It wasn’t just February that had us all doing interesting things..
“I recently read an interesting blog detailing common mistakes for portfolio websites. I was really pleased to see that the UVd site doesn’t fall into these mistakes. The number one mistake (apparently) is to have a site that doesn’t explain what the company does – UVd’s tagline is the first thing you see on our site. It was good to be reminded of how visitors view websites and how they behave. In terms on meetups this month, I will be attending the Behat 3.0 meetup, which will be really interesting for me from an understanding of the top level new stuff for the future.”
“Following on from the Usability Workshop I attended last month, I will be writing not one, but two blogs (a blog post and a lab post) this month on our process for usability testing at UVd.”
“In my spare time I’ve been playing with PhoneGap as I’ve been wanting to use it for ages. Basically it packages HTML/CSS into native iPhone apps with all ios transitions baked in. It’s really easy to use. My next step is to get it working on a phone. I’ve also been playing with userapp.io which enables user management in the cloud.”
“I’m currently reading ‘The Pragmatic Programmer’ which is written by two guys that have been developers for a while, and based on their experiences: what’s worked well for them, and general tips on how to be a good developer. It’s a good book for any level of developer to read as it’s not too heavy. One of the guys in our shared office space, Matt, showed me a security checking tool which checks your PHP for known security issues. It’s easy to use and I think we’ll use it in all of our applications during deployment in the future. I’m also going to the Behat 3 meetup with Eddy and Kirsten, as I use Behat all of the time, so really interested to see the new version.”
“In my spare time I have been working through a Yeoman generator tutorial to build an app with Angular and Yeoman. After mentioning this for this blog, Kirsten has set aside some professional development time for me to build something with this, as it’s tech we use here at UVd. Following Chris’ recommendation I have also started reading the Pragmatic Programmer which I’m enjoying so far.”
“Having just taken on the marketing for UVd, I am reading ‘Commonsense Direct and Digital Marketing‘ which is really interesting. It’s great to read up on advice from someone who has had such a successful career in the industry. I’m only up to the third chapter, but I already feel like a broad range has been covered, and it’s nearly all had relevance to my role, even though his examples range from selling insurance to fake hair pieces!”