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Jeremy Marquis | September 21, 2018

Highlights from the 2018 Americas CLA Summit

Each year, National Instruments hosts a Summit for those who have the highest level of LabVIEW certification. Certified LabVIEW Architects (CLAs) travel from around the world to join together with their peers. Advanced technical topics are presented and discussed, news and feedback are shared with the LabVIEW development team, and colleagues network to collaborate on solving complicated problems.

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One of the many group discussions at the 2018 CLA Summit [photo: Jeremy Marquis]

Technical presentations are a key element of the CLA Summit. Daniel Coons presented solid options and mechanical details of hardware and measurement abstraction layers (HAL/MAL). Quentin Alldredge shared what he learned about memory management and performance optimization when he created a spell checker tool for LabVIEW. Dmitry Sagatelyan brought his experience with object oriented design-by-contract in other languages to the LabVIEW community. NI’s Deborah Burke shared the future of LabVIEW in a roadmap session. Attendees test drove an upcoming version of LabVIEW in a software test lab. With more than 25 different presentations, attendees were able to dive deep into advanced topics.

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Discussing unit test design and object oriented traits, mix-ins, and interfaces in LabVIEW [photo: Jeremy Marquis]

The final day of the CLA Summit included a live-audience industry survey, and we thought we would share some interesting results here. Keep in mind those surveyed are the top tier of the LabVIEW community, typically with years of experience.

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G Systems considers the CLA Summit to be a core event for maintaining our technical leadership. Most of G Systems’ architects attended, with two presenting and one of them acting as co-chair for the Summit. All attendees, and the LabVIEW community at large, benefit from sharing expertise, real-world techniques, and how to watch for and overcome difficult challenges.

Learn more about G System's partnership with National Instruments and see our LabVIEW developer resources.