Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Twenty Percent

I realized a couple of days ago that I'd never blogged about what Software Carpentry needs to accomplish in order to change the practice of science fundament...
October 23, 2012

Key Points

On the flight back from Vancouver yesterday, I finally did what I should have done eight months ago and compiled the key points from our core lesson content....
October 23, 2012

25 Questions

We've tried several times to define Software Carpentry's aims and content in terms of the questions that researchers ask (see for example our competence matr...
October 23, 2012

Getting Credit

A recurring theme in our discussion with scientists is how hard it is to get academic credit for building software, but there are some hopeful signs. As Caro...
October 22, 2012

Excel Isn’t Intrinsically Evil

Excel and other spreadsheets aren't intrinsically evil, but like any power tool, they can easily take off fingers when used carelessly. From Neil Saunders' b...
October 22, 2012