Category Archives: software engineering

Research Software Engineers: State of the Nation Report 2017

This report provides a history of the U. K.’s Research Software Engineers campaign and a snapshot of the state of the U.K.’s Research Software Engineer (RSE) community.  As I understand it, the term was coined at a U. K. Software … Continue reading

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My Favorite Computing Videos on YouTube

I have often been asked what are my favorite computing videos on YouTube. There are so many, it’s hard to give a definitive answer and I keep discovering more, some posted several years ago. As of today only, here are … Continue reading

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Community Building Through Software Design

This the title of a very interesting talk (which I wish I had given myself!) by Jed Brown of CU Boulder at the 2017 NSF SI2 meeting. Jed is involved in writing code for the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific … Continue reading

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Spherical Panoramas for Astrophysical Data Visualization

This is the title of a paper by Brian Kent (NRAO), which has been accepted for publication in the PASP Special Focus Issue: Techniques and Methods for Astrophysical Data Visualization. You can download the paper from arXiv at https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.08807 .(I … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

If you have never seen this, I recommend it.  Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, extraordinarily prescient demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now ubiquitous. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word … Continue reading

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The Pegasus Workflow Manager and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves

We have all heard so much about the wonderful discovery of Gravitational Waves – and with just cause! In today’s post, I want to give a shout-out to the Pegasus Workflow Manager, one of the crucial pieces of software used in … Continue reading

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