There’s little doubt that computers are here to stay, they’re embedded in most aspects of modern life and will continue to be a growing part of our daily interactions. In a world of geek chic, wearables and mytwitterbookplus it’s no longer a beatable offence to be interested in technology or computers. Add to that the salary that’s associated with a good software job is comparable with a … Continue reading Be part of the future today – get coding!
Hey guys, I know I’m no medic but I’m pretty sure if I was I wouldn’t have gotten into it because I like working long hours or weekends. Have we at some point forgotten that these generous people look after us all and on a daily basis put others’ health above their own and are literally life savers? Can we stop arguing about pay or … Continue reading Respect for medical workers
It’s been quite some time so I wanted to provide an update on the EDI project. The aim was to make getting into Linux development as easy as possible, and to help developers learn how to builds apps using the EFL. Clearly that’s a grand plan and along the way there was a lot of challenges to overcome. The first major hurdle, beyond actually creating a … Continue reading EDI update and shiny new icon
The power of the APIs available to a linux developer is immense. To help illustrate I have a quote from wilsonk who is learning the EFL APIs: Well, I could probably make this thing get me coffee but is it worth the effort 🙂 It’s a good point – where do you even start? EDI – that’s where. We are building a brand new IDE for … Continue reading Taming the power of Linux development
The open source movement is quite something – people spending their own precious spare time to make the world a better place. Software that is everywhere and quite literally runs the web has it’s source code freely available to be examined, modified and learned from (even duplicated or repackaged!). In an environment where it’s people’s spare time alone, building a team to cover usability, design and … Continue reading Can you crowd fund open source software?
Last week I wanted to create an exciting new website. The designers I work with were all busy and, as an engineer at heart, I don’t have much of a design following in my network. So based on recommendations I went to 99designs. I set up the contest with what details I had and was delighted at the mock ups that were sent in. Those … Continue reading Shouldn’t contractors have to take risks?
Fantastic news – I’ve been voted onto the board of ScotlandIS! I’m very excited about being involved in shaping the future of Scotland’s technology scene but I’m also honoured that such a group is interested in what I have to say or contribute 🙂 Hopefully over the next few years we can promote software and technology not only as a great career choice but also … Continue reading Voted onto a board!
A video of my EDI (Enlightenment IDE) presentation in Düsseldorf last month – not bad for my first E related appearance I think… Continue reading Recording of my EDI presentation at E Dev Day 2014
One of the great things about code developed for Linux / Unix is how portable it can be and how it should compile on so many different systems. Autotools is, however, a pain and experiences in the past have proved less fruitless than the ideals foretell. With some help from the Enlightenment developer crowd I set to compile the EFL on OS X Yosemite. Here … Continue reading Compiling EFL on OS X Yosemite
The open source track planning software XTrackCAD is a fantastic tool in anyone playing with model railways but without a stable release in 5 years it’s lagged a little behind Apple’s operating system updates. Installing on OS X 10.10 does not work out of the box but if you follow these steps you’ll have a running application in no time. Download and install the latest … Continue reading Installing XTrackCAD on OS X Yosemite