Language, discrimination and software development

I recently noticed myself using gendered language to talk about computer things where gender was irrelevant.  This got me thinking about language, and prejudice and discrimination, more broadly.  Beyond the obvious, decency-related reasons, being more open to how people are different from you could help you do your job in IT. Gendered magic The trigger … Continue reading Language, discrimination and software development

Organising technical documents for a good user experience

I was doing some technical writing at work recently, and I realised that I had automatically and unconsciously used a particular structure for the document.  It’s not something that geeks like me are always taught – I know it only because my Dad used to help people improve their technical writing.  So, in case it’s … Continue reading Organising technical documents for a good user experience

Imagination

Imagination might not be the first quality you think of when you think of people who build computer systems.  However, I think it’s really helpful for many parts of the process – designing, building and testing it. Old English Digression First, a digression into Scandinavia via UK primary schools.  This is my friend Tim Eagling … Continue reading Imagination