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We've announced the sessions for LabVIEW Developer Days 2014, you can view them here. I'm excited about the agenda - it'll be a great day.

We'll have a full day in Seattle on April 22 and Portland on April 24. Register now to become a part of this event.


Seneca 5, one of our local Alliance Partners in Seattle, has introduced an operator interface. Leave it to a LabVIEW guy like me to get excited about a few real buttons!

This gives your operators a real button to press, and it gives you LabVIEW code that's easy to integrate into your program. See more about the interface at:


If you missed NIWeek, or if you want to reference material you saw while you were there, you can access the material on this community site:


They are presented in a podcast format with links to various resources in the notes.


You can also participate in our NIDays events, hosted in 50 cities around the world. The closest event to the Northwest is in San Jose on Dec 12. More information about these events is at


Summer SLUGs BBQ!

Posted by Steve Jun 28, 2013

Join us on July 16th for our annual Summer BBQ. This is a casual way to meet other LabVIEW Developers in the area and enjoy some good food.


Talos Embedded Systems will be hosting our BBQ this year at their facility in Bellevue. They have a great open-air roof where we can enjoy a great view of Bellevue, race RC cars, and eat some good food.


Talos is located next to Vetco Electronics in Bellevue, right off of 520. Park in the rear and take the elevator to the top level, suite 400. You'll find us there.


The event is 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Please register so we can plan food appropriately at s/lang/en.


Internship Opportunities

Posted by Steve Feb 14, 2013

Are you investing in the future of your group? Do you have a network of potential employees and relationships with local school programs? Do you have projects that need a boost which would be interesting to a new engineer just starting their career?

There are some great univesity and college programs in the Pacific Northwest graduating some excellent scientists and engineers. You can tap into that talent pool through a good internship program. Don't know how to find an intern? Let me know- my sales teams in Washington and Oregon work with all of the local schools and know many of the departments. We can connect you to a program where you can meet local interns and see if there is a good fit for an internship at your program. Just email me at and let me know if you are looking for interns.


We can also help your intern get ready for their summer job. If they will be using LabVIEW, we can work with them now to get them a copy of LabVIEW and training so that they start their intership ready to go. Again, just send me a note so we can coordinate the details.


FIRST Mentor Information Meeting

Posted by Steve Dec 10, 2012

If you happen live on the south side of Seattle, stop by a Mentor Information Meeting being held at Auburn High School. We'll have several robots set up and students available to answer questions about the program. We want to let you know what it takes to be a mentor so you can see if it is a good fit for you. We'll talk about the experience we need, how much time it takes, and how rewarding it can be.



Date:  Dec 12, 2012

Time:  5-8 pm (drop in anytime)

Location:  Auburn High School. Park in the PAC lot, then look for room 708- it's one of the closest to the lot.

Address: 800 4th Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002  (but enter from Main Street, the south side of the school)

Who should attend:  Anyone interested in FIRST Robotics mentoring. We need engineers, technicians, programmers, fabricators, fundraisers, project managers, advertising, and any adult willing to help with the many aspects of the program.


For more information:  Jan Erie,


Invite your friends!


On Nov 13 & 15 National Instruments hosted an event in Portland and Seattle. The NI Technical Symposium brought presenters from National Instruments out to share the latest technologies and trends in the automated test and embedded test markets.


These presentations have been posted to


If you'd like more information about any of these topics, contact your local NI Sales Engineer. He can talk to you about any of these technologies.


Window 8 support for NI Products

Posted by Steve Oct 26, 2012

Microsoft released Windows 8 today. It's an exciting announcement with a lot of expectations on the Microsoft development team. We are excited about Windows 8 at National Instruments - we continue to benefit from technology advances in PC technologies. Some of these technologies benefit us directly, while other technologies enable us to improve the development of our tools.


We started testing Windows 8 as soon as we could get a pre-release version of it. Over the last several months, we've tested most of our products and have a web site dedicated to what we've found - and what you need to know about NI product support in Windows 8. Visit to get all of the details, including known issues with Windows 8 and recommended workarounds


Now that Windows 8 is officially out, we'll soon release versions of our products designed specifically for this new OS. Until then, make sure you check this web site to handle your compatibility questions.


We have details for the NI Technical Symposium 2012! We'll once again host this event in Portland and Seattle.This is a great event to meet NI technical experts, see new technologies from NI, and network with other engineers from the Pacific Northwest.


Portland NI Technical Symposium

Date:  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Time:  8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location:  Tektronix Conference Center (Bldg 38), 3025 SW Zworykin Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97077


Seattle NI Technical Symposium

Date:  Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Time:  8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036


We are excited about the agenda we have lined up this year:


For more information, and to register, visit and select the city of the event. There is no cost, but registration is recommended to secure a spot and help us plan for lunch.


