16th March, 2007

The Challenge

Filed under: General,python — admin @ 8:48 am

So, its official (see the announcement for the 13th of March, 2007). I’ve given up the cosy world of consulting for the hustle and bustle of a real job.

I’m now the software services manager at CommSecure. I should take this opportunity to echo the bloggers motto – the words published here are entirely my own and do not represent the views of my employer.

Its a bit of change for me because I’ll no longer be working with ERP systems but rather looking after the team that write and support the systems that sit at the very core of the company’s operations. Not only that but its a technology shift as well. Away from enterprise technologies like Oracle, Java, .Net, and the like and towards the brave new world of Linux, PostreSQL and Python. The team at CommSecure is one of the biggest concentrations of Python developers in this part of the world and that was, if I’m honest, a significant attraction of this new role.

Sadly I won’t be very hands on, not unless things get really hairy. So whilst I may mention the technologies in use at work here in passing most of my focus is going to be on the transition from managing people for the duration of a project to managing a team of people (and the associated projects) on a more permanent basis.

Its a big challenge for me, and the first few days have illustrated how big, but I’m looking forward to it.

9th March, 2007


Filed under: General — admin @ 11:14 pm

I am now officially unemployed. Yea me. More details will be forthcoming next week when (hopefully) I’ll be able to link to a press release all about little old me. For those slavishly following my every word on twitter I didn’t take a cold beer into my exit interview. Although I was severely tempted.

I won’t be talking out of turn when I say that you’ll be seeing less Oracle related stuff and a lot more Python and management related discussion on these here pages. I’ll have more to say when I’m gainfully employed again.

7th March, 2007

Gerald Release 0.2

Filed under: database,python — admin @ 9:24 am

I’ve packaged and released version 0.2 of gerald. You can find all of the details on the project page but in a nutshell the changes from the last release are;

  1. A test suite – using py.test
  2. Support for more database objects – views, sequences, stored code objects, indexes, etc.
  3. A large number of bug fixes. Too many to mention here.
  4. Use of my dburi module for database connectivity

There’s probably more but I didn’t keep a comprehensive change register whilst I was tinkering with the code, an oversight I’ve already addressed for the inevitable 0.2.1 release.

This code has been fairly extensively tested and exercised in the real world but I’d appreciate any feedback, bug reports or patches.

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