We’re having a week-long company-internal sprint this week:
Somewhere outside the office (40 km outside the office, more or less). A nice excuse for me for doing a 37km bicycle ride!
No disturbance by people stopping at your desk. And the implied permission to be rude to everyone who bugs you by telephone. And permission to ignore your email for a week.
Fully focused on improving the code.
Ok, what’s that turtle? A set of python scripts and libraries for Arcgis, a commercial GIS package. The scripts steer you into using a specific methodology of dealing with your geographic data, resulting in better analysis and better maps.
What are some of the things we want to solve?
A proper windows installation.
A graphical export of connected water areas. Basically “graphviz” for those that know that python library.
Anything we can fix after that is a bonus.
Dealing with arcgis can be a pain. Commercial and closed source, so some errors just stay plain unexplained. No way to debug. A comment by a colleague today is illustrating: it is like going to a bakery and asking for a bread and getting the answer “sorry, we’re out of pork chops”. Aargh, that’s not what I asked for!
What did we get done today?
Pieter got cracking with a windows installer around our buildouts. Not finished yet, but the buildouts themselves can already be installed. Great work.
Coen and Jonas introduced us to the code, fixed and closed bugs all day, answered questions. They’re the two main authors of turtle, so they’re happy we’re finally having a full week with the four of us to work on it full-time.
On to four more days!
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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