After I finished my thesis at the end of last year, I used my free time to start exploring the world of digital humanities. I started out my professional life as an accountant and as part of our university degree back in the 1980s we were required to do programming in COBOL, dabble with databases (structured, not relational!) and we were exposed to spreadsheets in the days before excel. In year 12 at school I did computer studies which included a fair amount of programming in Basic. Throughout my career in accounting and later working in public relations, I have had to work with spreadsheets, databases etc, but I have not done any programming since the 1980s.
Then I went back to university and studied history. I was astonished. Continue reading