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UBXDDEV Vol. 3.6
September 26, 2014
UBXDDEV Vol. 3.5
September 19, 2014
Summer Unboxin' had me a blast
September 18, 2014

Charlie joined the Unboxed team in June as part of our summer internship programme, after completing his second year of studying Computer Science at the University of Aberdeen. Having spent the last three months as a member of the team, he is now...

UBXDDEV Vol. 3.4
September 12, 2014
The Outsourcing Dilemma
September 12, 2014

We asked 100 CIOs to give the first words that came into their head when they hear “outsourced development”. The top two? Fail Expensive This is predictable but problematic given that most organisations don’t have the full complement of the s...

People Matter Most!
September 9, 2014

I am not quite sure where it came from, but this is what I think happened….. One day someone in Falmouth was mulling over an SDLC exam question and thought: “I like people. I want other people to like and recognise people for what t...

UBXDDEV Vol. 3.3
September 5, 2014
Only fools rush in
September 2, 2014

We recently had an interesting discussion in the internal Unboxed interwebs room regarding an example of inheritance. Pawel put forth an example about how to guard against someone forgetting to call super in an inheritance chain. I jumped in to ...

UBXDDEV Vol. 3.2
August 29, 2014
UBXDDEV Vol3.1
August 22, 2014
The Agile LEGO village
August 12, 2014

Last week, a small team of us took part in the Introduction to Agile course, right here at Unboxed Consulting HQ. Alex Bobin, Charlie Egan, Paula Stepinska, Oskar Pearson and myself (Graeme McCubbin) all spent the day taking this internal versi...

Ten to the dev
August 8, 2014
Lean Machine
August 6, 2014

Lean Enterprise Over the last 8 weeks, Tom D and I (Chris) have been taking a break from our regular design and development day jobs. We joined forces with Toby, the product owner from Naturejobs, and Paul at Lean Mammoth to identify potentially ...

The dev o' nine tails
August 1, 2014
A Ruby-plated breakfast
July 31, 2014

July saw our CTO, Andrew White host the Ruby on Rails 4.2 networking breakfast, right here at Unboxed Consulting HQ. Members of the Ruby community attended this one-off session to hear what’s coming in Rails 4.2, straight from our very own Ruby o...

To have dev over the eight
July 25, 2014
The seven deadly devs
July 18, 2014
Six of one, half a dev of another
July 11, 2014
Workin' dev to five, what a way to make a livin'
July 4, 2014
Spread to the four corners of the dev
June 27, 2014
Three times a dev
June 20, 2014
You only dev twice
June 13, 2014
Is agile testing worth it?
June 13, 2014

It seems there is a lot of talk about agile testing circulating, but is it really worth it? Agile testing is a mindset. We all know mindsets can be a challenge to change, and this is no different. But what are the benefits of moving to an agile te...

jQuery UK 2014
June 7, 2014

Chris C, Veronika H and I attended jQuery’s 2014 conference in Oxford. Between the three of us, we could cover quite a lot of different talks that were available on the day. This blog post is just a slice of some of the talks we attended tha...

Dever say Dever again
June 3, 2014
dev_toolbox.pack()
May 20, 2014

Chris C and I recently attended a workshop at jQuery 2014 to learn more about a web developer’s toolbox, lead by Jordan Kasper. Predominantly this workshop taught us Grunt and the many plugins that exist. Grunt is a JavaScript task runner wh...

First steps with Cordova / PhoneGap
May 19, 2014

Fast and Native-Like Hybrid Applications with PhoneGap Here is a short summary of a really good workshop I went to. It was part of the JQuery 2014 Conference in Oxford. About the workshop The workshop was held by Christophe Coenraets, who used ...

Innovation days - developing in Meteor
April 23, 2014

Here at Unboxed, employees are given the opportunity to take innovation days: time allowing us to learn new and interesting things. I took this opportunity to complete my personal website - a photography portfolio that would display a subset of my...

The "r" in lean
April 22, 2014

Lean UC NYC 2014 was a jam-packed three days (four with the Balanced Team meetup) and there is no way I can accurately reflect what so many great speakers had to say but here are a few personal takeaways from day one. In general the focus for alm...

OpenSSL::SSL::SSLError: certificate verify failed
April 15, 2014

Sometimes you will inherit a ‘legacy system’. This particular system was running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Rails 2.3.18. Due to the recent Heartbleed security hole, the applications OAuth provider had updated their security certificates. This meant I wa...

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