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UHack2017 - Biggest Hackathon in Tassie

The biggest Hackathon in Tasmania has just come to a close over the weekend. Hosted by The University of Tasmania, 19 teams from Burnie, Launceston and Hobart competed over 3 days to develop a working software application, a business model and a pitch video.

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  1. Email Form Validation with New TLD's

    I thought I would write up a quick piece about email validation routines. It's something that has been really bugging me ever since I took up one of the new generic top level domains - '.technology'.

    I have discovered many websites from organisations big and small that refuse to accept this as a valid email address. Mostly because of outdated javascript validation routines on the web forms. I have even had folks try to tell me this is not a valid email address!

  2. ETL with Pentaho Data Integration

    This quick guide is for those who want to get started with Pentaho Data Integration and learn the very basics. Duration is about: 15 - 20 mins.

    I wanted to show how you can do some basic extraction and manipulation with Pentaho Data Integration so I'm using the same source file - LinkedIn contacts extracted from your own profile.

    On the first run through this could be a 15 to 20 minute affair but on subsequent passes you will be building and running transforms in no time flat.

    Oh and I'm running through this on Windows 10 but you should be able to follow along just fine on Linux or Mac. Just make sure you have a working Java runtime environment.