When you want to monitor a github repo, you can setup travis-ci, hudson or bamboo continous integration (CI) server. A problem arrises though. What if you want to run scripts on a server that is behind a firewall? The CI server may not be able to access this private server behind your protected network.

This is where gitmon is used. We can monitor the git repository for changes and then when things do change we can run a changed script. The changed script is placed within the repository itself so developers can work with it. This changed script can email people, run bash commands, whatever you want it to do.

Blackboard has a new and elegant feature. This feature simplifies what can become a complex problem - synchronizing data from your student information system into Blackboard?

Another feature, new to Blackboard 9.1.8, is the ability to group courses by terms. However, terms cannot automatically be associated with the snapshot client; hence, what got me interested in the Data SIS Integration using Snapshot Flat feed files.

Csv files are very underrated. Below is a pretty straightforward way to read in a csv file in bash. Regardless of it’s simplicity, I thought I’d share it. I may need to remind myself later how to do this.