UX Testing

So part of my new role at work is to try and improve the User Experience on one of the companies many (internal) sites. The site in question has recently had a refresh and my initial involvement was to help port content from the previous design into the latest. During this I made some observations …

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 …

AngularJS Training

Began my AngularJS training today and I’m surprised at how much I had already learned myself. Whether it’s from the countless hours in front of Pluralsight videos or the even more hours in front of project code – I’m mildly chuffed to say the least. It has exposed, however, the lack of JS skills I …

ionic experiment

As a total novice to all things Android development, imagine my surprise at being told the team I’m working in are using a framework called ionic. I’d never heard of it before, but the guys I’ve spoken to about it are well impressed it. That’s good enough for me I thought.  So I hit the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Every day is a school day

Made a beautiful discovery today whilst wrestling with a couple of Umbraco projects. Got one into TFS and going to put the other into Github, maybe.

Heydon Pickering Classic

Heydon Pickering | Effortless Style | CSS Day from Web Conferences Amsterdam on Vimeo. Classes, and the CSS methodologies based on them, have begot a component based approach to styling web pages. This results in a form of presentational markup that, despite breaking with the “separation of concerns” principle, has proven to be a popular …

Multi-site success

As a certified Umbraco Developer I should really know better, but I am a very happy camper tonight. My work is rolling out a couple of upgraded sites in v.7 of Umbraco, instead of their current v4.6. Rather than duplicate a shed load of templates and copy, as only one or two sections are different, …

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