Colleague in ProfHacker

Ryan Cordell at ProfHacker:

Next—and more directly germane to digital humanities work—is “The Rubyist Historian.” Jason Heppler, a graduate student in the history department at the University of Nebraska, recently began using his blog “to write an accessible introduction to Ruby and demonstrate not only how to write small programs but also think about ways programming can help scholars in their everyday tasks.” Jason’s guide is accessible, even to a complete novice like me.

Another well deserved shout out for my colleague Jason Heppler, who has just completed an e-book guide to introduce programming to historians.

Another interesting side note is the author addressing concerns in the digital humanities (primarily English and literature scholars) about being compared to “the culture of Big Theory back in the 80s and 90s.” As a historian, this comparison is interesting as quantitative history of the 60s and 70s is often brought up with regards to digital history.

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