Newsletter: February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010

LDSTech Developers Conference 2010

We are excited to announce the inaugural LDSTech Developers Conference, conveniently scheduled for the Thursday and Friday before general conference (April 1-2). It will be held at the Riverton Office Building in Riverton, Utah.

This event is for those who want to contribute their talents to Church-sponsored technology projects. You will learn about the tools and services available and how to get started on projects that interest you.

There is no charge for this event. However, seating is limited and those interested should register as early as possible.

If you are traveling from outside the Salt Lake City area, discounted hotel rates are available in downtown Salt Lake City and Sandy areas.

Learn more about the LDSTech Developers Conference.

 


From the Archives

Working with Names from Around the World
by Cindy Conlin

One of the first steps in building global software is to recognize that many assumptions Americans often hold about how people’s names work are not universally true. Much of the software used by the Church use people’s names, and we’ve found an amazing amount of diversity in the name-related traditions of different cultures. Can you distinguish fact from fiction in the name myths?

Myth 1:

The concepts “first name” and “last name” are consistent across cultures.

False. In America, we use the Western name order, and so Americans instinctively know that the last name in George Timothy Clooney is also the family name. By contrast, several other cultures place names in the Eastern order, always listing the family name first. For example, the Chinese will always use Jacki Chan’s Chinese name in the order “Chan Kong Sang”, and they know that the first name “Chan” is the family name.

As a result, if you label name fields in your global software with the position-based terms FirstName and LastName, you may not get what you expect.

Read full article.

 


Community Projects

If you're finding it difficult to keep track of all the community projects available and what they are, see the new Community Projects wiki page.

All projects that you can contribute to are listed on this page, making it easier to find the information you are looking for. Projects are currently divided into Java Web-based projects and mobile project. Each project is summarized and lists the project URL, Subversion URL, and JIRA URL and optionally, a BETA URL.

This page will always contain the most up-to-date summary of community projects. Visit it often and refer your friends to it.

 


Community Spotlight

Joseph Scott is a community volunteer working on Church technology projects. He has been instrumental in various projects, and we're excited to continue working with him.

LDSTech: What is your experience in programming?

Joseph Scott: Until 1997 most of my programming was in C. Then one day sitting around with some co-workers some suggested that we really needed a person who knew Perl. That was all the hint I needed. I dove head long in Perl, which eventually led to PHP for Web work. For the last three years I've been working on WordPress related projects so nearly all of that code has been in PHP.

LDSTech: How do you feel about volunteering on a Church development project?

Joseph Scott: I'm thrilled to be able to help in development work. Being able to mix technology with Church projects is terrific. I'm passionate and excited about both; being able to bring them together is very exciting.

LDSTech: What is the most challenging aspect of doing volunteer development work for the Church?

Joseph Scott: I'd say figuring out how to fit in with what the Church needs are and how to accomplish these goals alongside a large IT department.

LDSTech: What is the most surprising thing you've discovered about doing volunteer development work for the Church?

Joseph Scott: The size and scope of the challenges and projects that the Church has in the technology sector.

LDSTech: What could the Church do to help the community members contribute more easily to Church projects?

Joseph Scott: Some big and important steps have been made in making it possible for members to contribute their time and talents to Church technology projects. The other pieces that need figuring out fall into two main groups; resource related (email lists, code management, etc.) and leadership/management of projects. Exactly how much time people will be able to give will vary (it will likely vary for individuals overtime). Resources also need to be in place to help as many people as possible contribute effectively.

 

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