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The National Instruments Field Architects

by Brian on July 25, 2011

Welcome to labviewjournal.com, the blog of the National Instruments Field Architects. We are a small, elite group of LabVIEW experts working in large accounts and helping engineers become more proficient in LabVIEW. We guide software architectures, develop technical leaders, and teach and encourage good software engineering.

We are a relatively new group at NI, but you probably know us.

Brian Powell joined NI in 1988 and worked on the LabVIEW R&D team for 23 years. Brian has extensive experience with LabVIEW performance and compiler technology, software API design, software engineering, and the software development process for large teams. Brian is an expert in instrument control technologies, and a member of the marketing and technical committees for the LXI Consortium.

Charlie Knapp joined NI from Honeywell in 1997 and worked in field sales in California. He later became a Business Development Manager for Autonomous Systems and Robotics and founded the Orange County chapter of AUVSI.

Nancy Hollenback has worked inside and outside NI. She first joined NI in 1989 as an intern, worked as an Applications Engineer, and in field sales. She’s worked with Stress Engineering Services, VI Engineering, National Analytics, in addition to doing contract projects and regularly teaching advanced LabVIEW courses.

In this blog, we will discuss advanced LabVIEW programming issues, challenges, and ideas that we’re seeing in the field. Part of our job is to drive improvements to LabVIEW, so we’re going to be honest when we find areas of LabVIEW that need improvement. And when we find something that works well, we’ll tell you about that, too.

We’ve got a lot of ideas for future posts, but we’d love to hear your thoughts. What are some things in LabVIEW you’ve struggled with? Something doesn’t make sense? Can’t make something work? Post your thoughts below and we will try to discuss them in future posts.

Thanks for joining us here, and see you soon!

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  1. Welcome to the world of spreading best practices in LabVIEW design and architecture.

  2. willy permalink

    I KNOW CHARLIE SINCE HE JOINED “NI” and I USED LABVIEW SINCE THE EARLIER YEARS WHEN BRIAN POWELL WAS WORKING IN THE R@D… LABVIEW has changed since the 80’s. Who still remember Windows 3.1 ?–

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