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If you can’t think of something great to say…

( Rants )

Hopefully, I’m not contradicting myself right now by writing this post, but I think it is worth stating:
If you can’t think of something great to say, don’t say anything at all.
Joel Spolsky just pointed out a perfect example of how being redundant and wordy can make your product look lame.
In today’s world of information overload, [...]

Customizing the LabVIEW Palettes is (Ridiculously) Hard

( JKI and LabVIEW and LabVIEW Tips and Rants and VIPM )
Have you ever tried editing the LabVIEW palettes in order to integrate your reusable VIs into LabVIEW?  If you have then you've undoubtedly experienced the frustration of finding your VIs missing from your custom palettes, at some point. Maybe you didn't realize one of the following facts about *.mnu files: Tip: you can skip over this list, because it's probably completely [...]

A Challenge to NI: Use your Application Builder

I'd like to challenge developers at NI to find more ways to incorporate stand-alone (built) LabVIEW applications into their internal systems and processes. One of the major pain points in my day-to-day use of LabVIEW (which I love) is building stand-alone applications. I suspect that the reason this is so painful for me is that (in addition to my use cases [...]

The Diagram Disable Structure causes bugs

( LabVIEW and LabVIEW Tips and Rants )
One LabVIEW features that I both love and hate is the Diagram Disable Structure.  I love the fact that you can comment out code, especially broken or stub (unfinished) code.  However, I hate the fact that output tunnels of the Diagram Disable Structure are set to "Use Default if Unwired", because it causes buggy code.  Here's an example... Let's say that we [...]

Did National Instruments forget about Virtual Instruments?

It’s been over 20 years now that National Instruments has been refining LabVIEW as a powerful test, measurement, and automation platform, as well as a general purpose graphical data flow programming language. For many years, LabVIEW’s slogan was " the software is the instrument ". NI even named the basic building block [...]

Using XML Data in LabVIEW is Hard

( LabVIEW and Rants and XML )
XML, which stands for e “9″>Xtensible “75″>Markup “11″>Language, is text-based data format (or language) that is human readable and can be used to create arbitrary data structures.  It is designed to facilitate sharing structured data across many different systems.  Here is a simple example of XML data: “53″><Person Nationality=”US”> “font-family: courier new,courier,monospace;” zid=”20″> “54″>  <Name> “font-family: courier new,courier,monospace;” zid=”21″> [...]

Rant: Why don’t desktop applications have a “rename document” option?

One of the things that annoys me about most software applications is how the File>>Save As... dialog doesn't have a "rename" check box (or some other easy way to rename and/or move a file on disk). When renaming a document, you usually have to do it one of two ways: 1) Close the document, rename it on [...]

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