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Using WebdriverIO Part 2

by Drew Theasby, on 25 Apr 2016

This is part 2 of the Using WebdriverIO guide where we'll be taking a closer look at the tests and implementing the page-object model.

Using WebdriverIO Part 1

by Drew Theasby, on 25 Apr 2016

WebdriverIO is a great addition to your automation toolkit. This 2-part post first walks through configuring WebdriverIO and automating the test process using Gulp, before taking a look at the tests themselves and abstracting using the page-object model in part 2.

A Functional Front-End with React

by Michael Tinning, on 04 Apr 2016

This post uses React to show how we can use features from functional programming in everyday JavaScript, and integrates RxJS to show how these approaches are common across many frameworks today.

Jenny from the blockchain

by James Hill, on 04 Apr 2016

Over the past several years there has been a lot of talk about cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, and the blockchain technology that underpins them. However it can be difficult to understand how the blockchain actually works in practice, and why it is such a clever method for currency exchange. Two...

Kotlin: Practical Experience

by Allen Wallis, on 04 Apr 2016

Kotlin is the latest JVM-targeted language to see a 1.0.0 release. Having experimented with it for a short while I thought I would capture my experience and point out a few gotchas.

Automating Expenses With the Mondo API

by Colin Eberhardt, on 28 Mar 2016

Mondo Bank has recently moved into public Beta, sending out 1,000 cards to trial customers each week. I received my Beta card a few days ago, and have been using it ever since. This blog post takes a quick look at the Mondo API and how I used it to automate expense claims!

D3FC ❤ Canvas

by Ali Sheehan-Dare, on 18 Mar 2016

Along with the modularisation of code, D3 version 4 also brings new support for canvas drawing, thanks to the d3-path package introduced in version 4. There are performance advantages to using canvas over svg for drawing complex charts (however canvas is not necessarily always better). You can...

Independent testers question

by Daniel McNamee, on 11 Mar 2016

Automation of user interactions in browsers can be difficult. Even more so when you have to hunt for elements in a single page application. How can we ensure reliable location of these and reduce flaky checking?

d3-path - what is it good for?

by Chris Price, on 10 Mar 2016

This post introduces a new feature of D3 version 4: the d3-path package. d3-path is an abstraction over SVG path creation which uses the canvas element’s Context2D interface. Previously creating path generation code involved a lot of concatenating SVG path commands like M0,0 or

Interaction 16

by Will Loveland, on 08 Mar 2016

On the 1st of March myself and Graham Odds travelled to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 8th annual Interaction week.

Deconstructing a tweet-sized D3 creation

by Chris Price, on 08 Mar 2016

I recently created a site which I’m proud to say now hosts an impressive collection of tweet-sized D3 creations from the hugely creative people of the internet. In this post I’ll talk through deconstructing one or two of those creations with the aim of giving any aspiring artists a...

Modularizing Client Side Dependencies With jspm

by Tyler Ferguson, on 03 Mar 2016

Making the jump to fully modularized applications in javascript is now incredibly easy with ES6 modules and javascript package manager (jspm). We'll take a look at the refreshing simplicity in the jspm workflow and how it goes about achieiving this.

D3v4 is on the way!

by Ali Sheehan-Dare, on 23 Feb 2016

The next version of D3, the data visualisation library, is on the way. As we maintain D3FC (a charting library built on top of D3) we want to stay on top of those changes, to make sure that the library makes appropriate use of any new functionality and...

Binding with Bond

by Colin Eberhardt, on 22 Feb 2016

Swift Bond is a binding framework that removes the mundane task of wiring up your UI. In this tutorial, which was originally published on Ray Wenderlich's website, I introduce the concepts of Bond and demonstrate how to use it to rapidly build an iOS app.