html & bacon

The ramblings of a front-end dev

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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getting started with a raspberry pi and node.js

Hardware hacking always sounds really fun, but I found it quite difficult to get into. I already had an arduino sat doing very little, I was then given a raspberry pi as a gift. These are a great credit-card sized computer, that can run many programming languages. (A lot of...

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​links from Rise and Design – Service design

be curious. ask why. measure. fail small. early ugly often Some links Service Design Toolkit – Improve the quality of your service with this hands-on toolkit Design Kit: The Human-Centered Design Toolkit | ideo.com OpenIDEO Development Impact and You Designing for Public Services: a practical guide | Nesta Service Design...

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