So Microsoft's Live team has released a new tool for bloggers called Live Write. This is a full client-side WYSIWYG authoring tool that works not only with the Live Spaces, Microsoft's renamed MSN blogging site, but with a suite of 3rd party blogging hosts such as Google's Blogger and Six Apart's TypePad and Live Journal (note that this site is a TypePad site).
Now, I must be honest and say part of the reason for this post is that I'm trying it out myself right now, and because I wanted to do this...
When I saw that you could embed maps, I just had to try it :)
I'm excited to announce that another LV developer has started a blog. This one is probably going to be one of the most popular as Christina is focusing on helping people learn LabVIEW. Right now she's working on new features in LabVIEW 8.20, but make sure to contact her with other material you'd like to see.
Earlier, I posted on how to build CINs for LabVIEW using VS.NET 2005. However, after a lengthy thread over on the NI devzone forums, I realized I forgot to add an important note...
When you distribute the CINs to a machine w/o VS.NET 2005 installed on it, you need to ensure you install the C/C++ runtime libraries from VS.NET. There is a handly installer here that does it for you here.
This is actually a requirement for any CIN (installing the C/C++ runtime). It's just that most applications on Windows also need them, so more than likely they've already been installed. VS.NET 2005 is so new that you'll often be the first application that needs them. I'm sure that'll change with time, but for now...
Well, Colin and I have managed to get the first set of video clips from this year's NIWeek up on our conference blog. It has been a bit of a learning experience regarding sound quality, interviewing and web uploading (for example, Google video does a "verification" of WMV files due to the ability to inject script into them...thus if you stick with simple MPG, they post up immediately).
Today we're going to try to capture a bit more of the conference feel in the expo hall and get those up. Unfortunately, today is our last day at this, but hopefully the experiment is still valid. So far we've seen some good interest in the blog, but not much in the way of comments. I'm hoping we get some feedback (good or bad) on what you think. That is going to be a bit indicator on whether this kind of forum continues in the future. So, get out the vote! :)
Finally, the wrapping has come off. Today during the NI Week keynote (which started at 8:20am...go figure), we announced LabVIEW 8.20 - the 20th anniversary edition of LabVIEW (in case you were wondering what happened to the 8.1 version). And most importantly - it's released. Yes, we sent the image off to duplication earlier so it's now just a matter of awaiting the physical kits...no vaporware!!!
Probably the most talked about feature in 8.20 is the new support for LabVIEW classes - yes, that's right, LabVIEW now has object-oriented programming built in. To learn more about it, check out the link above, or you can listen to the podcast on it.
Of course, the most important feature is the new Web Service Import Wizard. Why? Because my team wrote it...honestly, I don't know what to do with you sometimes. A quick clarification - there are still some marketing points that refer to it as the .NET Web Service Import Wizard. That was the original name, before we pointed out that it could import a web service written in any language or running on any OS - it's only the client code (that would be you) that has a dependency on .NET (its what we use under the covers).
Anyway, lots of new features, lots of improvements, lots of goodness and love and peace and puppy dogs, etc. etc. Check it out and feel free to drop your thoughts on it...unless it's on the OO design debate...I don't think I have enough storage space :)
However, unlike the nice, clean and professional bit-o-info you'll get from NI, this blog is going to be our feeble attempts to capture "what's happening" by talking to the speakers and attendees directly. So, check us out and let us know what you think!
For those non-dog/cat people out there, this law probably is a bit of a head-scratcher...using the polite version. But for those of us who have very strong bonds with our pets, it's a major relief. I can't even imagine what people are forced to go through in these situations.
The part that amazed me the most was that even service dogs were not allowed to be evacuated before this law - can you imagine telling a blind man that he must leave the one beloved animal who has given him freedom to die?