Open Source at Softwire
27 December 2013, by Tim Perry
We use a huge variety of different tools and frameworks at Softwire, a large number of which are open-source, and it’s great to be able to do our part to contribute back to these, and to get involved with the wider software development community in other ways too.
One of the things we’ve been doing this month is 24 Pull Requests, an initiative to contribute code to the tools you use every day, in the run up to Christmas, which has been going great so far (although I’ll leave the full details of that for another post, once the dust has settled).
We do try to contribute to open-source wherever possible the rest of the time too though, and to help encourage all the excellent work Softwire people have been doing here, I’d like to highlight some of the great things we’ve been building and doing over the last few months, both in our spare time and as part of our day-to-day work:
- Jamie Humphries has added object change histories to the AS3 bitmap drawing lib (described by the maintainer as ‘awesome and beautiful’), and updated Github’s default .gitignore file to include Microsoft Fakes assemblies
- Rowan Hill has done more ongoing work on his open-source automatic XSS detection tool, and has been putting lots of great improvements into improving IODocs (an interactive API documentation system)
- Dave Simons went to BattleHack and built a great looking open-source charity activity leaderboard app
- Noam Finkelstein’s a new starter here at Softwire, but has been going to an unreasonably impressive number of hackathons, almost every other weekend, and building all sorts of cool things with other people in the development community there.
- I (Tim Perry) have been working on LogLevel (open-source JS logging, now at 0.5.0!), and putting in pull requests to improve all sorts of other libraries, including Mockito, Sauce-Tunnel, and Lodash.
- Conan Cook invited some of our friends from the open-data institute in to talk to us about how they’re doing everything open-source, with fully publically visible IRC + Jenkins + Github.
- Harry Cummings has been building a variety of neat open-source things including writing up a quick library for optimistic concurrency in Hibernate, and building Run Run Rabbit, a competitive rabbit-based puzzle game
- Jenny Mulholland’s been contributing lots of great testing guidance and ideas to the open-source testing community docs at the Ministry of Testing
- Harry, Jenny & Iain Monro have been building an open-source game for the Github Game-Off 2013, based around climate change
- Rich Bradley & Adrian Lowdon have fixed our traffic light, hooked it up to run with our Jenkins server once again, and put the code to do so up publically on Github (with a great contender for best commit message to boot: ‘Make Disco the default action on new checkouts’)
For more, take a flick through our github pages, on github.com/softwire.
Tags: Open Source