Latest version published on 26 May, 2022.Many educational resources have benefitted from contributions by volunteers to them over the years. One brilliant example of that is The Carpentries Curricula. However, in The Carpentries case, all that great material was created in English and as the community grew, many of us felt that such a wonderful learning material could help many of our peers that were not confident in English. But, how do you start translating a learning resource?
Latest version published on 24 May, 2022.Code review is a software development practice that pre-dates the GitHub era of collaboration (after 2008) when Bugzilla was king and review was a sequence of plain text messages between developers instead of the discussion threads anchored in lines of the diff that GitHub and GitLab provide today. Code review contributes to improving the robustness of the application and is an opportunity to teach collaborators how to improve the quality of source code.
Latest version published on 23 May, 2022.This guide is the first in the Unit Testing for Scale and Profit series. In a project where changes are frequently made to research software, it is helpful to know that the code still works as expected. In our last two episodes, we looked at the benefits of having a set of unit tests and how we can use test parameterisation to write numerous tests efficiently. However, particularly with projects involving more than one contributor, it would be good to have assurance the software still works without everyone having to pull down all the changes and test them. In this guide, we'll be looking at…
Latest version published on 20 May, 2022.Code review is known to be an effective way to improve software quality, foster peer learning and develop common ownership of a research software project. In practice, a code review is nothing else than a conversation between the author of the code and somebody else providing feedback on coding practices, readability or other aspects of code quality. If this sounds straightforward, an effective code review routine can be tricky to establish. Here are five tips for you to get started with code reviews, or get more of them.
Latest version published on 19 May, 2022.In this guide, Heather Turner shares her top tips for how mentors can set up a successful short-term mentoring relationship.
Latest version published on 18 May, 2022.By Mario Antonioletti, Learning to Code Mentorship Programme mentor I volunteered as a mentor as part of the SSI’s Beyond the Spreadsheet Research Software Camps. I was motivated by the fact that I wanted to set up a similar time-limited mentoring scheme for the Community of Edinburgh RSEs where synergies in domain expertise could be coupled with programming skills, or as part of the Edinburgh Carpentries where people would go back to their day jobs after a Carpentries course to try and apply what they have learned to their own projects/data where they may need a little help to get started…
Latest version published on 17 May, 2022.Last Year Paola Corrales and Yanina Bellini Saibene members from the MetaDocencia community offered the workshop From Spreadsheet to R at the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet. Later today (17 May 2022, they're teaching the same workshop but in Spanish (Desde las Hojas de Cálculo a R) at the Research Software Camp: Next Steps in Coding, for the benefit of Spanish-speaking research communities. In this blog post, they tell us more about MetaDocencia.
Latest version published on 16 May, 2022.Aleksandra Nenadic, SSI Training Lead, shares resources available to researchers and Research Software Engineers to upskill on various topics around software development, research data management/analysis, software project management, open and reproducible science, teaching and lesson development skills, and more.
Latest version published on 9 May, 2022.We have a busy programme of workshops and other sessions to get involved in for different experience levels. Find out which activities you should take part in!
Latest version published on 4 May, 2022.Within the digital preservation community, the term computational access is popping up more and more frequently. It is often linked to other terms such as artificial intelligence, data mining and deep neural networks. However, there is often little understanding of what these terms actually mean and how they relate to each other.