We all know and love Darren's nuggets that feature helpful LabVIEW tips, but we want to hear from more of you! What tips do you have to help make LabVIEW programmers more proficient?
Also, what kind of tips are you looking for?
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Old tip, just as valid today as when I first posted it.
Visit the LV forum on a regular basis and try to answer questions that you fell confident about and those you you don't. The feed-back you will get will build your confidence and fill in those blanks in your knowledge.
There is no better way to learn and excel at LV than being exposed on a regular basis to the hundreds of "scouts" exploring the world of LabVIEW.
Ben took the words out of my mouth. I attempted and failed the CLD even after taking Core 1, 2 and 3. I just needed practice. I came out of lurk mode and started trying to help people with LabVIEW questions. I also looked for solved posts and tried to answer the question myself before looking at the solution. After a few months of doing this I passed the CLD. There just are not enough practice exams, multiple choice or practical. The forums are an excellent source of knowledge building exercises.
I make ditto to Steve post.. I am working on the same way as he told.
Well coming to the LabVIEW tip.
I would like to make a suggestion here. A good programmer can be identified not only by his logic building skills but how he puts logic to debugg a code that is very important. So if NI is able to give some debugging kind of problems (May be every week) to the users then it would help everyone to make use of the LabVIEW debugging skill.
I was going to let this pass since Ben said it so well and since anyone reading the breakpoint is a member of the choir I'm preaching to. BUT, then I thought about all of you going to the next LUG in your area and a bit of personal humiliation might be good for me.
7 YEARS. That how long I worked with LabVIEW on a dailly basis before joining the forums. 7 years- no logo in my signature block back then either. I invite you to look into my early posts. (1 month in you'll find me learning how to index an array since I had allways miss interpereted the help file!) Thank you Dennis! 3K+ posts later I still learn more about LabVIEW every day. (But I do have some logos in my signature block!) Guess where I learn the most?
Well we seem to be in agreement on the "BEST" so let me post links where you can find many more tips and tricks and see for yourself why the Community is the place to look for LabVIEW info.
Started by Jack Dunaway, this thread is a collection of some of the subtle aspects of LV. If you have not read through that thread, you are sure to find something that makes you say "I didn't know that!"
Started by Broken Arrow
it is a list of useful posts that do not justify a unique thread but very enlightening.
NI's own Nuggeteer was posting Nuggets once a week. Some of these spawned interesting conversations and lead to even more learning.
In this thread we discuss various code constructs that seem overly complicated. Most of the nominees in that thread are contrasted with their more elegant implementations. NOT all of the nominees are judged as true Rubes. Have YOU ever written a Rube?
This thread is an ongoing discusion of the complications of using Locals in LV. There are many different options on this subject. Where do YOU fall in that discussion?
Devoted to Regular Expresions in LV. If you know and love regular expressions, check out that thread to see how you stack up against the giants.
Yet another set of good info.
This thread list links to various threads where bits of wisdom were shared. Most of these should be concidered required reading.
In his series of Nuggets Dr. Gray takes us through LV development to achieve real applications that actually do something. His series is a great way of getting that last 10% out your own code development.
In a response to the many question re:working with Excel, we started a thread that helps us find threads related to same.
When you can't find anything on your control pallette that will do the job, the Picture Control can be used to do the impossible. Find links to threads on this topic in this thread.
In the beginning the Community started writing Nuggets to entertain ourselves. Some of the best Nuggets you will find are in this set. Do YOU have any Nuggets that you would like to share with us?
That is all I have time to share at the moment.
Ctrl + U is not always your friend.
I never used Ctrl + U In fact I searched into LabVIEW now only for the functionality for Ctrl + U.