T-shaped developer

As a confirmed UI/UX developer, I was a little unsure of the term T-shaped developer. I understand it, from the Agile perspective, but like any theoretical exercise, it’s a matter of putting it into practice. At my last company it was very much about being the expert in your field, not silos of knowledge but different disciplines working in small teams.  I agree with it, as I witnessed the productivity and shared experience of putting jobs through the workflow. In my new role, it is again a small team, with distributed locations adding to the mix.  But with the same...

Karma isn’t a bitch after all

I have been somewhat busy of late trying to get my head around some new technologies – well new to me at least. Instead of my usual comfort zone of .NET, Team Foundation and Team City, I am now in the land of Java, SVN and Jenkins in my new job. I took it upon myself to ‘learn’ these products and the best way to do this I thought was to set them up on my trusty laptop. Some hours later I now have an SVN Server, feeding two different sites into a Jenkins server, which is building them both...

API or bust

Been learning AngularJS for the past wee while. Enjoying it tremendously but in need of a ‘real life project’ to get my teeth sunk into. Had began fleshing out the bones of a Motherwell FC supporters app, which could do all the stato stuff in a nice informative and attractive way. But the prospects of updating countless results, cards and fouls seems a little unappealling. So instead I am going to try and join my AngularJS desires and API thirst into a cosuming of my FITBIT data with a view to maybe getting fitter as well as slightly smarter.  Go...

Technical Leadership – alistapart.com

Alistapart have produced many insightful and revolutionary articles over the years. Responsive Web Design, Mobile First and of course most of the industry changing Web Standards movement has grown here too. A recent entry though really struck a chord with me and I think it’s clarity is part of it’s beauty.

Gulptastic

Learning lots and lots of gulp stuff these days.  Yes I know there are mixed opinions of this particular technology, but I can see both merits and pitfalls – with the benefit of several years experience in building and maintaining websites in different formats, languages and of various scales. I think for rapidly getting a bunch of things running and ‘watching’ your dev code, then sure that is absolutely fine. But when it gets into the land of absolute node_modules soup, with hundreds and hundreds of files floating around, then perhaps we should think again. I do see a great...

Scotland CSS Conference

So by some crazy accident or piece of amazing luck, I managed to land a gig volunteering at the first ever Scotland CSS Conference, in Edinburgh’s amazing Dynamic Earth. To say it’s been informative would be an incredible understatement.  But so far, my main take away from the day, is the wide variety of interests from the attendees. Some are here for both the CSS and JS conference. Interviewing some of the speakers beforehand was a great deal of fun, but to see Umar on the stage was really exciting and encapsulated the whole thing really tidily. We all spend...

Umbraco Grid Concerns

As a HUGE fan of Umbraco, writing in a WordPress blog, I was really concerned about a recent discovery. I had a site running locally under 7.4.2 which was using a number of different Grid layouts for the blogs and press releases. No issues, no bugs, just ticking along nicely. Then I spotted the 7.4.3 release and did the upgrade.  When I was browsing the site there wasn’t any visible differences, so I was fairly pleased with the upgrade. However, when I went into the actual backoffice the grid items had great big error messages on some of the grid row types.  It...

Search Engine OMG

An interesting and informative few days at work doing some seo stuff. Found out just how well I had actually configured my latest Umbraco creation. Turns out not too shabby at all. #h5yr #I