Posts Tagged: software development

Sprezzatura and software

Releasing software as open source — where everyone is free to view and tinker with the code — is both scary and liberating. However, more than that I have to be open about how I write the code, and avoid sprezzatura.

Community of Practice-Wrangling

Between 2007 and 2010, I started a community of practice for people who work with biodiversity information systems. At the outset of the project, I was not a member of the community. I did the project as a community of practice wrangler contracting to the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System programme aka TFBIS. Now… Read more »

GroupServer and HTML Email

title=”Google updates Postini spam engine to stop new JavaScript attacks”>A recent article in Network World made me very glad that GroupServer (and OnlineGroups.Net, by extension) only displays plain-text email messages.1 The problem is this:

GroupServer 1.0 Beta is Released

GroupServer is a web-based open source web-based mailing list manager developed by OnlineGroups.Net. If you know OnlineGroups.Net, you’ll know that GroupServer is its engine. For that reason, we’re pretty excited to be able to call GroupServer “1.0?”, and to make it available for free download. We have released GroupServer before, but we try not to… Read more »

Creativity

I am not sure if Malcolm McLaren is right about failure and creativity in this interview with Andrew Denton― but he provides food for thought. I was taught that to create anything you had to believe in failure, simply because you had to be prepared to go through an idea without any fear. Failure… was… Read more »

The First Review

My earlier post on the Apple iPad discussed how the new device was not a new device: all of the stuff we are excited about is the same paradigm we have had since the 1970s. However, a review in the New York Times gives me hope that the iPad may be more than a new… Read more »

Why We Release GroupServer as Open Source

OnlineGroups.Net has released the source code of GroupServer, the software that powers our web and email collaboration service. This means that, if you are technically savvy and have access to a server, you can download, install and run GroupServer sites for free. You can inspect the inner workings of GroupServer and even make changes to… Read more »