The last year or so

Thijs van der Vossen

This morning we had a meeting with a potential new client. When he asked us to name the companies we’ve worked for recently, I realized we haven’t posted much about the work we’ve done in the last year or so.

Mostly, we’ve been working on larger back-end and some internal projects. We helped Brighter Planet build a web application that allows people to keep track of, and then reduce, their climate impact. They’re now up and running, and slowly moving their Rails development inside the company.

For Prada we built an auction system which has been used to sell unique prototype pieces. This project is now also being maintained by an internal developer at Prada.

Boom Test Uitgevers, a publisher of psychological tests, asked us to design and implement an architecture that allows third-party developers to integrate Boom’s tests safely and easily. We decided to split their existing Rails project into a separate account management and multiple test scoring applications that talk to eachother using ActiveResource. See the Account Manager and Scoring API documentation for an overview of how this works.

For another tests publisher, Bohn Stafleu van Loghun, we designed and implemented three different testing products, one providing diagnostic tests for psychotherapists, one that allows teachers to screen schoolchildren for psychosocial problems, and an early warning instrument for use in eldercare.

For a large NGO we built a suite of small campaigning tools that integrate with their web publishing platform.

We also created two e-learning applications; Dr.Stat, a statistics course developed by the University of Amsterdam, …

…and Basics, currently being used by the educational publisher Boom Onderwijs to create various courses.

For Mountain Goat Software we designed and built Planning Poker, a fun estimation tool for distributed agile teams.

Finally, we also did a few regular website projects, for example Rijnboutt Van der Vossen Rijnboutt, Hendriks Schulten architecten, and Uitgeverij Luister.