Monthly Archives: January 2016

We don’t need more coders

If you listened to the rhetoric, you might be fooled into thinking that everyone needs to be a coder. This is a bad; programming isn’t for everyone and nor should it be. Having skills or understanding that makes you able

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Of strings and Freudian slips

I was involved in an internal meeting here in Oslo today, where I inexpertly presented the work we’ve been doing on cataloguing interfaces. I made a video of the same recently, which I hope shows the state of play from

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Why is it so difficult to toe the line?

I think a lot — and I mean a lot — about methodologies for software development teams; it’s part of my job and it’s a part that I haven’t exactly relished over the course of time. Back when I worked at the university,

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Measuring data migration

In our work on the new library system at Oslo public library, one of the checklist items for each new feature is “migration safeguarded”; basically, whether the changes implemented are supported by the automated migration from the traditional library system. Keeping migration synchronised with

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