At last

Today marks the end of a pretty stressful old time in the weestoater team. Happily things appear to have turned a corner and should be on track for much better days. A new challenge awaits and I am part champing at the bitt / part making buttons. Watch this space…

Mac and Me

So after many MANY years of mocking and undermining them, I am now the proud user of a MacBook Pro, for my sins. As the UX Architect/Engineer for my team I am tasked with a multitude of design related duties. Wireframes, site maps, mockups etc. The weapon of choice for the firm is the MBP with Sketch and Adobe CC. I am really liking Sketch as a tool and the difference in Adobe too. But most of all I love the speed and simplicity of the MacBook itself. Git, npm, bash all run insanely fast. Code seems to compile faster...

Reacting well

I was recently tasked with building a ‘dashboard’, something else to learn. So I hit my pluralsight tutorials and filled up on coffee. I also decided to take the plunge into the React world, as this is in vogue at the moment. Must say I am pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to achieve. I just need to get some actual data to use, then I can mock the heck out of this sucker. Also managed to spark an idea for a Motherwell FC related side project. Next challenge is to get my head around handling the data...

Agile ceremonies

Trying to be more disciplined at work with our agile ceremonies.  They’re an important element to use to help bridge some of the knowledge gaps in our team and the general concensus is that we’re doing well as a group. Our working practices are improving steadily, with tickets getting created per job, sized and now that we’ve got our unit testing dialled in the hope is to rock some TDD out of our next deliverables. I’d like to get some CI pipeline elements in place, but the next ‘agile thing‘ I think we could benefit from would be continuous improvement....

Sum of all it’s parts

After a smattering of frustrations and head scratching I’ve gotten to grips with Angular components and all of it’s joys. Placing validation into services, putting components across a number of views, with controllers passing different parameters to elements – it’s been emotional. Now to get the whole thing surrounded by Karma tests and thrown into Jenkins then deployed to Apache.