate Google Drive) 6 Hour LabVIEW Introduction (Google Drive) Self Paced training for students Self Paced training beginner to advanced, SSP Required Rookie Mistakes in LabVIEW by Digilent State Machine Design Pattern Basic Tutorial Wikipedia Article Sixclear Video Event Driven Design by NI Beyond Basic Training These are topics that are useful but not for those new to LabVIEW or software development. Topics may cover things a novice may have a hard time following. Object Oriented Software Design NI FAQ on Object Oriented Programming Creating Classes When Should you Use Classes Abstraction Abstraction Distraction Introduction to Object Oriented Programming and HAL by Elijah Kerry (Video), Plugin Framework JKI Hardware Abstraction Video Actor Framework Community Introduction Framework Basics Error Handling Basics by NI David Maidmanโ€™s Blog Post SOLID Error Handling by Dmitry Structured Error Handler Express VI by NI I Have Questions LAVA Forums - Independent community, with less NI oversight, and generally less new users asking basic questions NI Official Forums - NI's official forum, monitored semi-regularly by NI and the best place to find official support LabVIEW on Reddit - Smaller community but has Reddit features like voting on posts and comments causing interesting topics to get more attention LabVIEW on Stack Overflow - Q&A style community I'm Looking to Find Example Code and Toolkits NI Tools Network - Polished released code distributed as VIPM packages. LAVA Code Repository - Place for Verified, and Unverified code allowing for discussions, in addition to hosting NI Code Exchange / Community Documents - Similar to LAVA but NI's site licensing means less flexibility if you are posting code and want a custom license. NI Reference Designs Portal GitHub - Trending LabVIEW Projects, and All LabVIEW Projects GitLab - LabVIEW Projects BitBucket - LAVA Projects on BitBucket I'm Looking for Blogs There are lots of LabVIEW blogs, covering lots of topics. Some blogs go cold after some time, so below is a table of blogs, highlighting the last post made. At the moment this is updated manually so this will need to be updated periodically. NI's Blog NI's official blog, updated very frequently System Automation Solutions 10/24/2018 Sam Taggart's Blog JKI Blog 9/13/2018 Blog often highlighting JKI's activity including VIPM and other LabVIEW tips DMC Blog - 9/10/2018 LabVIEW category of DMC's official blog Steve Watts Random Ramblings on LabVIEW Design - 10/23/2018 Random Ramblings says it all but often good insight into designs and discussions we don't think about but should question why we use them and how Delacor Blog - 9/4/2018 The Daily CLAD - 9/4/2018 Hooovahh's Blog - 8/24/2018 Brian Hoover's blog focusing on LabVIEW and CAN The LabVIEW Lab - 10/22/2018 Eric Maussion's blog Bloomy's Blog - 8/13/2018 LabVIEW category of Bloomy's official blog Ajay Blog - 10/10/2018 Ajayvignesh's LabVIEW blog Wiresmith - 9/25/2018 James McNally's Blog LabVIEW Craftsmen - 7/3/2018 Wineman Technology Blog - 10/10/2018 LabVIEW category of Wineman's official blog MGI Blog - 6/5/2018 Moore Good Ideas blog Eyes on VIs - 5/25/2018 Christina Rogers blog often focusing on LabVIEW's visual design UI's and UX's QControls - 5/15/2018 Blog series on QControls, and open alternative to XControls Walking The Wires - 5/11/2018 Chirs Roebuck's Blog Not a Tame Lion - 5/5/2016 LabVIEW Artisan - 2/5/2015 Darren Nattinger's LabVIEW blog often highlighting lesser known features of LabVIEW Culverson Software's Blog - 9/20/2014 LabVIEW category of Steve Bird's Blog VI Shots - 7/31/2014 LabVIEW video podcast by Michael Aivaliotis Brian Powell - 12/26/2013 I'm Looking for Videos Similar to blogs, video channels can be hit or miss, and content can become dated. But if you are more of a visual learner these channels offer a chance to learn by watching others. NI Week & CLA Conference - Username: LabVIEW_Videos, Password: LabVIEW GDevCon Conference LabVIEW Architects Forum Delacor's Channel System Automation Solutions LLC Dr. James D Powell NI's LabVIEW Channel LabVIEW ADVANTAGE LabVIEW MakerHub Looking For Certification Help Certification Nugget: CLAD - Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Certification Nugget: CLD - Certified LabVIEW Developer Certification Nugget: CLA - Certified LabVIEW Architect Connecting With Other LabVIEW Developers User Groups Online communities are a great way to connect and contribute. In addition to online there are Local LabVIEW User Groups which meet regularly to present and understand LabVIEW and NI topics. Find one close you you and subscribe or monitor topics. NI often supports local user groups, but they are in most cases ran and organized by the community. NI Week NI Week is another great way to connect with and learn. Hosted in Austin Texas once a year it is a week long conference with training, discussions, keynotes and other activities. Many previous NI Week videos can be found online but no single source is available which aggregates all marketing, keynotes, and technical sessions in one location. The best resource for content is a site setup for video hosting done by Mark Balla over the years. Summits If you hold a CLA or CLD there are specific summits for you that are free. These are often tailored presentations for a specific skill set with the focus on technical discussion and problem solving. There are two CLA summits, one in Austin Texas, and one in Europe