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A Case for Hot-Reloading

by Chris Price, on 27 Jan 2016

Hot-reloading UI is a hot topic at the moment. I want to take some time to explain why, in the class of applications I typically work on, I believe it to be such an important feature for future UI frameworks to have. Fundamentally it’s about improving...

Playing with Docker Compose and Erlang

by Chris Smith, on 25 Jan 2016

This post uses Docker Compose to spin up a three container HTTP server. One container services the HTTP requests and delegates work to two other containers in a load-balanced way. Erlang is used for development to add a bit of extra challenge!

Angular 2 Time Travel with Redux

by Colin Eberhardt, on 25 Jan 2016

This post looks at integrating Angular 2 with Immutable.js and Redux, a popular Flux store implementation. It also demonstrates that the functional approach, encouraged by these technologies, allow for powerful concepts such as time travel, where you can replay actions and application state.

ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core 1.0

by Nick Soper, on 21 Jan 2016

Literally a couple of hours after we released the previous post on writing a RESTful API with ASP.NET 5, I learned that Microsoft have renamed the new platform. This is a very short summary of that decision.

Helpers for automated checking

by Daniel McNamee, on 20 Jan 2016

When automating end to end browser verification, how do you keep it simple, make it robust and enable flexibility within your automated checks. One way is to use helpers.

Introduction to Hadoop and MapReduce

by David Wybourn, on 13 Jan 2016

What is ‘Big’ Data? Big data is one of those buzz phrases that gets thrown round a lot, companies love saying they work with ‘Big’ data, but what is ‘Big’ data? When does data get so big that it can be called Big data? One Gigabyte? How about a...

Angular 2 with Immutable.JS

by Colin Eberhardt, on 05 Jan 2016

Angular 2.0 introduces a component-based approach to building applications, where the rendering can be optimised by selecting a suitable change detection strategy for each component. This post looks at how the OnPush change detection strategy works quite elegantly with the concept of immutable objects as enforced by Immutable.js.

Recommended Reading For Designers

by Graham Odds, on 17 Dec 2015

I am often asked for recommended reading on design by people from all sorts of different backgrounds. My answers vary wildly depending on the person asking and the angle or topic I think might be most relevant to them. However, there are certain books that come up quite often so...

Developer Tools for Testers

by Seda Bulut, on 16 Dec 2015

Web testing, in simple terms, is checking your web application for potential bugs before the system is revealed to the public. When testing web applications, there are many different resources you can use to help your testing. But a great resource is browser developer tools which can help in many...

Protractor For Beginners Part 2

by Hannah Pretswell, on 15 Dec 2015

This is the second post in a series of simple and short tutorials for automating tests using Protractor. In this post we will look at the difference between isPresent and isDisplayed, and we will use getText and the matchers toContain and toEqual to create some tests.

Building a todo list application with Angular 2.0

by Colin Eberhardt, on 07 Dec 2015

This blog post takes a step-by-step approach to building a simple todo-list application with Angular 2.0. Along the way we'll look at web components, dependency injection, TypeScript, bindings and the Angular 2.0 change detection strategy which combine to make a much more elegant framework to its predecessor.

Generalizing OData

by Thomas Kelly, on 01 Dec 2015

OData Controllers offer an easy interface between data and your application, but require one controller per model type. These controllers often have a large amount of almost identical code. In this blog post, we look at using C# Generics to remove this duplication.