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Everything posted by smithd

  1. Yeah thats true too, you could make a background service appear to be an API. I guess the difference to me is that with the service you're more likely to have to be concerned about some of the internal details like timing or, as in this thread, how it multiplexes. Its probably not a requirement, but maybe its just I feel like the complexity of a service is higher so I am less likely to trust that the developer of the service did a good job. For example, with a TCP service did they decide to launch a bunch of async processes or do they go through and poll N TCP connections at a specific rate? Y
  2. I didn't read through the entire thread, but I thought I could still throw my thoughts in. Generally I'd prefer to write a file API first, service second. I've repeatedly run into problems where services don't quite do what I want (either how they get the data to log or how they do timing or how they shut down or...) but the core API works well. I like the idea that the API is your reuse library and the service is part of a sample project, drop vi or other. As for whether I'd just use the API vs making a service, I usually end up with a service because I do a lot of RT. Offloading the
  3. Also I think I remember reading the performance of this is better. More generally, is this something that could be Xnoded? I don't personally have the skills for it, but it seems like its a pretty straightforward adapt-to-type deal.
  4. its kind of hard to describe so I'm posting a picture: So the refnums are in fact different for all of the wires, but if you close the reference you get out of the inserted VI property, bad things happen. In this case, for example, the first VI never shows up past the first run and if you try to open that VI's front panel it points you at the subpanel, even when the main VI is stopped. Weird stuff.
  5. Its worth pointing out that the property you're referring to seems to return a single VI reference for any subpanel (at least in 2013). That is, if you read it you'll always see 0x00111111 even if you just passed in 0x00222222 or changed it to 0x00333333. This is fine-- you can still figure out which VI was inserted, but don't close that reference.
  6. The cloud compile is fine unless you need to use IP cores or ip builder. I just tried a Xilinx IP core in win10 with the 9607 target (so it should be using the newest Vivado) and it still doesn't work.
  7. The way I've seen this done typically is to configure the path in on the diagram, and to use a separate (inlined) VI to store this path. The performance difference between hardcoded (in the node) and a path on the diagram is pretty minimal. It also makes it easy to update later on. That having been said there are certain patterns hardcoded into labview. Seems like the easier route is to use the wildcard options: http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/371361H-01/lvexcodeconcepts/configuring_the_clf_node/#Configuring_Library_Name_or_Path The one in your post would be Filename**.*
  8. So far as I know this isn't possible to work around since its an array. However it should be possible to get a "Mouse Down?" or similar event on the combo box which would potentially allow you to figure out which index you are at and then fill in the elements programmatically. The values would still be identical for all combo boxes in the front panel, but the user wouldn't know because the values change every time they click. On the other hand, if you were just getting ready to manually edit each combo box's values by hand, it may be just as well if you simply make a cluster with all the c
  9. The lavag json library (https://lavag.org/topic/16217-cr-json-labview/) is pretty good and seems to have the capability to avoid issues like this. If you need XML, GXML and jki easyxml would probably also handle the variant (although I haven't tried it which I have with the json library).
  10. Definitely a small minority, since you'd have to have some way of creating a circular reference, but if you absolutely need that functionality I'm pretty sure everyone runs into it eventually. I hadn't thought of the semaphore but thats an interesting point. I don't know of any way to fix the issue. It gets especially tricky with property nodes on classes, since there isn't even an explicit IPE there. It just hangs
  11. I don't think there are any special flags. If you think about it, in any other queue situation you have to create the queue outside of the loop and pass it into the loop. The same thing happens here, but the terminal is colored weird to make it seem more like what you intend than what is really happening. I'm actually not sure where the create happens though. And heres where I really just don't get the removal of wires. Why are we hardcoding the queues for A, B, and C? None of that code cares what queue it reads from. Just using the wires means that your (well written) top level VI document
  12. disclaimer for anyone who doesn't know me: despite the giant bright blue "NI" next to my name I am not in any way affiliated with R&D so don't take anything I say as a fact about the product. The story I've heard is that they're asynchronous dataflow, similar as I understand it to http://noflojs.org/ This makes sense to me, based on the wiki: So to me it sounds like the big thing that makes something dataflow is that you can explicitly visualize the routing and movement of data which is exactly the intent of these wires (as I understand it) Something else I agree with,
  13. I do think its more than 5%, but from what you described I don't think you're in that X%. So...from a high level it sounds like what you want to do is spin up N workers, send them a UUT to work on, and then have the results recorded to disk. To be honest, I'm not sure why you need DVRs or any data sharing at all. Could you clarify? ->To me you'd have a QMH of some kind dealing out the work to your N workers (also qmhs) and then a QMH for logging which collects results from any of the N workers. You could do that with manually written QMHs, an API like AMC, a package like DQMH, or ac
  14. Ah yeah I see, the blocking behavior is annoying. Thats always been a bit of a downer for the SVE, the fact that its mostly single-threaded. Wouldn't help in this case, but there is a method for opening the variable connection in the background. This essentially sends a message to the SVE requesting that the connection get opened, and then you can use a property node on the last refnum in your set of connections to determine if the connections have finished opening. This is significantly faster than waiting for each connection to open individually.