Announcing the next Seattle LabVIEW User Group Meeting! We have a new location- our SLUGs meeting will now be held at Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond. Come join us to see the new facility and to meet our presenter.


I'm excited about our agenda- Omar Mussa of JKI Engineering will present on Continuous Integration:

"Fire and Forget: Bulletproof Builds Using Continuous Integration With LabVIEW"

With continuous integration (CI), you never have to manually build code. A build server automatically builds the application when new code changes are checked in and sends reports when problems are encountered. Omar Mussa shows how JKI created an automated CI system for LabVIEW code using free, off-the-shelf tools and how this can add value to your project development process."


Omar presented this topic at NIWeek with great reviews. It will be a great topic for this meeting.


We'll warm up with a "New features in LabVIEW 2012" presentation.


Here are the meeting details:


Date:  Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 pm

Address:  DigiPen Institute of Technology, 9931 Willows Road Northeast, Redmond, WA


More about DigiPen:


We will meet in the cafeteria for pizza, then head to the meeting room for the presentations. As you walk in to the main entrance you will be directed to the right room.


Please register at s/lang/en




The season is underway for FIRST Tech Challenge. High Schools with teams of up to 10 students build robots that must fit into an 18" cube. Teams are building their robots now, and will compete in December against other teams throughout the Northwest. Many teams use this to train their First Robotics Teams for the big competition that starts in January.


We have an urgent need for engineers to work as mentors for the teams across the Northwest. You don't have be an expert in robotics- teams need someone who can approach a problem with a disciplined approach and can solve problems the way engineers do.


One school in particular in need of help is Franklin High School, near Seward Park south of Seattle. This school faces many challenges and FTC is attracting a large number of students who see this as a great opportunity. The program is in its first year at this school so the student interest is far out-stripping the available mentors.


If you can help out at Franklin HS, or any schools in the Northwest, please contact me at and I'll connect you to the team coaches.


Thank you!


I hope you are planning to attend NIWeek 2012! We are planning on another great year, with severals days of technical discussions, test-focused trade shows, and industry networking opportunities in Austin, Texas.


Early-bird registration saves you $150 but ends this week on May 31.


Let your local sales resource know if you plan to attend. We are organizing a couple of meetings for our local users to get together during the week, and we want to make sure you are invited.


VI Directory Preview

Posted by Steve Feb 27, 2012

At our Developer Days Conference last week, we had some discussion around how to find the right VI when you are looking at a directory. Ideally, Windows Explorer would show you the Front Panel of each VI in the directory. But it doesn't. Mike Engle of Xerox sent me a great tool that solves this problem using LabVIEW.


This VI lets you select a directory, and it lists the VI's in that directory. As you click on any VI in the directory, it brings up an image of the Front Panel and the Block Diagram:



I added the code to this post. Feel free to download and use it, but it is fully un-supported code. If you make improvements, post it up for us to enjoy!




The presentations from the Developer Education Day are now posted at . These were great sessions, so take some time to review the material and implement some of these practices into your LabVIEW code. Thanks for supoorting this event - it's a great way to interact with our customers.


LabVIEW Developer Education Day

Posted by Steve Feb 14, 2012

We are excited to present our next LabVIEW Developer Education Day! We are working hard to improve the content at this year's event. One big change this year is that our Field Architects, professional LabVIEW programmers we've hired to work for us, are more involved in the agenda and content. We are fortunate to have Nancy Hollenback, long-time LabVIEW programmer and now NI Field Architect, presenting at this year's event in Seattle and Portland.


In addition to the great content you'll receive in these presentations, each attendee will also receive a $200 dicsount voucher toward training or certification. We have a lunch panel to discuss how to squeeze the most productivity out of LabVIEW, and we'll wrap the day up with prep sessions for the CLD and CLAD exams. And NI is providing lunch at the event as well.


There is no cost to attend, but we do need you to register so we can plan lunch appopriately. Please register at for Beaverton, Oregon or Lynnwood, Washington.



The sessions for Seattle and Portland include:

Best Practices for Designing Real-Time and FPGA Applications

Creating and Managing Reusable Code in LabVIEW

Best Practices for Deploying, Replicating, and Managing Real-Time and FPGA applications

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Functional Global Variables

Error Handling Best Practices

Designing Scalable LabVIEW Applications with Object-Oriented Programming

Certified LabVIEW Developer Preparation Class

Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Preparation Class


See the full agenda at the registration link.


See you at the event!

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