Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Guide: 5 Popular Myths of Learning to Code

Latest version published on 4 November, 2021.

Steve Crouch, SSI Research Software Group Lead, calls out some of the myths surrounding coding.

An introduction to unit testing

Latest version published on 8 December, 2021.

This guide is the first in the Unit Testing for Scale and Profit series. In this guide we’ll look into techniques of automated testing to improve the predictability of a software change, make development more productive, and help us produce code that works as expected and yields desired results. We'll use Python for illustration purposes, but the concepts and approaches can be readily applied to many other languages.

How to make a great screencast application for our Fellowship Programme

Latest version published on 21 September, 2021.

The main application for our Fellowship programme is a voiceover of a slide presentation screencast and reviewers will base the bulk of their decision on it during shortlisting. So, how can you make the best impression? Here are some tips.

Applications to the SSI Fellowship Programme 2022 now open

Latest version published on 9 September, 2021.

We are pleased to announce that applications to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2022 are now open! This round will also be a pilot for opening up the programme to international applicants. The deadline to apply is 31 October 2021.

The role of the R community in the Research Software Engineering movement

Latest version published on 7 September, 2021.

What does a Research Software Engineer (RSE) who uses R do? How can we promote RSE career paths? How can we identify and highlight which funders are most research software friendly? How can we increase visibility of RSEs in the R community? Could we develop a podcast on ‘meet the R-engineers’ or collaborate with an existing R podcast? What should a book “Research Software Engineering with R” contain? How do we develop an RSE for R users community?

Remote, hybrid or office-based: how should RSEs be working as we emerge from the pandemic?

Latest version published on 2 September, 2021.

Jeffrey Carver, Jeremy Cohen and Caroline Jay explore the practicalities and relative pros and cons of in-person, remote, and hybrid modes of working that are common to the vast majority of research software roles.

Review of the SE4Science Workshop at ICCS 2021

Latest version published on 1 September, 2021.

SSI Fellow Matthew Bluteau discusses the International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS) 2021.

Top tips for online presentations

Latest version published on 27 August, 2021.

Over the last couple of years delivering presentations online has become par for the course, with Covid-19 forcing many people to work from home and events to be delivered remotely. With our work culture changing, online presentations look set to stay, so here are our top tips to help you deliver a strong recording.

Onions and Watermelons: What can research software learn from agile coaching?

Latest version published on 26 August, 2021.

SSI Fellow Sorrel Harriet looks at research software engineering from an agile team coaching perspective and suggest some lessons it could take from modern software engineering.

Breaking down barriers

Latest version published on 9 September, 2021.

Introducing 2021 RSE Fellow Peter Hill.