Still thinking in G – one busy year

Posted on Thursday 6 July 2006

Welcome to the new home of Thinking in G. You’ll notice that we now have our own web address, ThinkingInG.com. Previously, this site’s content was hosted on the LAVA blogs site (and I am very thankful to Michael A. and the LAVA community for this valuable service). Looking forward, I have a lot of exciting things planned for Thinking in G, which require a stand-alone website — so, here we are.

You might have also noticed that I’ve been very quiet for many months. And, since I’ve usually got a lot to say, this might have seemed a bit strange. But, I haven’t really been silent, I’ve simply been out of earshot. I’ve been working on what has been, without a doubt, the largest single project (writing, software, or otherwise) that I have ever undertaken, the 3rd edition of LabVIEW for Everyone. And, once you take a look at all the new material (the book has almost doubled in size) you’ll understand why I’ve been in hiding for so long.

LabVIEW for Everyone This book, which Jeffrey Travis graciously invited me to co-author with him, is the product of two years of planning and hard work (and builds upon the existing basis of material in the first two editions) and brings LabVIEW for Everyone up to date, covering the many new features introduced into LabVIEW by versions 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, and 8.0 (a lot of features). There are many interesting challenges to writing a book about a software product. Simply saying that it’s “like shooting a moving target” does not adequately capture the experience, but I’ll forgo finding an appropriate comparison. Interestingly, I did write several software applications (written in LabVIEW, of course) to help me automate various “writing” tasks such as renumbering of figures, building the table of contents, and so on. If enough people are interested, I’d be happy to talk more about the whole authoring process, otherwise I’ll spare you the details. (I’m sure that enough people have already talked about this before.)

Did I mention that the book is finished? The only thing left is to wait for it come off the press and show up at the bookstore. It will be ready in time for NI Week, which was a one of our main goals for the book release.

jki_niweek_06.pngWhat’s NI Week? It’s only the most important event in the world, if you’re a LabVIEW developer who loves to eat BBQ, drink beer, and hang out with other like-minded individuals. Of course, I’ll be there, and I can’t wait to see all my good friends from LAVA, OpenG, Info-LabVIEW, and NI. So, if you want to chat with me about anything, NI Week is a great opportunity. JKI will have a booth and we will also be hanging out in the LabVIEW Zone on the expo floor. I’ll be posting more about this year’s NI Week adventures in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

What’s in store for Thinking in G? A lot more high-quality LabVIEW technical content. One thing that was reaffirmed by my adventures in book writing is that I love to write about LabVIEW. This experience also made me realize that I need a medium where I can publish in real-time about things while they are still technically relevant and useful to the reader and that is much less linear and with multiple views into the body of information. Here at Thinking in G, the possibilities are endless and you, the reader, will get a whole lot more out the material.

So, welcome back (I’ve really missed you all). I look forward to many great things to come. There is a lot happening in the LabVIEW world, and much more on the horizon.


  1.  
    Yen
    July 6, 2006 | 1:14 pm
     

    Interesting. I happened to wonder in here a couple of days ago, was surprised to see that no new post has been made since the one I saw several months ago and so promptly left. I guess I know why now.

    The authoring process would probably be interesting to hear about, but at the moment I would be more interested in hearing about the “lot more high-quality LabVIEW technical content” you talked about. What kind of content? Are you planning regular updates? Wouldn’t LAVA as an existing forum be more suited for this? I have a feeling that the NI blogs, for example, don’t get nearly as much traffic as it does. It’s simply hard to follow everything and not everyone use RSS.

    P.S. Congratulations for the new site and for finishing the book.

    P.P.S. Maybe it’s just me, but the design of the page is a bit problematic. The entire commenting section looks like its enabled state is 2 ;) and that the Leave a comment line is there to turn it on.

  2.  
    July 6, 2006 | 1:48 pm
     

    Yen,

    > I would be more interested in hearing about the \”lot more high-quality LabVIEW technical content\” you talked about. What kind of content?

    One of my main goals, here, is to write about professional LabVIEW software development. LabVIEW is continuing to evolve as a better software development tool, and I\’ve got a lot of thoughts on this matter.

    > Are you planning regular updates?

    Yes. I am going to try to post at least one technical article, per month, and smaller postings (thoughts and announcements) weekly.

    > Wouldn\’t LAVA as an existing forum be more suited for this?

    For publishing technical content that I have authored, this site will suits my needs. LAVA is a great forum for a group discussion. I would be very happy if some of my articles sprout interesting discussions there and I will certainly participate in those discussions. The two are not mutually exclusive.

    > P.S. Congratulations for the new site and for finishing the book.

    Thanks :-)

    > P.P.S. Maybe it\’s just me, but the design of the page is a bit problematic. The entire commenting section looks like its enabled state is 2 ;) and that the Leave a comment line is there to turn it on.

    Yes, it\’s a little grey (pun intended) as to how to use the comments form — we\’ll see how it goes.

    Cheers,

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