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Our best wishes go out to the June 2011 “Of the Month” award recipients: Community Member of the Month, jwdz, and Blog of the Month, Bits and Bots!


Community Member of the Month: jwdz

We congratulate jwdz for creating the “Thinking in LabVIEW” group and for his ongoing Chinese language technical contributions within the LabVIEW community. Also, we recognize jwdz for developing the LabVIEW 365 website in order to share his LabVIEW learning process with others. Continue reading about jwdz in the Community Member of the Month post!



Community Blog of the Month: Bits and Bots

Bits and Bots is the blog for Enable Training and Consulting, Inc. (ETC). ETC takes pride in helping people and organizations implement and share ideas. The blog’s contents discuss LabVIEW, LEGO, and Learning. To find out more, read the Community Blog of the Month post!


Tim Samaras, severe-storms researcher and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” will deliver the closing keynote address at NIWeek 2011. Samaras uses LabVIEW, NI CompactDAQ and DIAdem to successfully acquire and analyze data from tornadoes across the United States.


Samaras has chased storms for almost 30 years and currentlyspends May and June of each year in a truck tracking tornadoes. He and his team predict where a tornado will occur and then drop several probes in the tornado’s path to measure humidity, static pressure, temperature, wind speed and direction. The information gathered by these probes not only contributes to the knowledge of how and why tornadoes form, but also can be used to save lives by predicting a tornado’s future path.


Samaras holds the Guinness World Record for measuring the lowest pressure within a tornado and is the only person to successfully collect video from inside a tornado. In addition, he co-authored the book “TornadoHunter,” which details some of his most harrowing experiences chasing storms.


Watch the video below to learn more about Samaras and his role as a storm chaser.





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With object orientation in NI LabVIEW software, you can use powerful design patterns to improve the scalability and maintainability of your code.


During this presentation, get an introduction to some of these patterns and object orientation by comparing them with traditional implementations. Also, learn how you can use them in a hardware abstraction layer to mitigate hardware obsolescence.


Presented by Elijah Kerry, LabVIEW Product Manager, Wednesday, July 13, at 11:00 a.m. CST. Register now!


The Graphical System Design Achievement Awards (GSDAA) is the National Instruments annual technical application contest, showcasing the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware. This year more than 305 authors from around the world submitted technical papers that depict their greatest achievements in graphical system design.


But only one can win the 2011 GSDAA Community's Choice Award, so make it happen for your favorite finalist! Voting will remain open until Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5 p.m. CST.


Join the NIWeek 2011 community to find out how to vote for the 2011 GSDAA Community's Choice Award.





There are differences between programming LabVIEW applications for general-purpose OSs, such as Windows, and creating LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA applications. This virtual user group presentation will cover these differences and compare the LabVIEW project experience, palettes, programming patterns, common pitfalls, and more.


The session is presented as part of the LabVIEW User Group Program, which provides an opportunity for LabVIEW users to interact with NI R&D and product managers as well as with other users around the world. Each hour-long session is presented online, and registration is free.


Presented by Casey Weltzin, Product Manager, LabVIEW Real-Time, Wednesday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. CT. Register now!


Congrats to the May 2011 “Of the Month” award recipients: Community Member of the Month, Jack Dunaway, and Blog of the Month, LabVIEW for Large Application Development!


Community Member of the Month: Jack Dunaway

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Jack Dunaway (Alias: JackDunaway) is recognized for his submissions in the LabVIEW Idea Exchange, his notable technical contributions in the NI forums, and his widely viewed LabVIEW coding contest submission. This is just a snapshot of Jack’s active participation in the LabVIEW community. Read more about Jack in the Community Member of the Month blog!

Community Blog of the Month: LabVIEW for Large Application Development

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The LabVIEW for Large Application Development blog is an integral component of the LabVIEW for LargeApps Community. The blog is written by LabVIEW Product Manager, Elijah Kerry who collaborates with customers as well as references engineering best practices and ideas that are shared within the community. For more insight into the LabVIEW for LargeApps Community and the group’s blog, check out the Community Blog of the Month blog!