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Francois Normandin

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  1. Version released. https://github.com/LabVIEW-Open-Source/DataManipulation/releases/tag/ 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...
  2. They show up as Generic Refnums. (0x08) If they are named refnums, they should show up as in this example where "This VI" is the label. You can tell if they are named references by the 0x40 flag. If your events are named, they will show up in the list. The type of event is set in the last long byte in the "First Element" highlighted in green in the screenshot. (xA4 10) xA4 = VI reference, x10 = Key Down. I'll add this support to the OpenDescriptor. That is definitely useful info to get! I'll report here when done.
  3. The ~5% slower Map vs Variant Attributes is consistent with what @altenbach reported in his NI Week presentation, for very large datasets. Since one set is ordered, the other is not, it might be interesting to benchmark the "delete" operation and see if it is symmetrical. My intuition here would be that finding the key and deleting it would be ~5% faster in favor of Maps (for large datasets). Since I rarely deal with large sets, I'm egotistically happy with NI's choice to make those sets and maps ordered.
  4. You can extract the labels from the type descriptor, once you know where to find them in the array. I added support for it in this open source DataManipulation library. Check out the OpenDescriptor palette. You can install the latest release ( from here: https://github.com/LabVIEW-Open-Source/DataManipulation/releases/tag/ (download VIP file and install with VIPM). Once installed, you'll find the "List Element Names" method under Addons>DataManipulation>OpenDescriptor palette. (It can list enums and cluster elements as well, although those are natively supported under the Variant Utilities palette.)
  5. I don't have a scoop on that, other than they extended the conference by half a day and there will be a public Engineering Impact Award ceremony (whereas before it was a closed event for the nominees only). I don't know if there are more changes to the formula.
  6. Not sure that's the issue, but lags can sometimes occur because the installed code is not compiled for the current version you're using. If you're using VIPM to install the package, make sure your options are set not to prevent compiling after installation. Alternatively, browse to the installed package folder and force it to mass compile. I've seen this behavior for code that installed under Tools menu (under LabVIEW 20xx/project) which were not compiled, so there was always a lag the first time you load it in memory. Being being installed in a non-write accessible folder, it would cause the same issue the next time you'd open LabVIEW and brought the code back into memory.
  7. I agree with James. That could be achieved through composition and adding an abstraction layer. (Sink and Source in the diagram below)
  8. Bonjour Antoine, I'll take a look at this. Can you tell me which version you've installed?
  9. If you need to track frequency in a noisy realtime environment, I've seen Kalman-based filtering being used. Unfortunately, I don't have an implementation example to provide. NI has this discrete filter in the Control Design and Simulation toolkit... which does not come cheap.
  10. It's been moved to another website: http://vfpsoft.com/aes/aes_home.html
  11. The Message Enqueuer instance is created within Actor.vi and encapsulates the receiving queue of the actor. The Actor launcher does not expose any way to specify a more specific type of message enqueuer, so I'm afraid that even though you wish to extend this class, it is impossible to instantiate it with your child type. The reason the Message Enqueuer does not let you access its private data is that it is specifically meant as a wrapper to prevent anyone from accessing the Priority Queue class. I assume the intent is to make sure you cannot mess with the message delivery principles such as rerouting messages before they arrive at the Actor Core. If it were allowed, it could cause thread safety problems, security issues (possible hacking target) or mess with the #1 feature of actors: trust that messages are processed by the core in the order the messages were enqueued.
  12. Hi Diego, to speed things up, you should consider separating the TCP read and the file writing in two separate loops. For example, if you make two parallel loops: one that reads and adds data to a queue, and a second which reads the queue and writes to file, then you can read multiple datapoints at once and write less frequently to the file. Investigate the use of a Producer-Consumer architecture. I took the liberty of reorganizing your example to demonstrate the concept. I'd probably approach your task where your Python code is the client that publishes data and LabVIEW would act as a server (instead of the other way around), but I wanted to keep with the spirit of your example. Client.vi
  13. to the OP: Be mindful that the "Traverse for GObjects" serves the array in the reverse order from Panel:Controls[] method, probably because of the way it stores the references in the recursion loop. @infinitenothing You're totally right. Tab order it is, with newly created controls added at the end of the list.