both held once a year. CLD summits happen more frequently and locations change from year to year. Consult their specific discussion forums on NI to see when the next one is. Just like NI Week Mark Balla has several videos available here. Needing Professional Help If a project is getting out of hand and is beyond the skill level of your team, NI suggests looking at one of their Alliance Partners. Contact one in your area, and they will help try to best guide you on your project. I Want To Contribute to the Community Developing Code For Others Arguably the most difficult thing about sharing code, and reusing code, is the mind set and considerations associated with other developers using software you wrote. It is a type of mental exercise where you need to put yourself in the mind of the developer using your software. NI's Reference Deign Portal is a good resource for understanding various coding structures, and best practices for designing code for others, and can help with standardizing code for other developers. TBD (Expect this to be a section on various forums, and code repositories that can be added to along with helping out local user groups, and presenting at NI Week and Summits) Other Important Software Topics Source Code Control (SCC) Recommended SCC for LabVIEW Software Configuration by NI Code Management at Center of Excellence VisualSVN - Free SVN Server Software Delacor Blog with SCC Category -SVN Setup for LabVIEW By Delacor (Video) -Git Setup for LabVIEW By Delacor (Video) SOLID Principals Agile Software Development Principles, Patterns, and Practices (book) How Applying Agile Object-Oriented Design Principles Changes Designs and Code by Dmitry SMoReS development Unit Testing NI Unit Test Group VI Analyzer (Automated Code Inspection) The VI Analyzer is a tool by NI that is included with some versions of LabVIEW and allows for automated inspection of LabVIEW software, to check for various conformity or nonconformity to software practices. The VI Analyzer comes with many useful code checking steps but others can be added. Checkout the VI Analyzer Enthusiasts for more community made tests. LabVIEW Style Checklist Center Of Excellence - Learning VI Analyzer LabVIEW Style Guide Rules to Wire By Part 1 Rules to Wire By Part 2 Virtual Machine Usage TBD
  3. 11 points
    You know how you can change the wire appearance for a class in the class properties? As it turns out, LabVIEW internally allows for more flexibility than that dialog gives you. So I made an advanced wire editing tool...and unlike a lot of stuff I post, you can actually use this for serious projects, because it does not use any private/unsupported LabVIEW functionality! With this tool, you can set wire size without limits (with results similar to this), customize both wire layers with any 8x8 monochrome pattern, and also mess with different draw options. Strangely, a few of these settings seem to have no effect, and many of the options for one of them actually crash LabVIEW. (These ones are disabled in my tool, but you can re-enable them by editing a typedef.) Given that this is actually a documented, supported property that's officially supposed to work, I've reported this as a bug to NI; if any NI engineers see this and feel like investigating, you can refer to service request #7762024. Latest version: Wire Studio 2.zip Old versions: Revision 1
  4. 9 points
    So I wasn't there but there was a public announcement at GDevCon about a new edition of LabVIEW called Community Edition which is the LabVIEW Professional version (I read that as application builder included), and completely free with no watermarks for non-commercial use. NI hasn't made any post about timelines, or other details yet but I hear those are in the works. This is obviously a huge thing for LabVIEW as any monetary barrier to entry will discourage new developers from experimenting with LabVIEW. And then there is the fact that those that are familiar with LabVIEW, can keep up with the newest version outside of their company, or when they are between jobs.
  5. 9 points
    Hey folks. this year we're trying something new. All Videos for NIWeek 2019 can be found here: https://labviewwiki.org/wiki/NIWeek_2019 Feedback welcome. Thanks to @Mark Balla and other volunteers for recording the videos. Edit: We're starting to add the back catalog to YouTube. NIWeek 2018 videos are also up.
  6. 9 points
    Tecnova has created a new LabVIEW Video site to replace the previous ftp server for downloading NIWeek and CLA Summit videos. Location: https://labviewvideo.tecnova.com Login: LabVIEW_Videos (Not case sensitive) Pw: LabVIEW (case sensitive) Check out the LabVIEW Videos Tecnova site Demo to see all the features of the new site. For comment or feedback please email LabVIEWVideo@tecnova.com Thanks to Tecnova Management for supporting the LabVIEW Community. Note: Testing has shown successful downloads using Chrome, IE and Edge for Windows and Safari for Macs. FireFox however tries to auto play the video and may not work like the other browsers. LabVIEW Video Demo.mp4
  7. 8 points
    This is how I clear errors.
  8. 7 points
    I've exported the OpenG sources from Sourceforge SVN to Github. It's located here: https://github.com/Open-G I'm hoping this will encourage collaboration and modernization of the OpenG project. Pull requests are a thing with Git, so contributions can be encouraged and actually used instead of dying on the vine.
