• Governments get open on GitHub

    Posted October 22, 2013 - 6:00 am

    A new GitHub site aggregates and showcases the open source repositories managed by governments and civic minded hackers
  • Unix: Chopping up CSV files

    Posted July 13, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    CSV (comma-separated values) files represent a common standard for transmitting data between applications. Like the more generic "flat files", each line in a CSV file represents a record. Exporting or importing data from and to applications such as Excel in CSV format is standard practice for a lot of applications. Hand a CSV file to a tool such as awk, however, and you may run into some problems. Let's look at the problems and at a handy Perl module that takes the stress out of working with CSV files on Unix systems.
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    Techtorials - An experiment with an electronic sheet of foolscap

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    I spend a lot of time drawing pictures to explain technical concepts. How can that medium - the quick paper-based sketch - be best turned into a web format? Here is what we have come up with. We call them techtorials.
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