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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...

Because Friday newsletters are overrated
March 10, 2014
The CAT experience
March 7, 2014

As a software tester within an agile environment I ascertained that it is not enough to reduce the project timeframes, discard the documentation and change the requirements document name for a project to be true agile. In order for an agile proj...

Haskell at the London Code Dojo
March 5, 2014

Sleepy Fox recently ran the London Code Dojo here at the Unboxed office. The evening’s Dojo was based around a few parts of Day 1 of the Haskell section of Seven languages in seven weeks. It was good fun and I recommend the next Dojo coming ...

Migrating data, games on the web platform, better calendars and act...
February 10, 2014
Native Chrome apps on mobile
February 6, 2014

At the end of January some big news passed quietly on the Chromium blog. Mobile Chrome apps can now be wrapped up using Cordova to deploy native applications to iOS and Android. Google seems to be pouring money into Chrome like it’s the cold war...

The most anticipated newsletter of the year
January 31, 2014
How dot voting can reveal the unexpected
January 31, 2014

While facilitating a stakeholder workshop recently, I ran two rounds of grouping and ordering. One I used dot voting, one didn’t. On reflection I was surprised with the results. The question asked during these processes following a pattern of, wh...

Happy New Year Unboxedians and commiserations on the ashes
January 10, 2014
The Devmas Newsletter
December 20, 2013
Why failure isn’t bad, as long as you learn
December 19, 2013

Failure is sometimes seen as a bad word. When you discuss this with people, you discover it carries baggage, often from an identifiable incident where their failure was criticised by someone of influence. They are right in some ways though that fa...

Bootstrap, skepticism and a git tool
December 6, 2013
The Not As Short As Some and Not Late At All One
November 29, 2013
Dev News for Friday
November 22, 2013
November Newsletter
November 15, 2013
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