  9. 7 points
    Greetings Friends of LAVA, colleagues, cohorts, and Wireworkers Extraordinaire -- it's LAVA BBQ time! Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Time: 7:30-10:00 pm Location: Uncle Billy's Brewery and Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (1.5 miles from Convention Center) Cost: $25 Early Bird (through April 30th) $30 Regular Admission (through May 20th) $35 Door Price (May 21st) Meal Options: Expect to enjoy your choice of meats (brisket, turkey, ribs) with sides like street corn, cole slaw, and bbq beans. A vegetarian option is available when purchasing tickets. Cash beer bar. Who: Everyone is welcome, including spouses traveling with you. Even if it's your first time, expect to recognize many faces/names from the forums and NI R&D. What to wear: It's a covered, outdoor venue in Austin during Spring, so dress for the weather and comfort. Door Prizes: We will have a drawing to give away prizes. All attendees are eligible and will receive a door prize ticket upon entry. See below about sponsoring a door prize yourself to share the love. Hope to see you there! Chime in once you buy tickets to let everyone know you're coming. ------------>>------------>> Get LAVA BBQ 2019 Tickets Here <<------------<<------------ The venue is a 30 minute walk from the convention center, or a $6 Uber. Get together and carpool, people are typically gathering at Challenge the Champions in the Expo Hall, which is great fun. There is a free parking garage behind the building. We'd love for you to sponsor a door prize - Continue Reading: If you or your company want to sponsor a LAVA BBQ door prize, please post a reply below. You can also include a small blurb about your company and a link to your website in the post below. By donating a prize you and your company will receive a small announcement of your choosing, during the event. We will ask you to write the announcement on a post-it note and will attach it to the prize to be read before awarding it. We love the door prizes, but we love time for socializing too. Here are some guidelines to keep our event balanced and streamlined. Single item donations work best. If donating more than one item, then multiple identical items is strongly preferred. If donating non-tangible items or something that is not physically with you, then please bring a card with your contact info and instructions on how to collect the prize. This will be given to the winner. Donations are typically $25-$200 in value. Not recommended: Apparel (hats, t-shirts, underwear, etc.) - never the right size Software licenses (Toolkits, add-ons, LabVIEW) Branded trade show booth type giveaways (mouse pads, pens, keychains, etc.) Jokes or something meant as a gag and not a real prize
  10. 7 points
    We'll grow into it eventually ๐Ÿ˜‹
  11. 7 points
    There are a bunch of objects in LabVIEW that aren't exposed in the default palettes, and are normally inaccessible except through scripting. I made a Quick Drop plugin that exposes all of these. Many of these are no longer supported, and others never were supported in the first place. Hidden ones are displayed with an "X" next to them to warn you: as I often say, be careful with these, and don't use them in any code you care about, as they can cause crashes, data corruption, and who knows what else! Download the LLB below and place it in your <LabVIEW install dir>\resource\dialog\QuickDrop\plugins folder. Then press Ctrl+Space, Ctrl+S to open this dialog. Select an item from the list and click OK, and there you go. There's some interesting/strange stuff in here! EDIT: Couple things I forgot to mention. The first time you open this (and whenever you rebuild the list) it uses two private properties on the app reference, to get the list of controls and indicators in the palette. Since this is just a property read, I'm sure the worst that could happen is a crash when you try to open the dialog, but I can't make any guarantees. Also there's some false positives for hidden items, mainly with front panel controls/indicators that come in different styles. Place by Style.llb
  12. 7 points
    Greetings Friends of LAVA, colleagues, cohorts, and Wireworkers Extraordinaire -- it's LAVA BBQ time! Change log for 2018: Prices have been rolled back to a previous, cheaper version New location, see below Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Time: 7:30-10:00 pm Location: Uncle Billy's Brewery and Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (1.5 miles from Convention Center) Cost: $25 Early Bird (through May 4th) $30 Regular Admission (through May 20th) $35 At the door (May 21st - 22nd) Meal Options: Expect to enjoy your choice of meats (brisket, turkey, ribs) with sides like mac and cheese, cole slaw, and potato salad. A vegetarian option is available when purchasing tickets. Cash beer bar. Who: Everyone is welcome, including spouses traveling with you. Even if it's your first time, expect to recognize many faces/names from the forums and NI R&D. What to wear: It's a covered, outdoor venue in Austin during Spring, so dress for the weather and comfort. Door Prizes: We will have a drawing to give away prizes. All attendees are eligible and will receive a door prize ticket upon entry. See below about sponsoring a door prize yourself to share the love. ------------>>------------>> Get LAVA BBQ 2018 Tickets Here <<------------<<------------ The venue is now a 30 minute walk from the convention center, or a $6 Uber. Get together and carpool, people are typically gathering at Challenge the Champions in Exhibit Hall 4, which is great fun. There is a free parking garage behind the building. We'd love for you to sponsor a door prize - Continue Reading: If you or your company want to sponsor a LAVA BBQ door prize, please post a reply below. You can also include a small blurb about your company and a link to your website in the post below. By donating a prize you and your company will receive a small announcement of your choosing, during the event. We will ask you to write the announcement on a post-it note and will attach it to the prize to be read before awarding it. We love the door prizes, but we love time for socializing too. Here are some guidelines to keep our event balanced and streamlined. Single item donations work best. If donating more than one item, then multiple identical items is strongly preferred. If donating non-tangible items or something that is not physically with you, then please bring a card with your contact info and instructions on how to collect the prize. This will be given to the winner. Donations are typically $25-$200 in value. Not recommended: Apparel (hats, t-shirts, underwear, etc.) - never the right size Software licenses (Toolkits, add-ons, LabVIEW) Branded trade show booth type giveaways (mouse pads, pens, keychains, etc.) Jokes or something meant as a gag and not a real prize Hope to see you there! Chime in once you buy tickets to let everyone know you're coming.
