I wasn't interested in Windows 10, but then I had to buy a new laptop and the decision was forced upon me. I've only been using it for a week now, but here are some thoughts on upgrading and using it.Read more
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I read an article recently by Martin Bryant where he railed against adblocking technology in general and forthcoming adblocking services provided by mobile networks in particular, sensationally entitled 'Adblockers are immoral'. In it, the author explains why he thinks adblocking is a problem and what he thinks of people who use the technology.
Unfortunately, while his position is perfectly valid, his argument wasn't. Let's see if we can be a bit more balanced.Read more
If I'm looking to hire a front end web developer, I want a candidate that fulfils two key requirements. Firstly that they can build a site that looks right and secondly that they have built it well. Some people don't worry so much about the second requirement but writing clean, elegant and above all flexible code is an aspect of web development that I consider a vital part of efficiently maintaining a website in the long term.
With that in mind, the first thing I look for on a candidate's CV is a list of what sites they have built. Thanks to the way the internet works it's possible to examine any website in detail to assess the person who built it in terms of both of my requirements - appearance and coding skill. I'm not so interested in someone's work history, education or interests - what I care about most is whether their website's code is built correctly, cleanly and efficiently. There's not a lot of jobs where it's possible to assess someone in such detail like this.
A portfolio of work is therefore hugely important if you're a front end web developer. Building one, however, can be problematic.Read more
Web design in my office is normally done in-house. If I have a question I can just ask the designer about it in person. Recently I worked on a project where the design was done by an external agency at the request of the client. The sudden gap between myself and the designer resulted in a number of issues, some of which were overcome and some of which were not.
Here's some post-project unpacking of working with an external third party on a project.Read more
Right, enough games and code and experiments. Time for some good ol' fashioned web development rambling.Read more
There's been a lot of debate recently about our privacy online, sparked particularly by the revelations about the extent of US and other government surveillance of the internet. Wherever you stand it's clear that the issue has many viewpoints, with some now even claiming that privacy is dead.
I could weigh in on this, but I thought something a bit more practical would be helpful. You see, it's not just governments that monitor our activity online. Companies have been doing it far longer.Read more