To anyone who is afraid or worried about upgrading, we hear you and we’ve made changes to help. Back in January of this year, David Fuller wrote an entry on John Pasquarette’s blog describing what we’re doing in R&D to reduce problems associated with upgrading. To summarize:
Our move towards an annual release schedule results in incremental changes and updates, which mitigates the risk associated with introducing several completely new features at once, as we did with LabVIEW 8.0.
The regular release cycle provides more opportunities for guidance from customers as features evolve - consider the changes to the LabVIEW Project Explorer between 8.0 and 8.5 as an example of this evolution.
Internal alignment across all teams means better coordination between all software products, drivers, and hardware
However, it’s important to realize that there is something you can do to help. Try the Beta of LabVIEW 2009. Upgrade issues are top priority for us - the trick has always been finding these problems, and for that we need your help.
As of April 2nd, the entire platform of the next version of LabVIEW is now in Beta and available for your evaluation - this means all software, toolkits and drivers.
As always, the new version contains new features that aim to improve developer productivity and application performance. To see a list of new features and provide feedback to the community, click here.
Finally, for more resources on best-practices for upgrading your application, consult this guide on ni.com.