By Jim Kring
[Update: NI Bug 974336]
There seems to be a bug in the coercion of data to variant when a cluster contains a single element that is a variant. (original post here).
Note: This bug appears to be very old, going as far back as LV2012. This has been reported to NI in the LV2020 Beta forum. I don't have a Bug ID / CAR yet.
Coerce to Variant Fail (LV2019).vi
Note that adding another element to the outer cluster causes the problem to go away.
Maybe others have seen this but I only became aware of it recently so I apologise if there is already a CAR for it.
The following demonstrates a difference in behaviour between LabVIEW 2017 and previous versions (back as far as 2009, maybe further).
The VI registers an event when it starts (in the timeout case) and generates a user event when the Increment button is pressed.
The expected behaviour is that the counter will increment by one every time the button is pressed. This is the case for LabVIEW versions prior to 2017. In 2017, the user event is never fired, nor is there an error emitted by the generate user event.
To get the VI to operate as expected in 2017; change the event refnum tunnel to a shift register. This seems to indicate that the refnum prototype is stomping on the dynamically allocated reference whereas in previous LabVIEW versions it would not. Note also, that when using the shift register, the cases do not need to be "wired through" as would be expected with similar functionality in a normal case statement.
By A Scottish moose
I am working on a backup function for a test executive. The backup uses the 'class to XML' vi to create an XML string and then save it to a file to be reloaded later. All of my test specific information lives in the class (or one of it's children). I like this functionality because it makes backup and reload brainless. It just works.... until now... I've got a test class for my current tester that's grown rather large. Everything works fine, until the tester loads some waveform data into either of the waveform arrays. Without data in this field the class reloads just fine, otherwise if fails and says the XML is corrupted.
As you can see in my backup vi I have built in a work around that flattens the waveform arrays to strings, drops them back into the class private data, deletes the waveform arrays and then writes the class. This works! Much to my surprise both waveform data and the rest of the class data are written to file and reloaded without error.
Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this?
If I create a DVR in a dynamically launched VI, the DVR ref goes stale when it's passed back to the caller. Anybody know why? See the attached code (LV15) for an example.
I don't want to use the ACBR node right now because I want to set some control values of the VI ref on a different diagram than the one that will run it. (I just want to pass the VI ref between calling diagrams, not all the values that'll be passed into it.)
After reading this LabVIEW Idea exchange request:
I was inspired to create VI macro(s) to attempt to address the problem mentioned in the request. Attached is my first attempt and I'm looking for feedback since I know people here have strong opinions. The benefit of this method is that a single vim (or 2 could replace a polymorphic VI with over 48 separate VIs....unless I'm missing something. I know that VI macros are not officially supported by NI, but that hasn't stopped us from using unsupported features before. Some people have probably already done something like this, but I couldn't find an example.
To use the files, unzip them and copy them all to your \LabVIEW (version)\user.lib\macros\ directory.
Create the directory if it does not exist. For example: C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2014\user.lib\macros\ And as described in the wait-ms-with pass through post below, modify your LabVIEW.ini file to have the following ExternalNodesEnabled=True and Optionally XNodeWizardMode=True http://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW-Idea-Exchange/Wait-ms-with-error-pass-through/idc-p/3178218#M31820
Open the Example Changed.vi and review.