I've just finished attending my first NI Week, and I've definitely picked up a bunch of useful skills! Having started with LabVIEW less than a year ago, I took advantage of learning the latest technologies, best practices, and tried and true architectures during my stay in Austin. Getting to hear from LabVIEW and Test Automation experts or NI staff was particularly useful. Many of them had 10-15 years experience in the field or developing tools at NI. Additionally, some great team building activities with other DMCers such as paddle boarding made this trip a lot of fun! Trekking a mile and a half through 105 degree Texas heat to sample the legendary Torchy's Tacos on our last day was pretty memorable as well.
Some of my favorite parts of the technical sessions involved picking up the latest tips, tricks, and best practices. Learning the "why" behind design choices depending on the situation was useful to hear from other Alliance Members outside of DMC. From an in-depth discussion of designing applications with the Queued Message Handler architecture to the new capabilities of user events for 2013, there have been many additions to my tool box for solving problems using LabVIEW. The opportunity to interact with the NI developers that created many of the tools and APIs that are available was interesting as well.
One of NI's Technologies that was particularly interesting for standardizing test applications was TestStand. During a hands on session I used TestStand with a PXI controller, and I was able to get a good feel for its capabilities. Applications requiring test sequencing and scheduling, customized report generation, and data logging could potentially take advantage of this software and speed up development time. We'll definitely be on the lookout for future projects that could take advantage of this tool!
Overall, NI Week was a success, and I can't wait to try out what I've learned on my next LabVIEW project!
Check out other NI Week 2013 blog posts:
DMC at NI Week 2013
New FPGA Tools from NI and Xilinx at NI Week 2013
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