October 23, 2014

Tennant’s Simple Guide to Programming Languages

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A colleague recently pointed out that IEEE Spectrum had an interactive tool by which you could explore the top programming languages in various areas (e.g., mobile, web, enterprise, and embedded). Besides noting that my favorite web programming language barely made it into the top ten for the Web (Perl, which they mistakenly called PERL), I […]

Google Announces Google Cloud Dataflow

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I have a colleague who has been attending the Google I/O event ever since it began in 2008. This year was no exception, and in his trip report he highlighted what Google calls “Google Cloud Dataflow”. From what I can gather, it is sort of like Google’s version of Hadoop, but presumably better (at least […]

NMC Horizon Report: The Library Edition

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I’ve long been an interested reader of the New Media Consortiums series of Horizon Reports. So when I heard that they were doing a “Library Edition” I just about fell off my chair. The way I heard was that they are seeking examples of projects that illustrate the trends that their panel of experts have […]

The Library of Congress Recommends Preservation Formats

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The Library of Congress has now made specific recommendations on the best file formats for preserving access to content of various types: Textual works and musical compositions Still images Audio Moving images Software, electronic games, and learning modules Datasets and databases They take pains to explain that these recommendations are not meant to replace their […]

The Problem with Programming Languages

Recently I’ve been taking the very good CodeCademy course on the Python programming language. I’m doing this for several reasons. A number of my colleagues use Python, and I’ve been using their code and libraries. Knowing what I’m doing might be a good idea. Also, Python seems to be more of the language of choice […]

The Only Preservation Strategy is Commitment

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By August I will have published the current awareness newsletter Current Cites every month for twenty-four years — with all but the first of those years (1990-1991) freely available on the Internet. My children, now in college, aren’t even that old. In fact, my only absence from its publication was the period shortly after their birth. […]

A Paean to the Filesystem

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pae·an - :  a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph – Merriam-Webster I returned from the Code4Lib Conference recently chock-full of things I want to investigate. I was also reminded about just how much I love the Unix filesystem. Yes, really. I’ve long thought that the simplest solution to a problem is […]

Being a Savvy Social Media User

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Recently my colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura noted a blog post that demonstrates effective traits for using social media on behalf of an organization. Titled “Social Change”, the post documents the choices that Brooklyn Museum staff made recently to pare down their social media participation to venues that they find most effective. As they put it: There […]

The Thing About Programming

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Sometimes I’m shocked to realize that I’ve been writing software for over 30 years — longer than some of my younger colleagues have even been alive. And people who know my code are shocked as well, that so much time could pass and my code still sucks. But I have an excuse: programming does not […]