  13. 7 points
    I just became aware of this thread and I'm not going to go back and comment on all the discussion points that have been made before, except to say: The original code which did not use a shift register was wrong, but happened the work because of a bug in the LabVIEW inplaceness algorithm. Any input tunnel should retain its original value of every iteration of the loop, so it should've stayed not-a-refnum every time, and therefore the dynamic registration should should have been lost where the loop iterated. The issue was that the left dynamic registration terminal (which is always in-place to the right one) was also in-place to the input tunnel, causing its value to be stomped incorrectly. This is clearly a bug and needed to be fixed. It violated dataflow 'rules' for how tunnels are supposed to behave, and could've made some correct programs yield incorrect behavior. This is not a change that would break a correctly written program, so it does not qualify as an "API breaking" change; this usage has always been wrong but happened to work due to a bug. (This is categorically different than changing behavior of correct code or even changing undocumented behavior, which we try strenuously to avoid.)
  14. 6 points
    Why are so many things just that little bit harder in or weirder in NXG? I am trying to use it to make my first "real" application, in this case a relatively simple WebVI. I put this list down in the hope someone can tell me I am being dumb and there is a sensible way to do these thing Why can I not easily branch off a wire by clicking on it somewhere? Now I have to right click and select the option to create a wire branch Why can I not right click on a primitive to open the sub-palette for that thing to give me similar items. I can right click and replace or right-click and insert... Example, I have an existing 2D array wire I want to get the size of, there is no way for me to right click the wire to quickly open the array palette and then drop down a Size primitive I have to relearn the whole palette structure as all the icons have changed. OK that is fine so let me explore a bit and poke around but I cannot keep a palette open by pinning it? (OK so it turns out I can do this if I start the browse from the left-hand palette and then weirdly click the << arrow, but I am so used to opening the palette by right clicking on the diagram). Arg, then the pop-up help covers over the next item in the list ๐Ÿ˜ž The Align menu is so much less usable in that drab gray and single line. There was nothing wrong with the way it is implemented in Current Gen, why change this? The GUI is so dull in general. The colours are washed out and grey everywhere is just depressing. It sounds silly but it makes me not want to use it. Sorry, but MDI is not a suitable technique for anything other than the most trivial of applications. I like the really like the zoom but please let us pan with the middle-mouse or something similar Please pop open menu items as soon as I browse into them, rather than forcing me to click (looking at you Case Structure Cases and Align menus) Why are the icons so confusing. Please can someone explain how the picture below conveys any information that this array concatenation. Why can I not run a Sub VI in a WebVI? In order to test the correctness of a piece of code I have to move it out of the .gcomp to run in isolation, and this actually moves the code on disk What was fundamentally wrong with the Project Window in Current Gen? I have a vertical monitor that I use exclusively for displaying the Project window and it is amazing. I don't particularly like the new implementation but at least let me undock it! I am also not really filled with confidence that as my project grows in size it will not become overwhelming (yet another reason to keep Virtual Folders) This is just a small subset of the items I am currently struggling with. In general I am quite forgiving of new software, but I think NXG has been baking in the oven for something like 8 years! I appreciate that NXG has not been designed for me, rather I suspect it is targeted at a whole new audience of LabVIEW developer. As such I know my muscle memory is going to be really detrimental in getting me up to speed with this new way of doing things so I am trying really hard to not let that get in the way of my journey. Something deep down just makes me worry that the essence of what makes LabVIEW (current gen) so special has been lost in translation. It just feels like too many decisions have been made by people who are not actually very familiar with LabVIEW. This makes me a bit sad as I have no doubt that a ridiculous amount of engineering effort and love has gone into NXG (and am under no illusions at the scale of the task of rewriting current gen). All in all my experience trying to develop a non trivial (not by much though) application in NXG has further cemented my thoughts that I am going to have to stick with current gen for the foreseeable future. That said, strength and courage to NI. I will check back again in a few years. ps: I am really excited for the WebVI technology. Please port it to Current Gen so I can actually use it ๐Ÿ™‚
  15. 6 points
    Thanks for putting down all your thoughts and providing examples, Neil. I agree with every point you've made. Have you used the Shared Library Interface editor yet? That's some next level UI inconsistency. I wrote a couple of blog posts on my experience converting a small (< 100 VIs, < 10 classes) LabVIEW project to NXG (see Let's Convert A LabVIEW Project to LabVIEW NXG! Part 1 and Part 2). During the process I made a lengthy list of issues and came to the same conclusions many people have voiced in this thread. Of the issues uncovered during the conversion, some were due to missing features or bugs, some a lack of understanding on my part, but a surprising number were due to interesting design choices. The TL;DR of the blog is there is nothing in NXG for me to want to continue using it, let alone switch to it from LabVIEW. Which is sad because I was really hoping to find something to look forward to. Here's hoping for a LabVIEW NXG: Despecialized Edition!
