Give and tell challenge 27 Sep 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge
Image courtesy of Quintano Media / Flickr

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a tour-de-force for charitable donations, and has raised a staggering amount of money for the undoubtedly underfunded organisations in the US and here in the UK. If you haven’t already, I’d urge you to consider donating to this worth cause and to find out more about the disease and how it affects people.

It seems like a no-brainer, right? Not quite. Yesterday I was nominated and all of my misgivings were brought to the fore. Do I just… Read more

JSOxford NodeBots, August 2014 27 Aug 2014

On the 23rd of August we ran the last event in the JSOxford 2014 Summer of Hacks, building JavaScript powered NodeBots. Cue maniacal cackling as we plan to take over the world.

A NodeBot is any JavaScript-powered robot, and the aim of the day was to bridge the gap into the physical world with the help of Arduinos, sensors, servos, motors, LEDs and a load of LEGO.

Most importantly, we had a flag:

NodeBots flag

Alan Shaw and Oli Evans very kindly came up for the day from London… Read more

Groovy SOAP clients with ws-lite 21 Aug 2014

When we needed to quickly build a proof-of-concept to test a set of SOAP services I thought: “this is perfect for Groovy, and it’s DSL support will mean talking to SOAP won’t require stub generation or any of that pain”. I was almost right.

TLDR; My client script is available as a GitHub gist for cannibalisation.

SOAP is almost legacy, but it’s still the only way to interface with large enterprise systems, at least in healthcare. Just as I’ve come to accept that CSV is the way everyone sends lab and patient records (when they’re… Read more