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Month: November 2015

Myanmar coordinates on Wikidata by Lockal & Widar

In a recent blog post I showed the amazing apparent effect that Wikimania’s location had on the coordinate location data in Mexico on Wikidata. A comment on the post by Finn Årup Nielsen pointed out a massive increase in data in the Myanmar (Burma). I had previously spotted this increase but chosen not to mention it in the post. But now after a quick look at some items and edit histories I have found who we have to thank!

The increase in geo coordinate information around the region can clearly be seen in the image above. As with the Mexico comparison this shows the difference between June and October 2015.

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MediaWiki CRAP – The worst of it

I don’t mean Mediawiki is crap! The Change Risk Anti-Patterns (CRAP) Index is calculated based on the cyclomatic complexity and code coverage of a unit of code. Complex code and untested code will have a higher CRAP index compared with simple well tested code. Over the last 2 years I have been tracking the CRAP index of some of Mediawikis more complex classes as reported by the automatic coverage reports, and this is a simple summary of what has been happening.

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Impact of Wikimania Mexico 2015 on Wikidata

Recently Wikidata celebrated its third birthday. For the occasion I ran the map generation script that I have talked about before again to see what had changed in the geo coordinate landscape of Wikidata!

I found, well, Mexico blossomed!

The image to the left is from June 2015, the right October 2015 and Wikimania was in July 2015!

I will be keeping an eye out for what happens on the map around Esino Lario in 2016 to see what impact the event has on Wikidata again.

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Mocking Writer.write in Java using EasyMock

I am writing this as finding the solution to the problem that I was having while mocking a Writer in Java using EasyMock took far too long. Hopefully others having the same issue will stumble across this blog post.

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Orain backups

There are more Orain backups! More recent than 15th June 2015 as stated in my previous post! Dumps from August 2015 are all on-line right now!

Many thanks to WikiTeam at

Simply search for “Orain subject:wikiteam” and you can find all of the dumps. Of course you can add the name of you wiki to more easily find it in the list!

Edit: Simply search for “WIKINAME subject:wikiteam” and you should be able to find your dump (where WIKINAME is the start of your orain domain)!


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