  16. 6 points
    The New Data Value Ref and Delete Data Value Ref nodes will be able to be in inline VIs (and thus malleable VIs) in LV 2020.
  17. 6 points
    View File Hooovahh's Tremendous TDMS Toolkit This toolkit combines a variety of TDMS functions and tools into a single package. The initial release has a variety of features: - Classes for Circular, Periodic, Size, and Time of Day TDMS generation with examples of using each - Reading and Writing Clusters into TDMS Channels - XLSX Conversion example - File operations for combining files, renaming, moving, and saving in memory to zip - Basic function for splitting TDMS file into segments (useful for corrupt files) - Reorder TDMS Channel with Demo There is plenty of room for improvements but I wanted to get this out there and gauge interests. The variety of classes for doing things, along with VIMs, and class adaptation makes for using them easier. If I get time I plan on making some blog posts explaining some of the benefits of TDMS, along with best practices. Submitter hooovahh Submitted 12/12/2019 Category *Uncertified* LabVIEW Version 2018 License Type BSD (Most common)  
  18. 6 points
    All of the presentations are now on the LabVIEW Wiki. You can find them at: https://labviewwiki.org/wiki/Americas_CLA_Summit_2019 Thanks Kevin Shirey and Mark Balla for producing the videos and all those that volunteered to run the cameras. This is an awesome resource to be able to go re-watch and review these great presentations again or for those that couldn't join us in person to be able to view them as well.
  19. 6 points
    @Jim Kring, it seems to me that the export of the code has gotten a positive response from the community. However I may be wrong. If anyone has any opinion either way, please come forward. As you can see in this thread, it appears the community has rallied around this effort. This is why I emailed you to come here and share your thoughts. In the past, OpenG was a great venue to showcase how a bunch of passionate LabVIEW users can come together and collaborate on something useful. The passion is clearly still there, as shown by the numerous discussions here. The general coding community has moved to Git with GiHub being the hub. This seems like the logical next step. Who knows what this initiative will lead to. However, Iโ€™m expecting that placing OpenG in a neutral GitHub repo will provide the spark and the tools to facilitate open collaboration, then the community can drive the future. The community is full of smart people who have a desire for clean tested code. And if issues come up, LAVA discussions (or GitHub issues) are there to hash things out. When LAVA offered to host all OpenG discussions back in 2011. it was clear that the community wanted to help. When @jgcode put his standards together for how code should be discussed at that time, It was an exciting time. Since then, many people have come forward with offers to add new code into OpenG and fix bugs. For example @drjdpowell first offered to include his awesome SQLite toolkit for inclusion into OpenG. He got no response either way. Itโ€™s a shame to have a platform and forums to allow people to post and discuss OpenG code and then ignore it. If you have ideas on what the future of OpenG is. Iโ€™m hoping itโ€™s to be more transparent and inclusive. Providing the tools, resources and some safety checks along the way, is the best way to facilitate passionate individuals to dive in. Do you think keeping the status quo of the past 10 years makes sense? It seems to me that the community disagrees. What do you think?
  20. 6 points
    You people are so laid back and forgiving. Iโ€™m an editor on multiple wikis across cyberspace, and none of the others are anything less than draconian. Capitalization whatever?! Wow. Iโ€™m going to need to wear my oversized Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts when Iโ€™m editing, just to get in the right state of mind! ๐Ÿ™‚
  21. 6 points
    I just started down the rabbit hole of making a new XControl recently. Oh man such a pain. Here is a little graph I made complaining about the XControl creation process, and the time needed to make something useful. Any alternative is appreciated.
