Monday, October 22, 2012

Thank you Keelhaul!

I wanted to highlight a cool little thing that we got from OpenMRS's open-source community.

Back in late 2008, when dinosaurs still walked the earth, Firefox was on version 3, and we had just elected a guy named Barack Obama president, we had an email thread around Location Hierarchies (at the time, there was no OpenMRS mechanism for saying that one location was inside another one) and we were debating whether we also needed location tags. (I said we did, though for the wrong reasons.)

So, along came a developer named Andrey Koshushkov (who goes by the nickname Keelhaul, and was at University of Göttingen, and I think worked with Ghislain Kouematchoua). Andrey implemented the location hierarchy and tags, which made it into OpenMRS 1.5.

Almost four years later we are finally getting to use the location tag feature at PIH for the first time. And we're very thankful that it's been sitting there, implemented well, just waiting for us. So, if you're reading this, thanks Andrey!

PS- Since I was just giving Burke props in my last post for having been very right about Visits, and how flexible they need to be, I wanted to balance that by pointing out something he was wrong about (I had to look back 4 years!); but when I read the whole conversation, I see that he wasn't wrong. :-)


  1. Wow, completely missed this one. Thanks for the warm words =) Nice to see the community flourish!