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New in VIPM 3.0: Manage Your Own VI Package Repository

Oct 6, 2009 12:00:48 AM Published by Jim Kring Leave a comment

Update: Since this content was published, We've released VIPM Pro 2012 which includes all of the features described below, and more, in a new lower price. Click here to compare editions.

JKI has just released VIPM 3.0, and there are some great new features that I'd like to share with you.  So, I'm going to be blogging about them in a series called "What's new in VIPM 3.0?"  (of course, you can check out the release notes for a quick overview).

One of the most important new features in VIPM 3.0 is the ability to create and manage your own VI Package Repository using VIPM Enterprise.  Now you can find, download, and install VI Packages of your team's reusable code from a VI Package Repository located on your corporate network or the Internet.  Your developers will be able to install and use your VI Packages just as easily as they install and use packages from OpenG or JKI Software!

VIPM Enterprise Reuse System

How Does It Work?

Sharing VI Packages with VIPM Enterprise is easy.  VIPM provides a Repository Manager window that lets you create a VI Package Repository on any standard file or web server.  Using the Repository Manager window, you can see what's in your repository, add or remove packages from the repository, and manage users' access to the repository.  To publish a package, just drag & drop a package file from Windows Explorer into the Repository Manager window.

Publish a VI Package

Once the VI Package has been published to your VI Package Repository, VIPM users on your team will get a message from VIPM, telling them that the new package is available for download and installation into LabVIEW.

New Packages

VIPM is so "Web 2.0"

As an added bonus, VIPM allows you to publish an RSS feed of your package releases, so your team can also receive notifications of package releases in any RSS reader (Outlook, Google Reader, Thunderbird, etc.).  Now go tweet your coworkers, telling them that your LabVIEW code reuse system is Web 2.0 compatible! :)

RSS Feed

But that's not all!  VIPM 3.0 includes other cool features, like:

  • User Management -- VIPM lets you control which users are authorized to access your VI Package Repository.
  • VI Package Deprecation -- VIPM lets you hide outdated packages from your users to discourage their use.
  • VI Package Validation -- VIPM calculates a cryptographic hash for every package, which allows users to verify that they have the official released version of a package for traceability purposes.
  • much more...

I'll be going over these features (and other VIPM 3.0 features) in future articles, so stay tuned.

If you haven't downloaded VIPM 3.0 already, what are you waiting for?  Get it now!

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