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Don Christie

Open source underpins Open Knowledge

"Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restriction. Open knowledge is a set of principles and...
Brendan Heywood

Under the hood of Moodle’s cron system

At Catalyst we work with a lot of clients who have pretty big Moodle instances. One of the critical parts of Moodle is the Task API aka cron system which ticks along in the...
Andrew Boag

Follow The Sun Support – One Year In

Catalyst started up in 1997, and from humble beginnings as an outsourced services company we have grown to over 250 staff globally, with seven offices across Australia, New...
Chris Cormack

How many other IT companies have a Kapa Haka?

I'm going to hazard a guess and say, not many, if any. As part of our birthday celebrations, all the staff of our NZ offices spent Friday the 7th of July being able to work on...
Don Christie

20 Years Ago

20 years ago Jim Bolger was still our Prime Minister, the All Blacks made a clean sweep of the Bledisloe Cup and Wellington became the first city in the world to lay a fibre loop...
Jen Zajac

How to run a conference

I recently had the pleasure of directing the first national JavaScript conference for New Zealand, which took place in Wellington earlier this year. The conference, nz.js(con);...
Donna Benjamin

What's an Inkscape?

Inkscape is free and open source drawing software.  It’s available for Linux (of course), but also for Windows, and for MacOS too.  It’s a tool for drawing 2D vector...

Koha adventures in India

A few times a year Chris Cormack gets on a plane to somewhere really interesting to talk about Koha. Chris was the original developer of Koha and is in demand for speaking gigs...
Evan Giles

JMeter as a Load Testing Tool

Catalyst manage a lot of Enterprise web applications, enough that we are always seem to be upgrading one instance or another. More and more in the world of cloud native...
Zoe Lu

DevOpsDays Sydney 2016

  Late last year, I attended DevOpsDays Sydney 2016 Conference. This conference aims to have all participants, learning and sharing ideas of adopting DevOps...
Ian Beardslee

Catalyst Open Source Academy 2017

I want to talk (or is that blog?) about something that makes Catalyst a fantastic place to work. Something that challenges the minds of the next generation.
Alex Buckley

A better onboarding tool for Koha

In November 2016 Mika Smith and I started as Koha interns at Catalyst. We were given an exciting opportunity to help library administrators all around the world by redesigning the...