When working with helper loops in cloneable modules, it would be nice to have a way for sending messages from the MHL to the helper loop which doesn't need the module ID, and which doesn't interfere with other clones' helper loop timings. I'd still like this new mechanism to look and feel like the regular events, with all the scripting and other goodness.
Maybe instead of calling them private events, a better name would be "local" events (which would, of course, be set to private scope).
I want to be able to try to fix or poke the code more when an error occurs in the API Tester. The opportunity of going to the block diagram or attempting to send a different request goes away because the API Tester, by default, closes when an error occurs.
How I propose fixing it:
The first thing that I change on an API Tester at the first error is to remove the OR connected to the stop terminal in the loop and add an error indicator at the end instead of the Simple Error Handler and connect a local variable for the error. Would you please vote to have DQMH do this by default and have a validator to modify existing API Testers?
Current API Tester:
Fab (yes, being the DQMH Lead Architect does not guarantee that all my wishes are turned into reality 😉 )
I would like a right-click plugin where I could right-click a DQMH broadcast subVI and "Find Event Frames". This would search all VIs in my current project for event structures that are registered for the broadcast event fired by the subVI I clicked on, and show me a list of results that I could double-click and be shown the event frames one at a time. Or I guess it could just open all the diagrams for me, since I probably want to walk through all of them anyway.
The operation could take a while, but would be worth it. I often find myself wondering where all the places are in my code that are registered for a particular broadcast.
When creating new module, I'd like a way to add a text explaining its responsibility. It will reinforce good conception practices and allow Antidoc to retrieve information to generate a valuable documentation.
Note: IMO, this content should be added to the module lvlib description.
If this field could optionally mandatory to create the module, I would find this great 🙂
We have identified that, if multiple clonable module instances are executed and a specific module (e.g. the first launched module) is stopped (no waiting) and afterward all open modules are stopped at once (incl. wait) the "stop module.vi" an error 1 is returning.
Steps to reproduce
Create a project and add a new clonable module
Create a tester VI and implement the code above
Run the VI and see error 1 at second Stop Module.
What is happening in the Background
Situation 1 - "Stall Data Flow" = 0
"Stop Module.vi" 2 runs into "Wait on Stop Sync.vi" and synchronizes stop over rendezvous. The acquired rendezvous size is 3 (Module 1 which is at stopping, Module 2 and Stop Module)
Module 1 is waiting in "Safe to Destroy Refnums.vi"
Module 2 runs into "Close Module.vi"
Last clone instance is fire at (1)
Releasing the Semaphore (2) will wake up module 1 that it is now safe to destroy refnums now. Module 2 runs into "Wait on Stop Sync.vi" (3) and synchronizes over rendezvous.
"Stop Module.vi" and Module 2 waiting for a third participation to join the rendezvous.
Module executes case to destroy Master reference.... and executes "Wait on Stop Sync.vi" (3) with no synchronization as the boolean "Wait for Module to stop?" is on false.
Module 1 executes "Destroy Sync Refnums.vi" (4) and is destroying the rendezvous.
Module 2 and "Stop Module.vi" will be release from the waiting of the rendezvous as the reference is now invalid and returning error 1.
Situation 2 - "Stall Data Flow" = e.g. 2000ms
In compare to the situation 1 the first module is already removed here. The obtained rendezvous has the expected size of 2.
When module 2 enters rendezvous synchronization in "Wait on Stop Sync.vi" (3) the expected amount of participant is reached, and the execution can continue.
In most of our tests, this situation worked fine and did not create an error.
For some situation, we had the behavior that shutdown of the first module seems to be faster as the wake-up from rendezvous of the second module. The module main of module 2 opened and showed error 1. Module 1 seems to destroy the references to early.
Situation 3 - First Module will be stopped with last "Stop Module.vi" call
The shutdown of a module is for this scenario delayed (add a wait 1000ms to exit case of the module)
Stop Module 2 waits for 11 rendezvous participations. (10 module and itself)
One of the previously closed module will destroy the synchronization events and makes the rendezvous reference invalid. => Error 1 at "Stop Module.vi"
The following screenshots are showing an extension of the "Stop Module.vi" and the "Close Module.vi".
The idea is to use a single element queue (SEQ) containing a map of sets. The key of the map refers to a "Stop Module.vi" which waits for stopping all module at the time when the "Stop Module.vi" is executed. The Set contains all Module ID's which should be stopped. Each module checks in its close condition if the SEQ is existing. If so, the module ID will be removed from the sets which containing the module ID. An empty set refers to all required modules have stopped and a notifier which is used for synchronization will be fired. Close Module.vi extention Stop Module.vi extention
With those extensions, all three described scenarios should be fixed. In addition, should it be possible to stop all module and launch in the background new ones, the stop and wait will wait until all those modules ID run at the stop execution are finished.
I added the project which the extensions and tests to the post.
I'm not sure, but I think that with the described change, destroy of the Module's Semaphore (1) should be done with the boolean condition of the First & Last Instance (2). (Red line)
Please let me know if you need any additional information and details.
Find all while loops in the Main.vi of the specified module(s), and check if the DQMH Error Handler - Helper loop.vi is used to handle errors in each of the while loops, and flag it if not. Ignore the default EHL and MHL in this check.
When I need one of the reply payload values of a Request and Wait for Reply VI, I need to unbundle 100% of the time. What if the Request and Wait for Reply VI output the reply payload elements individually on the VI conpane so I don't need to unbundle? I often make this change manually to my Request and Wait for Reply VIs. And I never unbundle the error from the payload, since it's already merged into the error stream inside the VI. So I wouldn't expect that output to be on the conpane. But all the other payload parameters, you betcha!
The below image comes from the Error Reported broadcast event case in the API Tester (as found in the default Singleton or Cloneable DQMH module templates):
This produces strings that look like this:
This could be improved by adding the "message" component of the error, by using the Simple Error Handler.vi. Using the message makes the error report more descriptive, and doesn't rely on the user having to use "Explain Error" to review what the error code's could possibly be related to.
This produces strings that look like this:
Observe that the error message is now present in the text.
In order to reduce the number of clicks to launch a DQMH scripter, that would be great to be able to launch them from the LabVIEW New... menu !
Indeed this window has several advantages :
The tree view keeps its layout from one excution to another. So if the last thing I did from that window was to launch the 'New Event...' scripter, next time I'll launch this window this item will be directly accessible
It allows inserting the created code into the project or not. So to create quick code without adding it to the currently open project, this is quite usefull
The tree view makes easier to choose the scripter to launch. With Tools menu, if the mouse pointer accidently leaves the menu and overs another menu entry, you've got to go back and re-do some of the menu selection process
A LV keyboard shortcut can be added to the New... action. In my case I redirected the CTRL+N shortcut to launch the 'New...' window instead of triggering the 'New VI' action. It would allow me to launch a scripter with 1 keyboard shortcut + 1 double click ! Quite fast !