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The floodgates are open. It’s time to celebrate. The Tin Can API, version 1.0, is here today.

It was almost three years ago when ADL asked the e-learning community to help them with research to create a new, simpler, more powerful e-learning standard. E-learning standards are what we do, so of course we jumped at the opportunity.


The result was Project Tin Can, which resulted in the Tin Can API. We wrote the first version of the API, version 0.8, then handed it over to ADL and a vibrant open community.


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Five for Five

Categories: Culture, Rustici Software
18 Mar 2013

It’s that time of year again when the Nashville Business Journal tells us where the best places in town to work are. Rustici Software made the list for the fifth year in a row!

It’s been an especially fun year with a great group of people. I’m honored to work with one of the smartest and most entertaining groups of people I’ve ever come across. I honestly look forward to coming to work every morning. We’re hiring more six people right now, come join us.

Speaking of a great year. Exciting things are happening with the Tin Can API. This blog on has been pretty quiet of late, but we haven’t gone away. Most of our efforts are going into the blog over on Go check it out and sign up for our Tin Can newsletter that we send out every month.

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You already know that Tin Can is going to change our corner of the world (and maybe a few other parts of the world as well). We’re leading the charge, but we’ve only just begun. We’ve got a pile of opportunity in front of us just waiting to be tapped and we need your help to turn vision into reality.

If you’re the right person for any of these positions, come have some fun and change the world with us.

Software Developer
We’re always looking for amazing software developers and we’ll probably hire as many as we can get our hands on over the next few months.

Quality Ombudsman
We’re looking for a particularly anal-retentive form of geek to push us to use best practices, ensure we’re testing the right things with every release and squash bugs with vengeance.

UX Designer / Ombudsman
We’re a bunch of developers who think we can do design, but we don’t do a good job. We need a pro. A tireless advocate for the end user, an advocate for simplicity, an advocate for taste and elegance.

Start here for more information about these jobs and why Rustici Software is the best place you will ever work.

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Bathroom etiquette is a semi-frequent discussion topic around the office. It’s becoming a running joke that Tim and I care way too much about people remembering to replace an empty toilet paper roll.

On the surface it’s lighthearted, but you know what, I really care. Actually, I care a whole helluva lot.

It’s not about the toilet paper (we’re all smart enough to look before we sit), it’s about an attitude that cuts straight to the core of who we are and where I want to work.


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I love SCORM. I’ve built a career and a business around SCORM. When I first read the SCORM spec, I admired its elegance and foresight. SCORM has revolutionized the elearning industry and allowed a market to flourish. SCORM certainly has some warts and even a few character flaws, but I love it all the same. I love SCORM so much it’s even written all over my bicycle.

But, SCORM is showing its age. It has carried us as far as it can take us. It’s time for something new, something fresh, something innovative. Something that can propel this stagnant industry forward and become its workhorse for the next decade.

Fortunately that something is here. The Tin Can API is the future.


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