Day three of Developer Happiness Days is only just beginning but two ideas have already been made real by the keen coders here.
Splash URL came out of a plea by Tony Hirst in his Mash-ups talk when he bemoaned the lack of an easy way to shorten a long url and have it appear in large type in the centre of the presentation so that people can easily copy it down. No sooner said than done – Chris Gutteridge jumped on the case and Splash URL was born.
According to Tony Hirst, Developer Happiness Days is working its magic:
“I'm doubly happy because we've got the SplashURL working and I'm really happy that apparently as a result of things that have happened over the last few days E-prints has got a JSON output. This means that the output can be easily pulled into a webpage leading to all kinds of mash-up joy. JISC's willingness to engage makes me really happy!”
Meanwhile, Sam Easterby-Smith is measuring the happiness of the developers at dev8D in real time using Twitter. Whenever anything is Tweeted using the dev8D tag, if a fraction is included to indicate happiness (such as 9/10), it gets added to the dev8D Happier Pipe and the total sum of happiness at dev8d can be seen at a glance – and in lurid colours, too. Right now, dev8D is looking pretty darn happy.
“There's nothing like a bit of dirty code cooked up over a nice curry,” said Sam. “It's been very good to just get to hang out with other developers and exchange ideas, a lot of which have been quite outside my normal comfort zone and what I do. It's been really valuable.”