  22. 6 points
    Door Prize! Two of these custom bluetooth speakers will be given away, sponsored by the LAVA BBQ itself! [Front and back views]
  23. 5 points
    My experiment with NXG is now over. A simple web page has taken about 5x longer than I had planned for. Some of this is due to me underestimating the nuances of the web module but most of it has been me fighting the new IDE. The other night instead of happily diving into some after dinner software development fun I was actually filled with dread at the thought of having to open NXG and finish what I started, it really is that unpleasant to use. For me, NXG is nowhere near usable in a real project that I expect to have to develop, maintain and make money off. Some stuff seems to work, but everything has this toy feel about it. It is ugly, sluggish, unintuitive and absolutely repulsive to develop with. Sorry that sounds harsh, but it has been in development for over 8 years and has an incredibly strong pedigree to compare against. NI have taken almost everything that made current gen so special and thrown it in the bin. NXG is clearly being managed and developed by people who have never actually become intimately familiar with LabVIEW. I will check back in a few years time but at this point I am extremely disappointed and now need to think very strongly about where my professional systems development career is going. Current Gen is going to be sunsetted at some point and will fade into irrelevance due to its closed source nature (not that open sourcing something of its complexity would help now, it is too late for that). I could wait a few years if I had confidence that the ship was sailing in the right direction, but apart from AQ who consistently has the courage to actually even reply to these threads there is virtually nothing coming back from NI and I feel that the HMS NXG-itanic is sailing full steam ahead towards its doom. NI is run by extremely clever people who have no doubt done their sums and analyses and are charting the course for NXG that they think will bring them the most success in the long-run. I have a strong appreciation for just how big an undertaking something like NXG is, but given where it is after 8 years of development it just seems that I am not the target market and there is not too much I can do about it. Happily, given how robust NI hardware and current gen LabVIEW actually are I suspect there will be quite a bit of work supporting old systems for at least another decade (perhaps more).
  24. 5 points
    For a final Case. Sadly there isn't any non-depreciated Items to replace that vi. Which makes this work for Clusterzilla. ArrayToCluster.vim
  25. 5 points
    Hey LAVA friends. I'm going to be doing a live-stream on Youtube next Tuesday April 28, (10AM Pacific) to go over LabVIEW Community Edition. I'd love to see you guys there. It'll be interactive with chat for your questions, and I will be making an attempt to talk to a Raspberry Pi and Arduino. If you're curious about low-cost hardware or just want to find out what's new in the latest LabVIEW. Join me here: https://youtu.be/4HLVqYXpxIo. Edit: If any of you have done any projects with the supported hardware. Let me know and I can mention you or pull you into the discussion. - Thanks.
  26. 5 points
    The main difference between LabVIEW and a C compiled file is that the compiled code of each VI is contained in that VI and then the LabVIEW Runtime links together these code junks when it loads the VIs. In C the code junks are per C source file, put into object files, and all those object files are then linked together when building the final LIB, DLL or EXE. Such an executable image still has relocation tables that the loader will have to adjust when the code is loaded into a different memory address than what its prefered memory address was defined to be at link time. But that is a pretty simple step. The LabVIEW runtime linker has to do a bit more of work, that the linker part of the C compiler has mostly already done. For the rest the LabVIEW execution of code is much more like a C compiled executable than any Virtual Machine language like Java or .Net's IL bytecode, as the compiled code in the VIs is fully native machine code. Also the bytecode is by nature address independent defined while machine code while possible to use location independent addresses, usually has some absolute addresses in there. It's very easy to jump to conclusions from looking at a bit of assembly code in the LabVIEW runtime engine but that does not usually mean that those conclusions are correct. In this case the code junks in each VI are real compiled machine code directly targetted for the CPU. In the past this was done through a proprietary compiler engine that created in several stages the final machine code. It already included the seperation where the diagram was first translated into a directed graph that then was optimized in several steps and the final result was then put through a target specific compiler stage that created the actual machine code. This was however done in such a way that it wasn't to easy to switch the target specific compiler stage on the fly initially so that cross compiling wasn't very easy to add when they developed the Real-Time addition to LabVIEW. They eventually improved that with an unified API to the compiler stages so that they could be switched on the fly to allow cross compilation for the real-time targets which eventually appeared in LabVIEW 7. LabVIEW 2009 finally introduced the DFIR (Dataflow Intermediate Representation) by formalizing the directed graph representation further so that more optimizations could be performed on it and it could eventually be used for LabVIEW 2010 as an input to the LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine) compiler infrastructure. While this would theoreticaly allow to leave the code in an intermediate language form that only is evaluated on the actual target at runtime, this is not what NI choose to do in LabVIEW for several reason. The LLVM creates fully compiled machine code for the target which is then stored (in the VI for a build executable or if code seperation is not enabled, otherwise in the compile cache). When you load a VI hierarchy into memory all the code junks for each VI are loaded into memory and based on linker information created at compile time and also stored in the VI, the linker in the LabVIEW runtime makes several modifications to the code junk to make it executable at the location it is loaded and calling into the correct other code junks that each VI consists of. This is indeed a bit more than what the PE loader in Windows needs to do when loading an EXE or DLL, but it isn't really very much different. The only real difference is that the linking of the COFF object modules into one bigger image has already been done by the C compiler when compiling the executable image and that LabVIEW isn't really using COFF or OMF to store its executables as it does all the loading and linking of the compiled code itself and doesn't need to rely on an OS specific binary image loader.
