Links: new BBC iPlayer Radio, Connected Studio and Behaviour Driven Development

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The latest on changes to the BBC iPlayer Radio can be found in Dan Bean's blog post. Roger Bolton and radio listeners quizzed Mark Friend (Controller, Radio Multiplatform) on this week's Feedback (interview starts two minutes in) and comments are still open on Dan's post.

The impressive Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for last week's Connected Studio

If you missed last Tuesday's Connected Studio in Cardiff on Classical Music there are selected pictures on the live blog. Simon Hopkins wrote up the event on the Turner Hopkins blog:

"Steve Bowbrick, Head of Digital at Radio 3 then talked us through some of the issues at stake today. I was particularly taken with his observation the Classical Music had for decades been at the cutting edge of technology, citing, among other things, the world’s first subscription music service, Théâtrophone, provided over the phone in 1881 (which Steve referred to as a “highly immersive Victorian cyber space"..."

You can follow Connected Studio on twitter @BBC_Connected.

The BBC College of Technology published a video and article on "Behaviour Driven Development":

"Behaviour driven development (BDD) is a workflow for software development, inspired by the habits of the most efficient Test driven develpment (TDD) teams. It aims to bring together best practices via a clear and simple language... BDD helps teams to translate the business requirements into a language the software developers can implement. The methodology refers to this as a ubiquitous language."

Two weeks ago the BBC published a technical review by consultants Accenture on the Digital Media Initiative which was picked up last week by ex BBC man Bill Rogers. The report includes a glossary of various technical terms and project najmes. For example, here's the definition of "soak test":

"Test involving a higher workload that the system is expected to handle. This can show breakpoints and can help with future capacity planning. The load can be achieved by either increasing users (preferable) or reducing/removing think times."

Steve Hewitt in the Guardian last Monday commented on various BBC technology related matters, including DMI and You View while later in the week Andrew Orlovski in the Register was caustic about the "Year of Code" but also suggested some alternative ideas.

Have a great week.

Nick Reynolds is Editor, BBC Internet blog


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