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New to LabVIEW? Check out our 'Intro to LabVIEW' guide!

February 9, 2015

So you've been to Core 1 and Core 2. Good start.

You've also experimented with LabVIEW and started making some VIs of your own. Even better.

But now after a few weeks/months/years of not using LabVIEW you wake up and you've forgotten how it all works and all the things you've learned. Whoops. Even worse, your boss reminds you about your deadline that requires some LabVIEW development and, by the way, is right around the corner. Not so good.

Ugh. So what do I do?

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Getting Started with the Actor Framework - Part I

January 26, 2015

The Actor Framework has become the defacto standard tool for developing large, maintainable, and scalable applications in LabVIEW.  For many LabVIEW developers, however, the learning curve associated with the Actor Framework seems like it is much too steep for them to take advantage of its many benefits.  The purpose of this article is to help developers who are familiar with the common design patterns of “procedural” LabVIEW development transition to the Actor Framework.  Hopefully, by the end of this article you will see that the Actor Framework is not quite so different from the patterns


Planning for ATE Success at NIDays

January 13, 2015

Bloomy supported the automated test community with informative presentations and practical exhibits at NIDays North America conferences late in 2014.  Turnkey Systems Manager Grant Gothing presented “Plan for Success with Automated Test” to standing-room-only crowds who learned best practices for creating test requirements, specifying instrumentation, defining interconnects, and selecting the right software architecture.

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Fast LabVIEW Dictionaries

October 3, 2014

Lets start with the basics. What is a dictionary?  A dictionary provides a mapping of key, value pairs.  They allow a programmer to store a value under a key and look it up later.

A naive implementation could be done with two arrays, one to store the keys, and one to store the values.  For managing a few keys this is fine, but once the number of keys grows large enough, this will begin to suffer because a lookup will have to inspect all elements, resulting in a computation complexity of O(n).

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S.O.L.I.D. Software: One Thing

September 21, 2014

Have you ever wondered if a film about an aging Manhattanite being roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest could help you write better software?  

City Slickers

Nested deep within the complex social commentary of the movie "City Slickers" there is a scene in which Curly, a software engineer turned cowboy, gives Mitch Robbins, the titular city slicker, advice on how to write great software.

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In-Circuit vs. Functional Test

September 11, 2014

As manufacturing processes improve and circuitry has moved from discrete components to highly-integrated programmable components, effective test strategies must now place more emphasis on functional test rather than in-circuit test (ICT).

In-circuit test performs a “schematic verification” by testing individual components of a printed circuit board (PCBA) one at a time by comparison against a software model of some parameters of the component. It is not done “at speed” and does not verify interoperability but is very effective at finding manufacturing defects.

ICT excels at:

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ATE Best Practices Presentation

August 14, 2014

Bloomy had a strong presence at NIWeek 2014, with the biggest Alliance Partner booth that included an engaging bicycle generator that hundreds tested their stamina on, as well as many presentations by Bloomy staff in various conference tracks. 

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NY-BEST Grand Opening Features Bloomy

May 12, 2014

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) test and commercialization center celebrated its grand opening in Eastman Business Park on April 30. NY-BEST partnered with DNV GL (formerly DNV KEMA) and local New York entities such as New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Empire State Development to create the commercialization center.  This center promises to stimulate the rapidly growing energy technology storage industry by providing crucial product development services to test the viability and performance of innovative energy storage technologies before they are introduced to the marketplace.



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