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New BBC Blogs on the Block: Web Developer and Research & Development

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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 16:50 UK time, Thursday, 19 November 2009

Baldrick and BlackadderThere are two new BBC blogs to tell you about that look like they're going to be well worth following.

The Web Developer blog rather self-effacingly and modestly describes itself as

"A blog about the web and the BBC, from the people who build the BBC website."
From its first half dozen or so posts you can see that this is a blog that isn't afraid to get down and dirty and tell it how it is. As Richard Northover, a developer at the BBC who's also one of the blog's editors, writes in his introductory Hello World post:
"This new blog will be from people who spend their days up to their eyeballs in the nitty-gritty of building bbc.co.uk. It'll be less about the grand scheme of things, and more about the details of how things work - and often don't work - down on the front line. If the Internet Blog is the view from General Melchett, this is Blackadder. And, inevitably, Baldrick."

I like what they're doing and what they're saying (even if I don't understand all of it) and hope you will too.

A more recent arrival is the Research & Development blog which is the place

"...where researchers, scientists and engineers from BBC R&D share their work in developing the media technologies of the future."
In his opening post Matthew Postgate, the Controller of Research & Development at the BBC, says that:
"This blog will form a part of the way we show you how we are working, developing and growing, and will of course offer a place where you can ask us about our work.

So get your questions ready for Matthew and the team. Also as a taste have a look at the latest post from earlier today by John Fletcher, a BBC Senior Engineer, that's all about Ingex
"...a PC-based audio/video recording system that can be used in multi-camera studios instead of video tape recorders."

Paul Murphy is the editor of the Internet blog.



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