Monday, November 10, 2014

A retrospective of last weeks presentation at NRK

A couple of months ago, I gave my "How to create a Web API no one wants to use" presentation at CodePub Oslo, a meetup for female developers. At this meetup I met Anastasia, a women working at NRK, "the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, and the largest media organisation in Norway". I had a great conversation and discussion with Anastasia after the presentation. It was very refreshing as it's not often I get to discuss technical topics with other women.
A couple of weeks later, Anastasias team leader, Marianne, contacted me wondering if I was interested in giving the same presentation at NRK. And of course, I said yes. As I'm doing the same presentation at TechDays Stockholm at the end of November and NDC London in December, I thought this was a great opportunity to get some extra practice. 
At the moment, NRK is doing some very interesting API development, which I'm hoping one day will result in a public API (pretty, please?). Being of one those weird people without a television, I'm a huge fan of their streaming services, and and I'm still baffled that they're supplying all this awesome content to their users for free. I would gladly pay for these services, so I'm hoping we'll see a change in the license-model soon! 
Having these great services, it's not a big surprise that there's some pretty cool technology behind it all. A lot of the applications NRK have developed, and continue to develop, are hosted in Azure, and they have a high focus on continous integration and testing. These are things we all would like to see in our projects! For more information on the technology choices they've taken, I recommend reading "Derfor kjører NRK i nettskyen"
Thank you, Anastasia and Marianne for inviting me! I hope to see you again soon! 

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