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Number of customers have asked me for the NIWeek 2011 Technical Presentations slide set and the many demos in the expo floor. Here is a link of the same. Please let me know if you have any questions. 





Jeff Kodosky's LabVIEW Analogy

Posted by Steve Aug 8, 2011

NIWeek was a blast - 3,300 engineers and scientists converged on Austin for a 3-day conference on all things National Instruments - from LabVIEW to PXI to cRIO. There was a flurry of new product announcements including LabVIEW 2011.


The Keynote videos are available at They are broken up into smaller segments so you can watch the videos most relative to what you do. Our local team in Washington and Oregon is ready to bring the highlights to your company- contact any of us if you'd like to set up a review at your company of the new technologies from NI.


I enjoyed Jeff Kodosky's keynote address on the history of LabVIEW. Jeff is "The Father of LabVIEW" and has been thinking about graphical programming languages every day for over 25 years. I recommend watching his keynote at the link above. In his talk, he uses an interesting analogy of graphical programming, using the website Cooking for Engineers. I find it interesting that adapting cooking to the engineering community is best done by taking traditional text recipes and re-writing them as, you guessed it, graphical code. Here's the recipe for a Macaroni and Cheese Bake:


It's not perfect, and it would benefit from more images. Jeff has a good re-write of a recipe in his keynote using icons. He points out the many benefits of the graphical approach- it's easier to see the parallel processes, for example.


Just some food for thought. And while you are thinking about it, sign up for our Summer User Group BBQ, Aug 23 at Gene Coulon Park. Register here for more details.