European CLA Summit 2016


I am sat in a hotel lobby after the European CLA summit blown away by the amount of talent coming through in the LabVIEW community.

The CLA summit is an event designed for LabVIEW Architects to come together and share concepts and ideas to continue learning after the end of the NI courses.

It was a huge event this year, with I believe around 140 attendees with a great proportion of new faces.

Some of my personal favourites:

  • James Powell presented by showing changes he would make to the standard QMH template to make it less likely to hit bugs by thinking “What would a subVI do?”. An earlier form of this discussion changed the way I view this pattern and I think that everyone should see it!
  • The G Code Manager – A simple plugin tool that can greatly speed up managing some of the properties of VIs and classes. This is now online here and I am definitely going to be trying it out.
  • LabVIEW Channels – Jeff Kodosky presented these and the more I learn about these the more intrigued I get. Especially when Stephen Loftus-Mercer illustrates a potential new design pattern using them.
  • LabVIEW Containers from Chris Cilino – Similarly I have seen bits of these a few times but something resonated a lot more this time. I saw it more as where it could save me time and will be looking to try these out.

But I have to say there was not one bad presentation. They all gave me ideas from looking at continuous integration in LabVIEW again to thinking about our role as a community and what we need to do to bring it forward.

Naturally, I couldn’t help but get up myself. I presented my unit testing methodology which I have previously written about and a short presentation about a command line tool I’m working on (expect to see something here on that soon!)

Finally, I find some of these things are best summarised by twitter!




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