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Mea culpa: Lessons learned from firefighting

Background On the morning of Tuesday, May 23 there was a mood of excitement within the Australian team of The Conversation as donations from generous supporters began to roll in. The annual appeal for…

Finding flow: learning Ruby on the job

I’d graduated from university with a degree I loved but the prospect of finding a stimulating job, let alone a career, was slim. I wasn’t sure where my life was leading. I was stuck. This podcast on design…
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How we built an Arduino-powered ping pong scoreboard

At The Conversation, we take table tennis very seriously. After setting up a new ping pong table, and wanting to learn how to use an Arduino, I had a bit of time to build a scoreboard. An Arduino is a…

Converting HTML to Markdown with Upmark

Here at The Conversation we run a Job Board that requires parsing a whole bunch of job descriptions in HTML and converting them to Markdown. When we originally built the Job Board we looked around for…

Our i18n Workflow

The Conversation was launched in 2011 in partnership with Australian universities. Later on, the platform was extended to support partnerships with institutions in the UK, USA and Africa. So far, for all…

Welcome Back!

In the early days of The Conversation, the technical team published a series of blog posts that gave some insights into the challenges they faced. As any blogger knows, the major challenge of such an endeavour…

The Fire Drill

A fire drill is a method of practicing the evacuation of a building for a fire or other emergency. Generally, the emergency system (usually an alarm) is activated and the building is evacuated as though…