All last year I was a Praxis Fellow in the Scholars’ Lab, where they gave us a “soup to nuts” crash course in all things digital humanities. As a part of the program, the fellows were asked to reflect periodically on their experiences on the Scholars’ Lab blog.
I did not do a good job of continually cross-posting those blog posts to this site, so I wanted to make sure that they were properly linked here. I posted with the program on a variety of topics from my work as a developer, to reflections on collaborative programming, to our own plan for the year. Many of the posts relate to Prism, the tool we built over the course of the year. The Scholars’ Lab has a list of all my posts to date. Below I included the posts with a short gloss.
- Hello World: I reflect on how our team would interact with the previous year’s Praxis team.
- Failure: On the importance of failing in public and my first stab at creating a personal website.
- Marking and Explanation in Prism: Thoughts on the marking interface in Prism and its implications for the interpretive process.
- The Direction of Prism: Attempts to reflect broadly on how particular types of changes to the project might affect its direction.
- Prism Proposal: Against Anonymity: An argument for the redesign of Prism to track individual users in relation to the total dataset.
- Poster Abstract and Code Camp: Discusses our DH2013 poster abstract and first reflections on learning code.
- Your Digital Life in 140 Characters: I discuss my first foray into Twitter.
- Fizzing, Buzzing: Links my solution to the Fizz Buzz programming homework.
- Grading in Ruby: I develop a very basic program that will compute your end of semester grading for you.
- Ruby Grading 2.0: I attempt to redesign the same grading program to have cleaner, more elegant code.
- Looking Forward: Possible directions for the project.
- On Learning Code: Discusses the online tools that I found most helpful for learning coding.
- Omniauth: On implementing Omniauth for Prism.
- Out on a (Small) Limb: Discusses the importance of small feature branches when working collaboratively.
- On Tasks Large and Small: On realistic expectations and identifying problems.
- Arduino Rainbow Hack: Reflects on an Arduino hackday held in the Scholars’ Lab.