As I occasionally do, I’m writing a post based on a search phrase someone used to get to my blog. Today’s phrase is: “tips & tricks for labware lims”
Here’s what this is about, for those of you who don’t immediately know what this is: before LabWare LIMS got some of the tools together that they now use, we used to keep a “Tips & Tricks” document. It was just something like a Microsoft Word document. Yes, that’s how little was really in there, that it was kept as a document rather than a database. However, at the time, it was kind of a big deal. After all, when you have nothing, every little something helps. Additionally, I don’t think it was given to everyone, so those of us who were given that document felt privileged and also just a little more secure that our questions might get answered when we needed help because that document was the only place some of us had to find answers in the days when there were EXTREMELY few people to ask.
It did cover the tricky little things that drive people crazy. For example, in LIMS Basic, when you want to prompt the user a list you’ve built but to use a default value, it’s not obvious to a lot of people how to set your array up for this to work. Thus, these types of tips saved a lot of frustration.
You can imagine that that was at a time when the LabWare LIMS was much tinier than it currently is. In modern times, the LabWare LIMS has automation scripts, programming everywhere, modules for everything, but that was not the case in the days of the “Tips & Tricks” document.
These days, I don’t even know if that document is still around but you can get more information just about any other way than to use it. If you are a licensed LabWare LIMS user or a LabWare LIMS partner, you have access to the LabWare LIMS private tools. For the rest of us, we will make do by staying close with the other experts we know and being generous when they need something, as well. Alternately, we will post our questions to the public forums that are available to us, sometimes using several to get a complete answer. Remember that even the experts don’t know everything so don’t be surprised when you see one of us post.
Bottom Line: don’t bother checking the internet for that document. LabWare wouldn’t have posted it to a public site, for one, but there are much better tools any way you look at it.