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One of the downsides of working for IBM (and frankly, there aren’t that many), is that most of the work I do is usually under a pretty strict NDA. I’m learning a lot about the innards of database and High Availability and Disaster Recovery, but I can’t actually go blogging about it :( However, IBM support a lot of open-source work and so they actually understand it (many companies I’ve worked for don’t). So long as you let your manager know what you’re working on and it isn’t something that competes with IBM products (fair enough, if I’m doing DB2 internals all day, I shouldn’t go work on MySQL internals on weekends for a dozen different reasons), then you can hack away on anything you want in your spare time.

That in mind, I’m finally getting back to some coding in my spare time (what little of it I have), and I’m starting slowly with some maintenance work on a WordPress Plugin called Simple Graph. You can see it in action over on my training blog, it’s what’s making the graph on the right of the page that tracks my weight:

Simple Graph sidebar widget

Simple Graph sidebar widget

It’s just a very simple widget for taking in hand-entered numerical data and plotting it dates.  The codebase has stagnated since 2007, so its author has given me permission to maintain it, and I have a list of things I want from it before I’ll call it done:

Once that’s done, I have a small list of features I want to add to it:

Once that lot is done, we should be up to version 1.10 or thereabouts. I’ll post up a roadmap on the Simple Graph page I’m putting up later on. If you’re using the plugin and have any features you’d like to see, let me know using the comments below.

So far, I’m about a third of the way into cleaning up the code and commenting as I go. Feels good to finally be working on something for fun again..

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2011.

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  1. GD? Google Charts? Both aren’t that impressive at all ..

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  4. The clue is in the name of the plugin – Simple Graph. Not Complicated, academic paper level, multi-dimensional Graph :D

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This is a journal for myself for random thoughts on academia, system admin, development and things linked directly or tangentially to those areas.

I’ve spent the last few years working for several small companies and startups, usually as the generalist on the team. I enjoy working on the back-end fundamentals of a system, and the further down the software stack the better. I’ve maintained legacy systems, developed existing systems, installed new systems and architected entirely bespoke solutions. I’ve worked in the back office, I’ve worked facing the client, and I’ve pitched to VCs. I’m happiest when working on problems that are more substance than hype, more technical than marketing, and where the problem pushes me to new technical limits.

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I’ve taught C, C++, Java, numerical methods, electronics and assembly code in university courses for computer engineers; basic embedded systems to MSc students; and C and Unix in industry courses.

I’ve spent a lot of the last decade chasing after a PhD in robotics, mainly because of having to restart from scratch halfway through (being beaten to publication isn’t pleasant, even if is the German version of the nuclear emergency response team that beats you to it). So I changed the topic to applications of some slightly esoteric nonlinear mathematics to robotics. Oddly, doing a PhD in your spare time leads to slow progress…

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