mapping out services

Last week, I had the intention of running a pages to pattern exercise across a number of Department for Work and Pensions front-end services (We had 10 in total, see photo). This was to give the other front-end folk more exposure to the different services and a better idea of...

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grunt to gulp, and a bit of refactoring

I’m sure we all have a @todo list for a project we have worked on, this week I finally caught up and started to move from grunt to gulp. This was largely done for three reasons 1. take advantage of gulp’s code over configuration to trim down the amount of...

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Development practices and patterns

I started today by reading “The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development”. It is a great article about leadership, metrics, ownership, building better products and much more. It made me think of the teams I have worked on and the values/structures we put in place around code. My current team...

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Building things – simple components, lots of reuse

Templating is always a balance of extraction vs re-use. Often I start out with basic outlines of components and over time develop a more mature version, guided by what they need to do and how they need to adapt to a design, it can be hard to know what you...

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Frontend NE – happy first birthday

I’ve really enjoyed being a part of frontend NE, we’ve been blessed with fantastic speakers and a lot of pizza. I never really thought when I asked on Twitter back in January last year that anyone would really be interested, Newcastle has always had some excellent user groups (PHPNE, SuperMondays),...

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testing an express.js app

One of the biggest changes I had when I moved from an agency role to my current one is around test and assurance. I also moved away from Scala/play to Express.js on a project so I had to spend a bit of time working out what to test, and how...

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Side project fatigue

Like most developers I own a lot of domains, mostly from half baked ideas. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve started but not finished. So this weekend I decided to do something in a day. Image from artsy.net I stumbled upon ‘Slogans for the 21st Century’ by Douglas Coupland....

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