August 3, 2009

The LabVIEW 2009 Help

In case you're wondering just what we do all day ... or all year ... the LabVIEW 2009 Help system is now available online. It contains the help for the LabVIEW Base/Full/Pro development systems as well as each individual module and toolkit.

Bet you didn't know we have so many LabVIEW add-ons! Did you know we make a toolkit to help you develop adaptive filter algorithms? (You know, like if you wanted to create some noise-cancellation headphones.) Or that we have software to help you validate your code with unit testing? And that's not even counting the add-ons that let you run LabVIEW in real time or on the Windows Mobile OS.

No, I swear I haven't joined the marketing team. I just think back to all the work we put into these help systems and feel really good seeing them online like this for public consumption :-)

Our online presentation is not the most sophisticated way to do things. You can see that we throw our stuff up there as static HTML pages. In this day and age of content management systems, having a collection of documents linked together just with hyperlinks seems pretty outdated. It's a travesty, I tells ya! Fortunately there are people at NI who realize this. I hope one day we can implement something a little more modern -- and that it won't be outdated if/when we roll that system out :-)