VORtech Blog

2021-05-11

Integrating Sphinx in Your CMake Build System

Sphinx is a documentation tool for software projects that can create easily searchable HTML pages and excellent PDFs. It is well suited for documenting scientific code bases due to its support for LaTeX-style equations and numerous extensions for plots, diagrams and much more. It would be nice if we could integrate Sphinx with the common build system CMake so that we can automatically generate documentation. This blog describes an approach to do just that.
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2021-05-03

Documenting your code

Documenting code is something nobody enjoys. But everyone agrees that some documentation is needed. What is the essential documentation and how can documenting be made easier?
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2021-04-14

25th Anniversary Symposium: “Computer Models in the Workplace: towards Digital Twins and Beyond”

To celebrate our 25th anniversary with our customers, we organize a symposium on Tuesday the 28th of September in the afternoon. The theme will be computer models and algorithms for operational use. We’ll be looking back to where the field came from, but certainly also ahead to what is coming.
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2021-02-16

The Business Case for Digital Twins

Literally billions of euros in are invested digital twins. Market analysts have reasons to believe that digital twins are really a good investment. Why do they believe that? What is the business case behind all these investments? As a company that provides the technology behind digital twins, VORtech often discusses such questions with our clients. This gives us a good insight in the arguments that are typically made.
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2021-01-05

Legacy Code: Treasure to Cherish, Pain to Maintain, Part 3

In our practice as scientific software engineers at VORtech, we work for organizations that have computational software as an essential part of their intellectual capital. If successful, a computational software package can exist for many years and even decades. At the same time however, the code base grows and becomes more and more difficult to manage. This is part 3 of a series of blogs in which we discuss how to deal with legacy code.
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2021-01-05

Legacy Code: A Treasure to Cherish, a Pain to Maintain. Part 2

In our practice as scientific software engineers at VORtech, we work for organizations that have computational software as an essential part of their intellectual capital. If successful, a computational software package can exist for many years and even decades. At the same time however, the code base grows and becomes more and more difficult to manage. This is part 2 of a series of blogs in which we discuss how to deal with legacy code.
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2021-01-05

Legacy Code: Treasure to Cherish, Pain to Maintain. Part 1

In our practice as scientific software engineers at VORtech, we work for organizations that have computational software as an essential part of their intellectual capital. If successful, a computational software package can exist for many years and even decades. At the same time however, the code base grows and becomes more and more difficult to manage. This is part 1 of a series of blogs in which we discuss how to deal with legacy code.
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2020-08-06

Five Ways to Classify your Digital Twin

Digital twins are the hype of the moment in automation. But the concept is rather ambiguous: people refer to it in many different ways. To bring some order in this confusion, I tried to find a classification of digital twins. It turns out that a single classification is not enough.
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2020-06-25

Smart charging for electric vehicles

For a startup in Amsterdam, VORtech developed an application for smart charging. The aim is to charge when the energy price is low whenever possible. VORtech developed the system as well as the central algorithm.
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2020-01-31

The joy of working with legacy code

At VORtech we mostly work on extending and improving existing code. Let us explain why this is so important and how it works. 
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