In a recent blog, we described how we built the app for Pride in London with React Native. We mentioned how important accessibility was and that it provided some new challenges. I want to describe one example in more detail: checkboxes.
Here’s what we’ve been reading this week, a look back at the family computer, looking forward to the future of retail, and more.
We’re excited to announce our inclusion into the Cloud Support category of the G-Cloud 10 Framework, part of the United Kingdom’s official Digital Marketplace.
As someone who has worked in delivery for a while I have come to trust my instincts and know when certain suggestions aren’t going to help a team to deliver. But you need more than instincts to be able to explain situations clearly to your clients. Thanks to a recent Kanban training course I now have the language and solid examples backed by theory to do just that.
A few weeks ago, I attended Women of Silicon Roundabout in London. It was a lovely couple of days with inspiring and motivating talks by women in the tech industry.
Between ice cream licks and trying to subtly wipe away sweat drips, here’s some stuff we’ve read this week.
I’ve heard numerous tales about the famous Red Badger summer parties, and this year I was lucky enough to not only attend, but also take on the challenge of branding the weekend. The Badgers and their plus ones were flown off to Malaga for a weekend of music, massages and mojitos.
Prettier is an opinionated code formatter with support for multiple languages and frameworks. It removes all original styling and ensures that all outputted code is consistent, increasing readability and eliminating arguments (think the ‘religious’ wars over tabs vs. spaces).
This forms part of the ‘Everything as Code’ evolution, enabling the same code repository to not only describe and implement the required functionality (through source code), but also how this functionality will be built, tested and deployed to production systems.
Infrastructure as Code (IaC) refers to the definition and management of IT infrastructure (e.g. networks, virtual machines, load balancers, firewalls, etc.) in a declarative manner, i.e as source code. Declarative IaC has the powerful property of immutability: one particular set of inputs (i.e. version of source code) will only ever produce one configuration of infrastructure.
Extremely high levels of automation in the area of infrastructure provisioning and container orchestration have recently enabled a capability we are calling microplatforms - small, and fully capable platforms for microservices applications.
As is the way for every student in Year 10 at Sydenham School, I had to go out on two weeks of work experience. After research into various businesses and emails to and from several contacts, I eventually decided that Red Badger would be my choice of place for the two weeks.
Headless Browser Testing is a way to run a browser in a headless environment. Essentially, running Chrome without chrome! It brings all modern web platform features provided by Chromium and the Blink rendering engine to the command line. Other browsers have followed suit, with Firefox now offering a headless mode as well.