  27. 5 points
    Found a fix for this. It should be fixed in LV 2020. The bug ONLY affects copying from a 1-element cluster of variant to a variant. Or a cluster of cluster of variant to a variant. Or... you get the idea... "any number of cluster-shells all containing 1 element, culminating in a variant" being copied to a variant. This was a fun bug... consider this: The memory layout for an byte-size integer is { 8 bits } The memory layout for a cluster of 1 byte-size integer is { 8 bits } They are identical. "Cluster" doesn't add any bits to the data. That's just the type descriptor for the data in that location. This is true for any 1-element cluster: the memory layout of the cluster is the same as the memory layout for the element by itself. This is true even if the 1 element is a complex type such as a nested cluster of many elements or an array. When a VI is compiling, if data needs to copy (say, when a wire forks), LabVIEW generates a copy procedure in assembly code. For trivial types such as integers, the copy is just a MOV instruction in assembly code. But for compound types, we may need to generate a whole block of code. At some point, the complexity is such that we would rather generate the copy procedure once and have the wire fork call that procedure. We want to generate as few of those as we have to -- keeps the code segment small, which minimizes page faults, among other advantages. We also generate copy procedures for compound coercions (like copying a cluster of 5 doubles into a cluster of 5 integers). Given all that, LabVIEW has some code that says, "I assume that type propagation has done its job and is only asking me to generate valid copy procs. So if I am asked to copy X to Y, I will remove all the 1-element shells from X and all the 1-element shells from Y, and then I will check to see if I have an existing copy proc." Nowhere in LabVIEW will we ever allow you to wire a 1-element cluster of an int32 directly to an int32. So the generator code never gets that case. In fact, the only time that we allow a 1-element cluster of X to coerce directly to X is... variant. The bug was that we were asking for a copy proc for this coercion, and the code was saying, "Oh, I have one of those already... just re-use copy-variant-to-variant." That will never crash, but it is also definitely not the right result! We had to add a check to handle variant special because variant can eat all the other types. So if the destination is variant, we have to be more precise about the copy proc re-use. I thought this was a neat corner case.
  28. 5 points
    At the 2019 Americas Certified LabVIEW Architect Summit, GCentral was introduced to the LabVIEW Community. GCentral is a non profit organization (incorporated September 2019) composed of G community leaders creating a platform for programmers to find/use, contribute, and co-develop G code packages and collaboration resources. While GCentral is leading the charge to solve these problems, we will closely align with the community's needs. This forum is designed to connect GCentral's efforts with the community's needs. Some links to be aware of: GCentral.org LabVIEW Wiki Twitter (@GCentralOrg) LinkedIn Instagram (gcentralorg) Facebook Website GitHub Repo
  29. 5 points
    I think this is a valid comparison: (from https://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/Global-Variables-Are-Better-than-Functional-Globals-So-There/td-p/1528392/page/5) You are either Novice or Guru ๐Ÿ˜‹
  30. 5 points
    The best thing about a UDP joke is I don't care if you don't get it.
  31. 5 points
    The preference to use init methods instead of non-default class constants is so strong, LabVIEW NXG is planning to never support the feature. Any class constant there will always have only the classโ€™ default value.
  32. 5 points
    I found it! Unfortunately it's deprecated. It takes dotted inputs as either names or ID codes.
  33. 5 points
    Proud to say that lavag.org and labviewwiki.org both get an A rating from an SSL labs security check. Even better than ni.com which is getting a B rating. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  34. 5 points
    Hey LAVAmaniacs! It's been a while since I poked at the LAVA server. There seems to be a lot cobwebs and dust in the server room. The LAVA software hasn't been updated in a couple years. That's way too long. I'm going to jump in and see what I can do about upgrading the LAVA back-end to the latest and greatest. This will fix many issues. Last time I tried this, it failed and I had to revert back. I didn't plan on it failing and didn't allocate time for getting tech support from Invision. This time I'm planning for the upgrade to fail and then getting Invision support involved. This means the site might be offline for a few days beyond the weekend. Sorry, but it's a small pain we have to go through for long-term stability and security. Don't worry though. This time I have a crack team to help me out:
  35. 5 points
    Wow, those LAVA cats really worked overtime. Looks like the site is back up and working. Let me know if you notice anything strange. Thanks for your patience! I just noticed we now hav a leaderboard. Cool.
  36. 5 points
    Automatic error handling is for noobs.
  37. 5 points
    Two door prizes from Arktur Technologies this year. First is the classic text from 2002. Second is a brand new book first published in September 2017 ...
  38. 5 points
    How come the diagram on the speaker has a backwards wire, an unnecessary coercion dot, and an obsolete analysis VI call?
  39. 4 points
  40. 4 points
    It is not a bug. It should break for any unsigned integers because that's how the "negate" method works.
