Hi, my name is David and I am a LabVIEW and TestStand contractor based in Hampshire, UK currently running my own NI Alliance Partner company named CLA Design Ltd (CLADesign.co.uk).
I can trace my development history back to the mid 80’s when a BBC Micro appeared in my school and we were given lessons in programming which also included controlling a Big Trak. For my 7th Birthday I was given a ZX Spectrum 48k along with some code books and started from there, I then migrated onto Amstrad CPC 464, Atari ST, and then IBM PC 386.
Professionally I started coding as part of my degree in 1997 doing Assembler, C, C++ and Java, and after graduation landing my first job in 2001 and have been doing software ever since.
I am a certified LabVIEW Architect since 2006 (and CLD for 2 years previous to that) and also a Certified Teststand Architect since 2012 (and CTD for 2 years previous to that) and it is in these tools that I do most of my development these days although am reasonably fluent (if a bit rusty) with C, C++, Java and C#.
In terms of applications I have spent almost my entire career working in aerospace. It is a thriving sector in the UK with our industry being only 2nd in size to the USA, but on a day to day basis it means lots of incredibly interesting and cutting edge projects to work on.