  14. The method you invoke on the Panel reference always returns the Controls in the order that they were created. aka. If you delete the second element and create a new one (even with same label), it will be added to the end of the list.
  15. Indeed, not a State Machine... "JKI State Machine Objects" gets its name from the use of "JKI State Machine" as its core "Process.vi", which is not a state machine. It is an Event-driven Queued Message Handler (QMH). State Machine was a misnomer and the name stuck around as it was (still is) a very popular template.
  16. The reason for this typecast is to break type propagation that plagues edit-time performance which occur when you have a large class hierarchy. It is not because it makes scripting easier (on the contrary). In essence, when you edit a class' private member, the class' mutation history is modified and the LabVIEW IDE goes through a series of checks and recompiles to propagate the changes. For very small projects, this is completely trivial and does not affect edit-time performance, but for larger hierarchies (think Actor framework...) it becomes a real issue. One way to reduce this performance lag is to never put typedefs in the class private data... but this is up to the developer to stick to that rule or not. When you use an integer, using typedefs does not affect the edit time performances at all. As Rolf mentions, this pattern was popularized by GOOP (now OpenGDS). When creating a framework, you can never predict how the developers will use it... Obviously, if you use a framework and it starts to lag as your project's complexity increases, you are quickly going to blame the framework for the performance degradation (just like we blame Windows for running slower after we've bloated our computers with a bunch of apps, but that's another topic...). So it is very tempting to use tricks like this typecast to an integer to break this slow type propagation. As was mentioned by Smithd, it is risky... but if it stays in the private methods of your class, it is totally safe. In JKI SMO, you'll notice that this is used through two private methods and the DVR type is typedef'ed. You can very well create SMOs that do not use this trick.
  17. Shaun, can you elaborate on why you needed to reinstall the other toolkits when you update your encryption library? If the project-specific librairies all pointed to vi.lib, why did their linkage break?
  18. There are a couple of LabVIEW drivers and example codes on their website. Depending on the positioner model you have, choose the ASCII or Binary version at https://www.zaber.com/zaber-software
  19. Have you checked the compatibility chart for getting the right version? http://www.ni.com/product-documentation/53056/en/ sbRIO-9627 is a Zynq FPGA. Check if ISE 14.7 might be reqiured.
  20. I meant that LAVAG should verify that the code it hosts does not infringe on licenses, or at least have a process to summarily verify. You are right that VIPM handles the actual license from the user's perspective.
  21. This is a good idea, but I think it would require a more thorough editorial review of submissions to put them on the such a repository. Other than the obvious code reviews, "LAVAG" would need to examine for possible license issues, consistency across versions, develop more precise guidelines for submissions, etc. The hardest part would be to maintain the same standards over the years, as people's commitment to their "review committee duties" will undoubtedly fluctuate over time. As for the actual repository, you don't need a server running. The package publisher needs VIPM Pro to modify and manage the destination folder. The content of the repository is stored as files on any accessible drive, so it's a matter of adding it to the list of network URLs. (requires VIPM Pro as well, as mentioned above, unless on LVTN or JKI Package Network)
  22. Password protected == freeware... != open source.
  23. The core process skips showing the UI when on RT. You can modify this in the Basic Test Manager's process by removing the conditional disable structure. However, you should probably make a request on the open source project (https://github.com/JKISoftware/Caraya) or fork the original repo. Modifying this in vi.lib will not make it persistent and is a bad idea... It might be that the logic could be smarter in that if the RT target does not have a UI, it would skip it, but not assume that all RT targets don't allow UIs. There might also be the possibility to modify the test suite setup to inject your own override code, for which you could simply change the behavior of the basic test manager.
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