  41. 4 points
    I'm working on a personal project (more information will be shared about this later) that needs Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT). While searching for LabVIEW libraries for MQTT I found 1 on VIPM, 2 in the NI Forums, and 1 through Goggle on GitHub, as follows: WireQueue-MQTT Driver for LabVIEW by WireFlow AB (this one costs $550) MQTT Client API in native LabVIEW by Peter - daq.io (also on GitHub as LVMQTT) MQTT-LabVIEW by Michal Radziwon Quaxo MQTT LabVIEW by Stefan May This is not unusual for just about anything you might be looking for. In fact searching on GitHub there are 13 results for LabVIEW+MQTT. What was weird is that two of them were almost completely the same, yet neither attribute the other. I don't know which came first. I ended up forking from one of them but I guess I'll attribute both to be safe if I end up using it. However, talking about code confidence, I just found this one: LV-MQTT-Broker by @Francois Normandin. I know Francois, he is a LabVIEW Champion. He has included unit tests. It has full documentation as well as an NIWeek presentation by him and Sarah Zalusky, both of whom are Certified LabVIEW Architects (CLAs). From GitHub I can see he has been actively contributing to it and its open source (which most of them were). Honestly, I wish I had found this one first. Just some words for thought...
  42. 4 points
    Add SuperSecretListboxStuff=True to your labview.ini , reload LabVIEW new menu items will show up when you right click on MLC control. Read this thread
  43. 4 points
    As someone contributing code on LAVA, I would like to see the certified LAVA repository packages made available through the GCentral package search tool.
  44. 4 points
    As a company that uses LabVIEW and has it's own existing internal repository for reuse code, I would like a way for my developers to discover packages in G Central and in our private reuse repository, all from a single portal.
  45. 4 points
    Version 1.2.0.6 released. https://github.com/LabVIEW-Open-Source/DataManipulation/releases/tag/1.2.0.6 Added support to return a list of Event reference types (class of event) for Event Registration Refnums Controls, Panes, Splitters, VI References and Application References. Array is empty for all other datatypes. ** Please note that this does not drill into clusters of Event Registration Refnums. This is only one-level deep. I have not tried, but I assume that getting the cluster elements and then looping on those should work...
  46. 4 points
    Thanks to hooovahh for posting information before I could get to it. Most of you already know me but for those of you who don't, you can always reach out to me directly if you have questions or concerns about LabVIEW. As he stated, the 2018SP1 installer was not complete and wasn't supposed to go live online when it did. Our apologies to everyone who downloaded it and found it to be incomplete. The issue with the installer has been fixed and we will release the finished product/installers soon. My personal apologies that our installers were so eager to get out the door and into your hands that they didn't wait for all of the final testing to be complete. When we do our next get together at the CLA conference, LV Champions call, NIWeek, or other LabVIEW-related event, feel free to come find me and let me know how we can best improve LabVIEW to help you.
  47. 4 points
    I think it would be possible for JKI to add besides the JKI package repository and the NI Tools Network repository one more well known repositorey such as a LAVA URL to the free edition. That would not be a big deal to add I'm sure. Another option I would definitely consider, is a paid version of VIPM that costs a small fee but then allows to add custom repositories to that client. You still would need a full pro license to create new repositories but not to access them. The current license model is impossible to defend in a company as ours where you not only need a pro license to create your own company wide repository, but anybody wanting to access that repository needs that license too in order to add it to the locations VIPM will check for packages. So something like the free community edition as now with additional LAVA repository added. Then an intermediate Developer Client edition that allows to subscribe to custom repositories that everybody in a company could use. And last but not least the full featured VIPM Pro as it is now. The old OpenG package manager could more or less do the two first editions already, it is just outdated and doesn't handle new LabVIEW file tyypes properly anymore, that were coming out with LabVIEW 8 and later. EDIT: About 2 years ago we were evaluating in our company how to manage internal libraries and the distribution thereof. VIPM was considered too but the fact that every developer would need a Pro license killed that idea very quickly. If there would have been a Developer Client edition that normal LabVIEW developers could use and could have been purchased as a site license for a feasable fee, I'm pretty sure we would have been able to get that solution approved together with a few Pro licenses.
  48. 4 points
    Hey fellow LAVA people. I just turned 50 on April 2nd, and wanted to do something challenging for me, both mentally a physically. I'm running 10K every day for a year and raising money for cancer research. If you want to follow along on my journey, you can subscribe to the 10K365 youtube channel for the latest. Then go on over to 10K365.com and give whatever you can. Thanks, I consider all of you as friends and one of the reasons I love LabVIEW.
  49. 4 points
    DISTek will be giving away an Arduino based Sparkfun Kit. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14556
  50. 4 points
    Hello everyone, I don't know if you have seen/heard about the GDevCon @Steve Watts and his chums (as he calls them) are organizing. It is GDevCon#1, some of the things I think our LAVA friends will love are: It is independent from NI, created and driven by the community Two day conference Focused on real problems encountered everyday by LabVIEW developers Open to everyone (you don't need to have any certification like CLAD, CLD, CLA, etc). The conference will take place in September 2018 somewhere in the UK. If you want to learn more, register at: https://www.gdevcon.com/ Regards, Fab


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