Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Top Tips to Start Coding in Academia

Latest version published on 15 August, 2022.

Starting to write academic code can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t come from a coding background - there’s a lot of myths and preconceptions around it. This guide is for those who are just starting to write scientific code, to give you a few clear tips about getting started writing code!

Reading Human Biomechanics Data into R

Latest version published on 4 November, 2021.

Dr Rebecca Hamilton discusses her learning from the Research Software Camp's learning to code programme.

Don’t be afraid - anyone can learn to code

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

SSI Fellow Emma Karoune discusses her journey in learning to code.

RightField - Stealthy semantic annotation with spreadsheets

Latest version published on 2 November, 2021.

By Stuart Owen and Katy Wolstencroft.

Using Python to double check your work

Latest version published on 1 November, 2021.

Peter Inglesby gives an introduction to Python.

Guide: 5 Popular Myths of Learning to Code

Latest version published on 15 August, 2022.

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?