Never one to be put off by questions that are almost impossible to answer, over at his blog - AskSteve! - Steve's been working on 'what's the best programming language?'. This is going to be controversial...

If you want to read the post, go to the AskSteve! blog.

Software is not static. New functionality is needed, hardware evolves, staff come and go and sources of funding change. This makes the world of software a volatile place — something that can be seen in the number of software packages that fail to gain a market. This year, a group of experts came together to form the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI).

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In our latest guide, we take a look at how to choose a good name and the common pitfalls. We also look at searching for already used names (including trademark searches). Finally, we discuss our understanding of registered trademarks and passing off - two laws that can affect name choice.

Read the Choosing project and product names guide.

There are many more guides, on subjects from software developement to community building, on our website.

The ETF network is extending an invitation to all past, current and proposed e-Science or related projects to bid for funds to enable the capture of technical detail which may otherwise be lost at the end of a project.

The NGS user survey will close on Monday 24 January. Feedback from this survey is really important to the NGS. They are carrying out the survey to help better understand the experiences of NGS users and improve their services. All information supplied will not affect your NGS usage or account, so please be honest!

Take part in the survey now!

Please note that the survey is for registered academic users of the NGS only. If you would like to talk to someone…

Taverna is an internationally successful workflow environment developed by the myGrid team at the University of Manchester. The team recently moved the Taverna source code from SourceForge to Google Code and GitHub. We asked Shoaib Sufi – myGrid project manager and community liaison for the Software Sustainability Institute – to explain their thinking behind the move. The work behind this post was completed by Stian Soiland-Reyes, Jiten Bhagat, Stuart Owen, Alan Williams and Shoaib…

If you use software in your research - or want to use it in the future - the Collaborations Workshop (CW11) is the perfect opportunity for you to meet people who you could work with.

The CW will be held on 3-4 March in Edinburgh. If you would like to know more, visit the conference webpage.

Events are like dentists. Everyone thinks they're a good idea, but people aren’t always that keen to attend. This year, I'm organising an event called the Collaborations Workshop (known, to its friends, as the CW). It’s certainly an easy event to organise, because the feedback from previous years has been very good. My problem is: how do I maintain this success and hopefully make it bigger and better than previous years?

More on the blog.

In 2010, a crack developer was asked to join the Software Sustainability Institute. This man promptly set up as the Institute’s software architect. Today, still wanted by a number of projects, Steve survives as a developer of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can email him, maybe you can Ask Steve!

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