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Five Cardinal Sins of Agile that the public sector can learn from
February 28, 2013

Agile for government can be a very different kettle of fish than Agile in the private sector. It’s an alien context, it’s resistant to change and it’s used to playing by different rules. All the same, Agile offers fantastic opportunities for gover...

SA UX Forum: Mobile UX
February 28, 2013

Last night in Cape Town, Phil Barrett of Flow and Simon Dingle of 22seven gave short talks about mobile UX for the SA UX Forum. Myself, Rich A, Pawel, Joerg, and Seb (visiting from our London office) were there to soak up some knowledge and chat a...

This week's dev newsletter
February 22, 2013
New Apprentices - Luke & Ben
February 21, 2013

We are both very pleased to have received a place at Unboxed Consulting in our roles as Junior Testers. The role focuses strongly on IT and we are both very much looking forward to improving our IT skills. We see Unboxed Consulting as a great way ...

New Apprentice - Shirin
February 21, 2013

In January 2013 I began a pre-apprenticeship programme with Middleton Murray where I was trained for 4 weeks, completing a BTEC in Customer Service and Work Skills, Whilst being at Middleton Murray I have met some inspirational people as well as n...

New Apprentices - Abbie & Tillie
February 21, 2013

We started Unboxed on 18th February 2013, Abbie as a marketing apprentice and Tillie as a sales apprentice. We are very excited about getting involved with the company and progressing throughout our one year placement. We were in MiddletonMurray&r...

Open Device Lab in Cape Town
February 20, 2013

The web is going everywhere and anywhere it can, and the devices that people consume it on are very varied: from tiny Nokia feature phones to the latest iPad. As web developers, we want to make sure that our sites look and work great everywhere. T...

Five myths about SMEs and public sector procurement
February 18, 2013

Far from being a bad fit for the public sector, SMEs hold the key to key to innovation and can bring jaw-dropping cost savings. Civil servants have often been wary about working with smaller companies, especially when it comes to high-profile are...

There's something in the woodshed
February 8, 2013
Three common misconceptions about Agile in the public sector
February 6, 2013

Agile methodology has its enthusiastic followers in the private sector, but many civil servants are wary about adopting it in the context of government software development and other public sector procurement – usually without good cause. Whilst ...

A New Hope
February 1, 2013
Short and sweet
January 25, 2013
Apps, games and some serious business
January 21, 2013
Happy 2013 Dev Newletter
January 11, 2013
Post-end-of-the-world newsletter - yay we're still here
December 21, 2012
This week's Dev Newsletter
December 17, 2012
HTML5 validation that does not hurt
December 10, 2012

I’m sure probably most of you have used the W3C Validator at some point in the past. Validating markup is quite a standard procedure. In case you want to automate your validation like we do and integrate it into your test suite, our Be Vali...

Cucumbers, Missed High Fives, Dancing Hungarians and more...
December 7, 2012
This week: Faster Rails tests, Interactive Video, Lovely Interface...
November 30, 2012
Installing Sphinx 0.9 on Mountain Lion using Homebrew
November 26, 2012

Here at Unboxed we often need to support older, legacy software. Keeping legacy software in a working condition while development platforms evolve could be sometimes tough. Most Rails applications in the past have been making use of Sphinx‘...

Return Of The ActiveSupport method of the week (Mark Morrison style)
November 23, 2012
New version of Rails, a new patch level of Ruby 1.9.3 and kittens, ...
November 16, 2012
The week with no ActiveSupport favourite method
November 9, 2012
Dev Newsletter: 2 November 2012
November 2, 2012
Agile Newsletter - 30 Oct
October 30, 2012
The Week of the JavaScript take over
October 26, 2012
Making JavaScript testing in the browser not suck with Sinon.js (Pa...
October 22, 2012

This is the continuation of my post on Sinon.js, the first part can be found here blog/making-javascript-testing-in-the-browser-not-suck-with-sinon-js-part-1. I’m going to describe the basic usage of Sinon’s mocks, spies, and stubs. ...

This Week in Ruby, 19th October
October 19, 2012
Prioritising production bugs
October 12, 2012

Everything is jogging along swimmingly in the real world, orders coming in thick and fast, the business is booming. World-wide recession, hah! In the development bullpen, velocity is faster than a speeding bullet, they’re playing office boul...

October is all about speed
October 12, 2012
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