I was at our local LabVIEW User Group meeting and the main presentation was from a National Instruments Engineer on Object Oriented Programming. I thought the presentation was very good and to paraphrase one of the other attendees, this was the only time I’ve discussed Object Oriented and LabVIEW and left thinking that I need to explore this more.
I’m not a computer programmer by training so a lot of the OO concepts are somewhat new to me, but here it was presented more like a glorified cluster. And then with this cluster, you can designate VIs that go with those clusters. In the presentation, the concept just seemed to be so much simpler than I first thought (as I guess usually happens in these kinds of demonstrations).
I think I’ll start off looking at the Othello example from the contest earlier this year. And then I’ll look a little into the Hardware Abstraction Layer stuff, but that will be the topic for a future LUG meeting.
I went to my first LabVIEW User Group meeting yesterday. Jed, one of the NI sales reps (and the rep for my company), mentioned that the Oklahoma LUG gets 140 people every time. Wow. We had a more modest ~25, but there were 3 Certified LabVIEW Architects there along with a certified Instructor. I’m only a Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) and that’s only because they were offering the test for free a while back.
Mostly though, Jed and Craig (another local NI sales rep) discussed new hardware released at NIWeek a few months ago and the newest version of LabVIEW. It’s funny though that a feature like the new booleans so impresses this group of people.
I know there were other features discussed, but for me at least, this is the one that I’ll remember and is the one I actually discussed with a few people at the meeting.
Anyway, if you’re a LabVIEW programmer or just a test engineer of some sort, I would suggest attending these meetings. Good networking and some good content too.