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On the Road Again – NI Technical Symposium tour

Having a great product is an opportunity to do great marketing.  And, since JKI recently released VIPM Professional 2.0, part of our “great marketing” strategy is to travel to several cities across the United States for the NI Technical Symposium (NITS) 2008 tour (beginning this week) to show people how they can save time and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

OpenG – Committed to Green Engineering Since 2001

I read a funny rant today, green gone wrong, by JA Varnell. This got me thinking…
OpenG has been green since 2001! In fact, we’re known throughout the LabVIEW community for how green our VIs are
But, that’s not the only way that OpenG is green.  Think of all the energy (both [...]

Your child can be a LabVIEW wiz kid!

This year, at NIWeek 2008, we saw a demo of the new Lego WeDo platform that allows primary school students, 7–11 years of age, to build and program Lego robots.  The demo was given by a youngster named Sara, who showed how to program robotic animals like a pro, using LabVIEW. (here’s a video of [...]

Why I blog

Recently, a couple blogs that I follow discussed why they blog.  I figured that I would add to the discussion by sharing why I blog... In 2002, I founded JKI, a LabVIEW consulting company that also dabbles in LabVIEW software product development.  When you work as a consultant, it's easy to start equating every hour as potential billable income, which makes it difficult (by simple [...]

Top 5 signs you’ve lost control of your reusable VIs

Top 5 signs you’re not in control of your reusable VIs.
# 5 – You (and your team) aren’t using the reuse library.
You used to have big plans for your reusable VIs.  You organized them.  You had meetings to review them.  You assigned someone the job to clean them up and create a great big library for everyone [...]

Announcement: Comments RSS Feed for “Thinking in G”

I have just set up an RSS feed of all the comments on “Thinking in G” to make it easier for everyone to participate in the lively discussions that follow the articles.
And, I’d like to take this moment to give a big “thank you” to all the readers of Thinking in G — especially those [...]

Cool New LabVIEW Project Features in 8.5

I just got done watching a great video tutorial of some cool new LabVIEW 8.5 project explorer features in Christina Rogers’ latest blog article, Project File Management Enhancements.
Here are some of the new favorites that got me excited:

Save As (on your project file) — LabVIEW 8.0 and 8.2 do not have Save As for a [...]

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