Say thank you

Improve team culture by showing gratitude. Gratitude doesn't come naturally to a person but it is an amazing quality that can help start to promote a positive team culture. Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It is a great way to...

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That two year thing

There is nothing that interesting about the April 13th (Wikipedia fails me), apart from it was my first day as a front-end developer working inside DWP. I am fortunate to work inside Government and to be able to deliver services in the way we do and at the scale, we...

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Irregular week notes s01e02

If I had to describe my week in two words it would be proactive and disjointed. Work, work and work Last week I had a couple of days out of the office to attend dibi conference in Edinburgh. Which meant a lot of my working week has been catching up...

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A few nice nice things from Maker Fair uk

If you've never been to a Maker Fair, it is an odd experience to describe, it is like a geeky tech show and tells. The best example I can give is the amazing, panecakeBot, which you can now buy. Do It Kits I love to see technology kits merged with...

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give me problems to solve, not solutions implement

For a long time now I've generally been working to deliver user stories. If you are not familiar with a user story it will probably look something like this: Scenario: User adds item to cart Given I'm a logged-in User When I go to the Item page And I click...

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Good forms create good experiences

It was interesting reading Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability by Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney. This was published in 2008, and all it still remains true today. If you’ve ever used a recent Government service - you’ve should have experienced a lot of what I am going...

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Irregular week notes s01e01

It seems odd that we have stumbled into March already. February has flown by at a great speed, but then the start of the year is never that interesting. Monday As a front-end developer who works in a team it is always a nervous time when a new product goes...

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Irregular week notes s01e00 – the pilot

I enjoy reading peoples week notes. I first saw them crop up when Matt Jukes and Simon Wilson started sharing them. It is a great way of being open about what you are doing and tracking your own progress. I’m not sure I’d generally have enough to talk or the...

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integration testing an api with mocha and superagent

This seemed to be the week people showed me testing triangles. If you’ve never seen one then I’ve included one below. This doesn’t give you the full range of tests but it does give you an overview. The top of the triangle can includes acceptance tests, performance tests and security...

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nunjucks for govuk elements – moving to consumable code

Some time ago I shared nunjucks macros (git) based around a couple of services I had built. These are a bit haphazard and had no testing around them at a component level (though they were well tested in a service.). They were also bloated due to never refactored, as my...

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