Coding for Victory

Code for Victory

As much as I would like to say that I spent my day undertaking traditional archaeology, you know fighting Nazi’s and digging up dinosaurs, it actually involved me coding most of the day. On a side note, yesterday I learned that paleontologists actually do up to 10,000 years ago so there is some overlap between them and us. For all us archaeologists that hate to be asked that question about dinosaurs people are actually closer than you think and paleontologists hate that question as much as we do as not all of them work with dinosaurs. Anyways I digress,  I spent my Day of Archaeology coding for I had spent the last week doing a complete re-write of the website (now down to 9k download per page, roughly), it was built from scratch. After complete a re-write of the old code I decide to add some new aspects to the website. Why? well because we are looking into creating a journal hosting system for Open Access Archaeology to host Open Access archaeology journals and that needs to have some specific features like an editor, publishing, rss, etc.

That meant for my day of archaeology I was looking into adding a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to the website. There are several well know systems out there, wordpress which everyone is writing their Day of Archaeology posts in uses one, but I found that they are very heavy and not very well documented, at least for what I needed. Needless to say, I spent the whole morning figuring that out. By lunch time I decided that I was going to make my own editor from scratch. With a little help from stackoverflow and some trial and error by the end of the day I had an editor up and working on the website. It does not look pretty but it works and it was all done by hand. Not very exciting or traditional but it is how I spent most of my Day of Archaeology.

What I did do that was very archaeology related was work on a resume and cover letter for a job. My current employment runs out at the end of this month so I am back looking for new jobs. That is how I spent the rest of my day, working on my resume. I believe most of you archaeologists can relate to this.

Doug Rocks-Macqueen