Visualizing and growing diversity in software communities

What if we knew each other a little better and were more likely to collaborate? I recently helped put together an effort to do just that for the Free Software Foundation, and I would love to cross-pollinate and connect it with other communities that have a shared mission and different skills. The basic idea of this campaign involves showing the faces and allowing the passionate messages of the people to be heard within a community: No one from the outside can feel like part of a community without connecting or identifying with someone inside the community.

Moving towards a service oriented architecture

In this installment of our case study about working with long term projects I will explain the architectural decisions made by our client, ZEIT ONLINE, regarding the relaunch of their digital subscription platform. Please refer to part 1 of this series for basic information about the project and a discussion of how to deal with the evolution of programming languages and operating systems.

Working with long-term projects

For long-term projects one of the engineering challenges is to cope with technical evolution. The languages, libraries, and third party software like database engines and web servers we are using are under continuous development; new features are only added to the current development branches and security updates are only applied to currently supported releases. Using the example of one of our projects I will point out specific challenges and possible ways to deal with them in a series of posts.

Putting powerful platforms under cooperative control

On November 13th and 14th in New York City, several hundred people gathered to talk about the problems of an online economy reliant on monopoly, extraction, and surveillance—and discuss how to build a "cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them."