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CLA Summit 2013: Delivering Professional Software

Mar 1, 2013 7:25:44 AM Published by JKI Leave a comment

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It's that time of year again – The Americas CLA Summit in Austin is next week!

In just a few short years, the annual National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Architect Summit has established itself as the premiere LabVIEW technical conference aside from NIWeek itself. This year marks the fourth US CLA Summit, and the second European CLA Summit.

The CLA Summit is unique because the content of the conference is determined entirely by attendees themselves. This year's topic (in the US) is Delivering Professional Software. From development processes, to user experience, to application distribution, to licensing, to customer support, it's a topic that touches every Certified LabVIEW Architect.

In addition to connecting with our friends and colleagues in the LabVIEW community, JKI will be leading two talks/discussions at this year's Americas CLA Summit:

Connecting LabVIEW to Everything Else
Jim Kring, JKI CEO

Our customers want the software we create to be "open," in the sense that they need to integrate it into other business systems, or they need to use it from their own system development, or they just need to get data out in the way they want. This means providing an external API that users/clients can access – especially from tools other than LabVIEW. Jim will explain why external APIs are a fundamental part of professional software development, and will explore how different types of APIs are useful at different stages of development all the way from proof-of-concept to final shipment. There will be plenty of time, too, for people to share their own experiences.

Software Licenses for Dummies
Justin Goeres, JKI Marketing Manager and Senior Engineer

All professional software developers need to know the basics of software licenses: what "copyright" is, and what common licenses such as GPL, LGPL, BSD, the LabVIEW EULA, and even the and ni.com Terms of Use really mean. Unfortunately, many people are misinformed (or just afraid) about how these basic, common legal agreements affect them. Justin will try to cut through some of the fog with examples and common plain-English definitions to help you deal with software licenses.

If you're a Certified LabVIEW Architect, we hope to see you at the Summit! If not, or if your boss didn't buy the reasons you should attend, then watch this space. We'll post our presentation content afterwards.


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