  15. Help says "Caution If you use this function to access a shared variable without first opening a connection to the variable, LabVIEW automatically opens a connection to the variable. However, this implicit open operation can add jitter to the application. Therefore, National Instruments recommends that you open all variable connections with the Open Variable Connection function before accessing the variables." Generally I'd be sure to open all connections first and never use a read directly on an unconnected string. To me what you described is expected and desired behavior -- if the implic
  16. Well zeromq already has pretty solid labview bindings: http://labview-zmq.sourceforge.net/ I've used those a little bit on windows and also tried it out on the 9068 back when it was released, and the guy who wrote it uses it on linux too. I'm not familiar with either of the others, though.
  17. I don't know if there is a good way to have a zero allocation structure because it would have to be something that would be used universally (or else you'll have some using a standard error and some with an rt error) but whose RT-ness could be turned off in favor of a more verbose output. One option to aid in this could be to make wrapper functions which have conditional code so when it runs on RT and the flag "RTVerbose" is not set to true, all of the dynamic allocations are removed. Except really you don't want this at all. What you really want is the less verbose version when on RT, and
  18. Are you using timed loops with the time source set to absolute time? Since the loop is tied to absolute time I've seen this cause issues when the system time is modified. Do regular while loops freeze too? How are you determining that things have frozen? Are you running in interactive mode? If so, does it disconnect when you trigger this change? Are there any other sections of your code where you are changing behavior based on a timestamp?
  19. I don't disagree in general, but the express VI settings help provide for some of this. For example a given instance of the express VI might be configured to clear error 7, while another instance is not. Still doesn't provide source, though, which I agree is unfortunate. The devzone paper also describes using it super-locally to handle things like retries. And of course in some cases there is nothing to do locally. Its the middle range of issues where the handling is more complicated than just retry but not bad enough to just shutdown where there are challenges using the SEH. We ended up d
  20. Oh well Edit: Was just looking back through it and I remembered all the issues I had getting it to work at all. Things like guids and paths just didn't get set as I would expect. You can always dig through some of the other code in the same directory, but its pretty hard to understand what the different functions are doing.
  21. I put together something which imports a web service into your project from a template. Its really hacky and may not work for all web services (in fact it no longer works for the web service I originally wrote it for, although I plan to fix that at some point). The code is on this download page: https://decibel.ni.com/content/docs/DOC-38927 Specifically ni_cvt_web_addon-1.6... I'd just unzip it and open the vi ni_cvt_web_addon-\File Group 0\project\AddCVTWebServiceToProject.vi Also, be sure not to judge me based on that code.
  22. (A) Don't know why its an unusual size. (B) If you delete the entire genealogy section in the xml the size goes back to normal. © I've never had this cause an issue, but I would imagine its not officially supported. The genealogy is probably unrelated to those issues you posted, but it will cause issues if you try to do unflatten on old data. I don't have a need for this feature, so I delete the data pretty regularly. Makes RT deploys a bit less painful too, or at least it does in my imagination.
  23. The way I interpret some of that stuff is that state isn't evil, its the combination of state and action. For example, consider the difference in labview between a subVI which includes an uninitialized shift register vs one which simply takes data in (from wherever), processes it, and returns a result (to wherever). The second is a whole lot easier to understand, to prove correct, and to test. There is still state, its just been moved up a level or two or.... Also, I personally found this paper interesting and very helpful in understanding those functional programming crazies.
  24. I remember someone having issues with DAQ threads at some point and fixed it in an exe. I believe all you have to do is copy the appropriate INI keys from labview.ini into your exe's ini file and the runtime will allocate the right number of threads on launch.
  25. Because I am not all of NI...I'm not even in R&D. (But also what Shaun said)
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