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Removing .svn folders from a working copy with TortoiseSVN

On Stefan’s blog on TortoiseSVN, he describes a trick that can be used to “unversion” an svn working copy — basically, how to remove all the .svn folders from a working copy.  This is something that I do, periodically, so it’s nice to learn a new shortcut — and, I love shortcuts.
I figured that [...]

Planning for software reuse is easy — mining is hard

One of the best places to find reusable code is in your old projects.  However, “mining” your old projects for “reuse gems” (sorting through every VI, looking for sparkly little gems of general-purpose code that have immense value) is simply not an effective use of time or energy.

For example, if you were a miner looking [...]

XML comes free (but not easy) with LabVIEW 8.6

One of the great new features in LabVIEW 8.6 is the built-in set of functions for parsing XML.  Having an XML parser built-into LabVIEW is really a wonderful thing (previously, these VIs were part of the Internet Toolkit which was a paid, add on).  This makes XML a lot more accessible for LabVIEW developers.
The XML [...]

A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken – fix it with a Wavit

At yesterday evening’s Bay Area LabVIEW User Group meeting, I saw a very cool LabVIEW demo given by Anders Grunnet-Jepsen.  Anders’ company, ThinkOptics, makes the Wavit remote control, which is basically a combined remote-control and pointing/gesturing device for computers and media PCs.  If that doesn’t make sense, just think of it as a Wii Remote [...]

What’s that .lvlps file next to my LabVIEW 8.6 project?

I’m lucky enough to have a new project that will be developed in LabVIEW 8.6, so I get to use various new features (like Darren’s awesome Quick Drop tool).
When jumping head first into a new LabVIEW version there are bound to be some unknowns.  In my case, I noticed that, after saving my project (.lvproj) [...]

Google Chrome – A new web browser that’s fast and simple

Google has done it again.  They’ve just introducing a new web browser called Chrome that is fast, easy to use, and has lots of nice features — oh ya, it’s also very pleasant to look at.  If Microsoft wasn’t worried before, they had better be worried, now.
Here’s a screenshot of chrome in action:

What I immediately [...]

Squeezing LabVIEW into Universities

NI is hard at work enabling young people to learn about science, math, and engineering via LabVIEW with products Lego WeDo and Mindstorms, as well as sponsorship and involvement in the FIRST Robotics Competitions.  In addition to doing a great thing by helping young people learn, a side effect is that LabVIEW is being squeezed [...]

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