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This year I’m attending the Linux Foundation Europe Summit, a sizable event bringing together 1,000s of people involved in open source. Day three made us think about allyship, yet more AI and the looming shadow of the EU Cyber Resilience Act (CRA).
This year I’m attending the Linux Foundation Europe Summit, a sizable event bringing together 1,000s of people involved in open source. Day two was packed with surveys, statistics and the fragility of the node ecosystem..
This year I’m attending the Linux Foundation Europe Summit, a sizable event bringing together 1,000s of people involved in open source. I typically take extensive notes of the sessions I attend, so thought I’d share them here on our blog.
Discover how to streamline metrics collection in Jest test suites using a centralized 'metricsCollector' utility, simplifying test maintenance and enhancing data-driven testing practices.
JSON Web Tokens are a secure way of transmitting information between two parties. This article explores what they are, how they are made, the kinds of JWTs that are commonly used and their key benefits.
In this blog post I will walk you through how to set up a Jest custom environment in order to dynamically skip tests after they have been queued.
Jest is a JavaScript unit testing framework that is popular amongst developers wanting to ensure code correctness. Jest is not typically used for tasks like performance testing, but offers some useful features in snapshot testing that can be enhanced to carry out such tasks.
You think software has enough variables, right? Well there is another one that has become a big consideration when designing, developing and deploying software and its name is Sustainability. This area of consideration comes with its own terminology and with this blog post I hope to shed some light onto the nomenclature. So when someone comes up to you and says "I want to design a sustainable, carbon aware system that focuses on reducing the operational carbon of my business but also minimises embodied carbon", you will know exactly what they are looking for!
User stories are a pivotal component of Agile Software Development, serving as concise and user-centric descriptions of desired software functionality. Hence, here I am, discussing how crucial it is to put user stories right for setting the foundation for a well-structured, user-focused, and efficient development process.
In this episode, Oliver and Peter from Scott Logic are joined by Laura Bell Main, CEO and co-founder of SafeStack, for a lively discussion on DevSecOps. They touch on techniques such as “assume breach” and “shift left”, and the relationship to DevOps, which is trying to solve a similar problem.
To a lot of people who identify as LGBTQIA+, coming out for the first time can be daunting enough. To some it’s celebrated, to some it’s met with relief and to others, unfortunately, it can be negative beyond belief. But here’s the catch, we have to do it again and again and again…
Over the years, some organisations (including some I have been part of) have promoted the idea of ‘celebrating failure’, encouraging employees to be open when it comes to mistakes they have made in the past, in order to learn for the future. But how honest have we really been when doing this? And how can we celebrate failure in the right way?
Understand how Google and other search engines use LLMs to gain insights into the semantic meaning of the language in search queries using embedding and cosine similarity.
We all have a unique view of the world around us. It's important for designers to consider the impact of mental models on the overall user experience. Let's take a deeper look into how mental models play a role in design.
In this episode, I'm joined by Bailey Hayes from Cosmonic and Sean Isom from Adobe to go beyond the hype with WebAssembly. We start by discussing the early days of WebAssembly, and where it all began, in the browser. We debate the infamous tweet that compares WebAssembly to Docker, and look at the future promise of the Component Model, which aims to break down language barriers.
There are a plethora of datagrid and table solutions available for JavaScript applications, but it can still be tough to find one that does exactly what you need. In this post, I provide an introduction to an option you might not have considered: using the table library that doesn't actually provide a table at all.
I was part of a Scott Logic team that developed and delivered a Proof of Concept (PoC) for a major retail bank which demonstrated high potential business value and showed how GenAI could be reined in as part of a range of options to mitigate risk. In this post, I provide an overview of how it worked.
Ashleigh has been working alongside staff at Altitude Foundation for work experience this year. While on work experience, the team at Altitude Foundation tasked them with interviewing staff from Scott Logic to find out a bit about their careers and how young people could find a path into the tech industry.
Lessons learned in my first two years as a developer, including the importance of learning from failure, avoiding comparison, developing soft skills, and networking.
Those involved in managing organisations' environmental impact often point to the 'supply chain challenge', that is, the difficulty of measuring the GHG emissions associated with suppliers' goods and services. But most businesses are themselves also suppliers, so if we're all waiting for our suppliers to answer the question before we can, then we're stuck in a deadlock. This post shares our first (probably imperfect) stab at trying to progress this issue.