Summer Placement, LugRadio Live 2006

Summer Placement

I’ve now been on my summer placement with Senokian Solutions for a week or so. We’re working on version 2.0 of the Enterprise Groupware System. We’ve written the basics of the framework pretty much from scratch in a couple of weeks, it follows the Model View Controller design pattern and uses ADOdb database abstraction, the Smarty template engine and Simple Test unit testing amongst other free software projects.

Now that phase 1 of the framework is complete (pending the completion of unit testing) my job will shift focus to the ERP and accounting module. I’m mainly working with Greg who is leading the development of EGS 2.0 and Paul who is another summer placement student.

The office is cool (in both the froody and air conditioned senses of the word), we have a fridge full of free drinks, coffee machine and even an office dog called Archie! The development environment is Linux/Apache/Postgres/PHP with Subversion and Trac and Ubuntu thin client workstations with Firefox, Thunderbird et. al. Perfect.

LugRadio Live 2006

It’s probably a bit late for these images but… I'm going to LugRadio Live 2006 I'm going to LugRadio Live 2006

LugRadio Live was great! Bigger and better than last year for sure. There were a couple of very dull talks (especially for lauperr who actually fell asleep) but also a lot of very interesting ones. I particularly liked the talk by Simon Phipps from Sun who articulated the changing direction of the software market brilliantly in “The Zen of Open Source”.

Poor old Jono lost his beard but raised about £600 for charity.

In other news…

I now finally have the Internet at home again (home as in temporary home in covernty) thanks to lauperr‘s cunning router configuration skills.

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