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Jim Kring

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  1. Hey Brian. I just asked about this, and the primary thinking is this: even though it's a no-op, it serves to document how to user the "Data: Cleanup" frame. Also, in the case where someone might change the VI Reference constant to an Open VI Reference, it's helpful that we're actually closing it. Why would someone call Open VI Reference? I'm not sure, but one thing I thought of is when a VI wants to hold a reference to itself open, so that if it's Front Panel isn't visible and it's running because someone else opened it by reference to it, then it won't be "garbage collected" (aborted and destroyed) when the reference count goes to zero (since it won't go to zero if it opens an explicit reference to itself). Does that make sense? Do you have any thoughts about that?
  2. Hi Jim, Thanks for your patience in waiting for a response. That's great that you're helping your colleague's learn LabVIEW and how to use the JKI State Machine. We're actually working on some presentation/training material for new users. For now, I would recommend: Watch Video Tutorials Learn Best Practices Use the JKI State Machine Editor
  3. The JKI State Machine for LabVIEW is an easy-to-use yet powerful state machine template. It is the very same template that is used by the JKI team, nearly every day, and is the result of years of refinement by our team of LabVIEW™ experts. JKI State Machine Project Homepage Get JKI State Machine Watch Video Tutorials Learn Best Practices JKI State Machine Editor
  4. Hi Fabiola. That's fair. I guess I'm trying to figure out the volume of support calls. The solution for users is to upgrade VIPM (assuming they can), so the presumed support impact is low. Of course, that's unknown to you (or do you have information/data about it actually being a support problem)? Hi Chris. We haven't officially abandoned Mac and Linux. We may decide to release a new version for Linux and Mac, if there is enough customer need.
  5. Hey Fab, Users of older versions of LabVIEW are able to easily upgrade to newer versions of VIPM -- right now, the error dialog users see when they try to open a package that's an older format could be more helpful in suggesting an upgrade (via check for updates, right in that workflow). Is upgrading to newer versions of VIPM a problem for your users? Do you have data on how many of your users can't upgrade to the latest version of VIPM (for one reason or another)? Do you know what's preventing your users from upgrading? I'm sure you can appreciate that investing development resources in features that disincentive upgrading, in most cases, probably doesn't make good business sense. It probably makes more sense to invest those resources into features that make it attractive for users to upgrade. Of course, it's all a balance. -Jim
  6. Sorry for the delay in response, James. I think this could (in part) be because VI Tester has not been mass compiled. If you mass compile it, does it launch faster? Or, do you think it's a function of the number of tests in your project? -Jim
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  8. I just fixed the Knowledge Base link, thanks. Yes, that's the work-around we're proposing. For what it's worth, the bug traced back to a cluster constant on the block diagram that had the wrong cluster order for Client ID and Server ID. It was very hard to track down, since it looked like everything was working -- the swapping of values actually happened right at a dynamic Call by Reference of a VI that has its FP controls hidden (so can't debug) and BD password protected
  9. Hi Steen, David. Big apologies for the long delay in resolving this issue -- I wish I had a good excuse for that, but I don't, other than it was tricky to track down the root cause and it wasn't prioritized. Fortunately, there is a simple work-around for VIPM 2014 - VIPM 2018 (see Knowledge Base: Deactivation Fails for Licensed Add-ons built with VIPM) and a fix coming in VIPM 2018f1.
  10. VI Package Manager (VIPM), JKI's flagship toolkit ships with LabVIEW and allows you to discover, create, and share LabVIEW add-ons. VIPM gives you instant access to the add-ons on the LabVIEW Tools Network. Get VIPM, Learn More Release Notes, Knowledge Base, Idea Exchange
  11. This issue has been resolved in VIPM 2018. Stay tuned and let us know if you need early access.
  12. Caraya is an assertion and unit test framework for LabVIEW that is simple and fast. It takes a whole new approach to unit testing; your VI is your test. Caraya allows you to convert your manual test VIs you use to debug your code into unit test cases with nearly no effort. This significantly lowers the barrier to systematicaly write unit tests for your project leading into improved overall code quality for real-world projects where developers don't always have the luxury to write unit test cases first. Caraya Project Homepage Get Caraya
  13. Update: I've added a little bit of documentation about this, here: https://github.com/JKISoftware/JKI-EasyXML/blob/master/README.md#reading-raw-xml-into-strings-using-the-xml-suffix-in-string-labelname
  14. Update: I've added a little bit of documentation about this, here: https://github.com/JKISoftware/JKI-EasyXML/blob/master/README.md#reading-raw-xml-into-strings-using-the-xml-suffix-in-string-labelname
  15. Hi James, Thanks for posting your observations and concerns. We have made no plans to stop development or fixing bugs -- yes, things have slowed down a bit. For what it's worth, I fixed a couple bugs and made a minor performance improvement last week, that will make it into the next release. Thanks for your patience and feedback. Is there anything critical on your organization's list of needs? -Jim
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  17. That's a great question, Brian! I tend to agree with your observations and thinking. I'll check in with others at JKI to see if I learn more about the history behind this and any corner-cases where this serves a useful purpose.
  18. Hi James, Here's the reasoning behind the current behavior: - If a user installs a package, it gets added to the package cache (regardless of where it came from: double-clicked from the desktop or downloaded from a repository) - The package list gets populated from a combination of the repository and what's found in the cache. Now, it might make sense to tweak this behavior, such that deprecated packages (as defined by a repository) are flushed from the cache. I think that this behavior would meet your needs and wouldn't have any negative side-effects (except that people who choose to actively install a deprecated package would need to download it again, since it wouldn't ever be cached). Additionally, it might be helpful if unpublished packages (when we query the repo and we detect that it was in the repo previously but no longer in the repo) were flushed from the cache. This would be a little trickier, since we would have to catch the event at the time the package is unpublished (we would see the package is published and then it disappears from the repository's package list). I'll pass the ideas along to the JKI team.
  19. Hi James, There's a setting for showing or hiding deprecated packages. Do you have "Show deprecated packages" enabled? If this setting is FALSE, then I think all deprecated packages are not shown in the Install Other Version list.
  20. Hi Jim: Depending on how eager you are to play with this, I could get you an early release to test and provide feedback. Jon: Same goes for you.
  21. Yes, were in the process of making some design decisions -- I'm also in Roma for the CLA Summit and am presenting tomorrow... One thing that we're evaluating is the impact of changing the process VI to be Dynamic Dispatch (with the ability to call or override the parent). This changes slightly the mechanics of process registration and synchronization. Additionally, we're working on a full scripting API to allow programmatic creating, editing, and inspection of JKI SMO classes. This aims to enable creating user interface tools that simplify development. We've been doing this experimental development outside of GitHub to avoid a lot of noise. I'd be happy to loop you into what we're working toward and some of the open design questions.
  22. Hi Jon, Thanks for following up. What's on GitHub right now is partial -- we are working to clean up some more stuff and get it released. It's taken a little bit longer than we thought, because of some other administrative and technical stuff we've had to take care of, but I think we've got that worked out. Now, we're ready to start including a lot more people in the discussion and enable community contribution. I'm prepping for the CLA Summit in Rome, the week after next, and getting this next release pushed out is a big part of that. -Jim
  23. Hi Leif, It sounds like it could be a bug. Please use our contact form to email our support so that we can discuss privately, since the conversation might involve exchanging some test data that could be sensitive. -Jim
  24. BTW, we've just created a new 3.0.0 release on GitHub, here: https://github.com/JKISoftware/JKI-State-Machine/releases/tag/v3.0.0 The package will be released for download in VIPM shortly.
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