Category: 3.5 Life of a Professor

  • Should you be reaching at a venture-backed private college?

    Should you be reaching at a venture-backed private college?

    Judging from my industry friends, some time in their professional career (usually later), the teaching bug bites them and they wonder about passing on their knowledge to a new generation of industrialists and entrepreneurs. A regular position as a professor at a German public university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences) is often unattainable…

  • GitHub workflows for office documents

    GitHub workflows for office documents

    On April 1st, 2020 (no joke), we founded EDITIVE, to take the lessons learned from git and GitHub to office documents. Here is an illustration of the problem that EDITIVE is solving, a typical office document for a contract that has been mangled by too many people: The solution to sort out a mess like…

  • What software vendors don’t seem to understand about university teaching

    What software vendors don’t seem to understand about university teaching

    I often get approached by software vendors with the suggestion that I teach a course using one of their product tutorials. There are plenty of open source databases, operating systems, and cloud computing solutions who want to make it into my curriculum. Of course, vendors don’t always call their product tutorials by that name, but…

  • Current Talks as of 2013-06-15

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A. Professor of Open Source Software, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg dirk@riehle.org – https://dirkriehle.com/ – @dirkriehle This is a list of general-interest talks I currently have available; feel free to contact me if you’d like me to come and address any of these topics. Please see presentations/current-talks for some vidoes. In addition,…

  • My Open Source Research Agenda (as of 2009)

    As you may seen in an earlier blog post, I’m starting in a new position as a professor of software engineering focussing on open source software at the University of Erlangen. In this post, I’m laying out my abbreviated research agenda as of September 2009. The overarching goal of my group’s research is to comprehensively…

  • Professor for Open Source Software at University of Erlangen

    After 12 years of working in the high-tech industry, I’m changing gears. I left my prior industry job and am starting today, September 1st, as the “professor for open source software” in the computer science department of the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. This is a free (not tied to a chair)…