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How to work with developers

A huge wall of post-it notes, image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quique_fs/5171770977/

Managing or working with developers if you're not one yourself can be challenging. You may not understand what they do or how they do it, or even the words they use when they try to explain it. But don't worry. Here is some advice for non-developers on how to work alongside the techies in your team.

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

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You're not a frontend developer yet

I've got a rule, which is to never write a blog post angry. It's a good rule, but it's a bit ambiguous. What, exactly, does angry mean? How long after being angry counts as not being angry anymore? What if I'm only mildly annoyed, or just a bit frustrated? What if I'm angry, but can write in a way that makes me sound not angry? These are the kind of questions I wrestle with.

Anyway. I've been reading a lot of CVs recently, from people applying for a frontend developer job. I've been building websites for twenty years, and while I won't belittle someone for having less experience than me, you need to know certain things to be a frontend developer. Here's why.

Sunday 9th of July 2017

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Why does Gmail hate HTML email developers?

If you're any kind of email developer, you'll be aware that Gmail presents some difficulties when building HTML emails. For example, it strips out style tags and has a tendency to remove inline style attributes as well. It's confusing, not in any way documented, and very frustrating.

I spent an afternoon recently trying to get to the bottom of this, and I believe I've found a few new ways to make Gmail behave. Hopefully this will be of use to someone.

Monday 25th of January 2016

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