Cockatoo Software

October 2010 Update

Published on 13 October, 2010 by Keith Pitty

The last few months seem to have flown. It’s time to provide an update about what Cockatoo Software has been working on.

In terms of who has been doing the work, it has mainly been yours truly but if you read on you’ll find that there have been some welcome contributions from others.

Rails, Flex, Drive and Control

Since early in 2010, I have had the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of a system used by an engineering company that makes drive and control products.

From a technical point of view, this project has offered variety because of the tools that comprise the system as a whole. At the core is a Ruby on Rails application which largely acts as an intermediary between an Adobe Flex application and a much older legacy application. Without going into further details it has certainly been interesting to work on a Rails app that is not a typical CRUD web application.

Reading Eggs

The Reading Eggs project has been going from strength to strength in 2010. I have been privileged to play an ongoing role with the Ruby and Rails development as the Blake web development team expands. They’re a talented group of people and it’s a delight to be contributing to such a positive human outcome.

Rails 3 supports OHS

A couple of months ago, I was engaged to develop the server-side component of a web application that will support users in their endeavour to master the details of occupational health and safety requirements.

The timing of this project has provided an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the many improvements in Rails 3.0. The development has been progressing well and is due for completion within the next few weeks.

It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge Richard Heycock for his valuable assistance in setting up the virtual private server for the deployment of this application.

Central Coast Automatics

Earlier this year, the opportunity arose to help an excellent local automotive business establish a presence on the web. Due to the combined talent of Jeremy Cooper (web design), Aprill Allen from Dev Logic (copywriting), Lisa Lent (photography) and Andy Snow of Octopus Computing (hosting), the proprietors of Central Coast Automatics are delighted with their new website, which was launched last month.

What’s Next?

There is still plenty of work for Cockatoo Software to complete in 2010. However, I must say I am also looking forward to recharging the professional batteries at the upcoming Rails Camp 8 unconference in Perth and the YOW! Australia conference in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, there are more user stories to complete!

Keith Pitty is the owner of Cockatoo Software Pty Limited. He has over 30 years of professional software development experience and has a passion for providing software solutions that help people. Away from computers he loves sport, especially cricket, golf and Australian Rules football.