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Wire Warrior

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  1. Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to write some servo code for an antenna pointing system on a satellite.  I spent years designing, testing, debugging that code.  It was burned into ROM just prior to shipment.  Those chips cost more than my salary for a year back then.  I had to get it perfect.  With all the time I spent with that code, I can still see the lines of assembly language in my sleep.  LOL

    Code robustness on first release has dropped in a lot of fields because you can patch and update.  Nothing wrong with that necessarily as long as its not safety critical but I do believe programmers can benefit from being part of a project that has to be right the day it leaves their hands.

  2. For me personally, I started doing a lot more development with TestStand when I started my new job 2 years ago.   Since I had zero TestStand experience most of my time/energy has been spent coming up to speed on TestStand so I was over at the NI forums for that.   My need for advanced LabVIEW topics has been very small and my need to pose a question that has yet to be asked is even smaller.   I have found that my questions have already been asked by someone else in the past so the need to create a new topic is far less than before.

    That does bring to mind a thought...search engines have become much more better over the last few years and on top of that people have become better at forming queries for search engines too.   Perhaps we see less new topics been created because the existing one's answer the questions sufficiently and the users can use that to answer the question.   Can you get a plot of # of views of a topic? Or maybe updates to old topics?

    I also love LAVAG for my LabVIEW questions.   I want it to stay.

    Answering the specific question posed, the only other space (other than NI.com) for LabVIEW content is the LabVIEW Maker Hub (https://www.labviewmakerhub.com/).  Its less Q&A for issues and more neat projects type of stuff. 

    In my personal time I find myself spending more time  with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino related forums because it's relevant to the toys I am using.

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  3. I bought a Leap Motion last night.  I am still playing with it and I am hoping to use it with LabVIEW this week.  Seems like a great excuse to use LV2013!!

     

    Also if you haven't noticed Norm Kirchner is doing an impromptu Leap demo/presentation at #NIWeek.

  4. When I look at the things like this I always prefer the quote of Einstein, "If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I have stood on the shoulder of giants."

     

    Of course in reading the Oatmeal Comic and Forbes articles I kept drawing analogies to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. 

     

    I do find interesting that there are people out there who villify those who seek to profit from work.  Lord knows I don't show up everyday for the view.

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  5. Cool. On a slighty related note, there's a guy here who's opening up a 'retro-cade'. He's got a about a hundred game machines starting with Asteroids and going through a few things from the late 90s.  I've helped him refurbish a couple.  Lots of fun.  It's open in just a few days.  I can't wait.

     

    WW

  6. Hoovah, Okay that makes sense. 

     

    I suppose extending on that idea you could have a "planned" communication graph and an "actual" communication graph as well.  Doing that lets the tool be used as a verification piece also. 

     

    I wonder....does the state machine tool kit have features/functions that could be co-opted to assist with this?

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