Blog

Our thoughts on technology and design

Tech
What is npx? How is it useful and why should you care? Find out how you can use npx to run global npm packages without having them installed.
Tech
Key lessons I took from Eric Evans' book "Domain Driven Design". A brief summary of the book's concepts and why you should read it.
Testing
Test Bash Brighton is one of the biggest testing conferences in the UK. I was given the privilege of attending and was so taken in by it all I felt compelled to write up my thoughts, feelings and experiences in detail!
Tech
A short tour of different museums and exhibitions that have used technology to support their displays.
Data Engineering
Apache Spark is the major talking point in Big Data pipelines, boasting performance 10-100x faster than comparable tools. But how achievable are these speeds and what can you do to avoid memory errors? In this blog I will use a real example to introduce two mechanisms of data movement within Spark and demonstrate how they form the cornerstone of performance.
Delivery
This Halloween, coming to a project near you... What horrors lurk on Agile projects when they go wrong? And how do we slay these beasts?
Tech
Mock the back-end of your web application, using Node.js, to make developing and testing the front-end easier.
Data Engineering
Spark is well known in Big Data for its incredible performance and expressive API. However, it just takes one small misstep to transform a massively parallel powerhouse into a pathetically poor performer. This post presents an example and the steps that can be taken to indentify the problem.
News
How Scott Logic consultants worked with Rabobank's London IT department to improve DevOps practices.
Tech
Following from my recent article on Machine Learning with Scikit Learn, I decided to experiment with the library that is most loved by developers today: TensorFlow. Similar to Scikit Learn, this post walks through a simple example of TensorFlow to categorise handwritten digits.
Tech
Apache Curator is a client side library providing convenience and out of the box algorithms when working with Apache Zookeeper. In this blog we take a quick look at how to implement a leadership election.
Delivery
DevOps culture is a critical part of successfully delivering an enterprise scale project. Getting that culture into a company requires a mindset change. In this article, I explore the journey to the DevOps Culture, DevOps Mindset and provide some practical advice based on my experiences.
Testing
Why do we write tests? When should we write tests? Which tests is it alright to skip? And have that angry mob of TDD developers actually achieved 100% test coverage?
Delivery
Can the perfect team evolve beyond the need for sprint retrospectives?
UX Design
Animation prototyping tools have been increasing in popularity, but also in variety. I spent a week exploring these tools and in this post I will try to gauge which tool is most appropriate for the needs and workflows of our team.
Careers
A call to arms for better representation of women at tech conferences, followed by some practical tips for first-time speakers.
Testing
This blog is based on my experience as a tester and how I got into testing. Furthermore, the blog explains my time at Scott Logic so far.
Careers
The Newcastle graduates were given the task of creating a stock watchlist application that allowed users to track the prices of various stocks. This post describes the project and offers some thoughts into how it went.
Resources
Testing can become a bottleneck within an agile delivery pipeline, resulting in delays and poorer quality software being released. This guide provides simple but effective ideas and techniques to successfully embed testing into the agile culture, eliminating those bottlenecks and increasing the confidence in your software quality.
Tech
In August 2017 a typosquatting attack was discovered in the npm repository with the intention of stealing developers' credentials. This post explains the attack and my efforts to search for similar active attacks.