Research and Programming

Right now my research and programming go hand in hand. Saving all sources and notes in a database proved to be a very good idea. Adding new sources to the database is easy in Adminer.

Whenever new additions are made to the database, it’s a matter of seconds to compile a new bibliography file via my Python script.

Now I write, and write. Texts, notes, ideas, chapters, structures … poor out. The database is a major tool in the creative work.¬†Quotations are made via the ID in the database. Since the value is unique there are no conflicts in the bibtex file.

In the actual texts its a matter of adding @wp_81 – or whatever the id of the relevant source may be.

All my texts are written in markdown. I can compile the texts to .pdf, .epub, .docx etc. via a Pandoc script i bash.

With this “toolbox” it’s easy to write the academic dissertation.

Right now the writing process is in a phase of “write-out”. I don’t care to finish anything. It’s like drawing a sketch on paper. But when the chapters are compiled – it turns into a report, with all the academic features: lists of content, notes, and a very precise academic bibliography.

I never thought, that writing and programming were related in this way. But it’s a fact: programming and (academic) creative writing are related.

Published by Per Thykjaer Jensen

Senior Lecturer at the Multimedia Design and Communication Programme at Aarhus Business College. I teach code and UX. Linux evangelist and WordPress expert.

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