Interestingly, we seem to be the fish swimming against the current – and today ported a ‘watch’ sized mobile app to work on on a phone sized (Android) device. The original app was designed for Android 1.6 (ImWatch) – and after about 5 minutes tinkering we were left wondering what to do with the extra […]
PHP 5.6 is almost here (we hope) – so we’ve had a look at some of the upcoming changes, and here are the ones of most interest to us. In a nutshell – variadics & splat, constant scalar expressions and ArrayOf type hinting ….
We’ve been rummaging through a few REST APIs recently – trying to integrate and match up data from various providers with the aim of improving the overall experience on a website (and accompanying mobile apps) and the quality of search results. Here are some findings from using the FourSquare API – Things which are good […]
This year, we’re sponsoring the second annual PHPNE conference - which is being held in Tyneside on 18th March 2014. Tickets are still available, costing £75 – which sounds like a very good deal to us!
A short howto for configuring a two node highly available server cluster. This will be an active-standby configuration whereby a local filesystem is mirrored to the standby server in real time (by DRBD). The article below shows how to configure the underlying components (DRBD, setup a filesystem to go on top, setup DRBDLinks) with a […]
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Our office will be closed during the week of Christmas (23rd to 27th of December 2013).
While desktop users are generally getting faster and faster internet connections, it’s still the case that optimising a page’s generation and delivery can lead to a significantly better user experience. This is especially the case for mobile users – who are often on a relatively low speed and/or high latency connection. With this in mind, here […]
A useful way of ‘warming up’ in the morning is to spend 10-15 minutes doing a short task/exercise – partly to hone your skills as a programmer through practice and repetition – and partly just to get into the right frame of mind. See this article on wikipedia for more information and links, and one example String […]
Last Friday was the ShropGeek Revolution conference (which we sponsored, and found to be very useful). This weekend there is the annual PHPNW conference. Having sponsored PHPNW’s conference since it’s inception, it’s been great seeing it grow and get better and bigger each year. More info over at http://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw13/