Monday 17th June.

Roger Connell gave a presentation on the creation of his website that shows the qualifications of members of the Australian Parliament.

The Source Data is the Australian Government Website, which publishes a biography of all members. An example page is at

His software gathers data from these pages into a standardised database and publish the results on line in a searchable form.
He discussed the evolution of this system:
– Early Object Model. Early functions.
– Add objects as required: Institutions, Qualifications
– Checking and refining decode process.
– How Decoding and Standardisation of Qualifications, Jobs and institutions was attempted and finally achieved.
Finally the endless “If” statement that currently attempts to decode time in parliament.

We started the meeting with some time for a “Public Soap Box” where we discussed activation of Delphi/RadStudio without an active subscription, moving from Delphi to Lazarus/FreePascal, and implementing security in a REST server.

The meeting was held at the Melbourne Men’s Shed, situated in the Federation Square Car Park building, off Russell St Extension.