'Magic Ink' and the evils of interaction design!

Here is my contribution to the discussion: Yes Bret Victor is a real inspiration. I have copies of most of his writing in my DevonThink. I even grabbed the 'Invention video' (2012) on my rarely updated tumblelog in February (www.detyro.co.uk). In fact we liked ...Read More

Dart: did Google miss the bull's-eye?

The vocal portions of the Web that care about such things seem to have already made up their minds about Dart, the new web programming language from Google. My opinion of it has been flipping between intrigue and tedium. Maybe you don't even ...Read More

High Frequency Trading How To

I stumbled across an interesting new blog about High Frequency Trading recently. WK's High Frequency Trading How To covers some of the technical aspects of software and systems that handle high frequency trading from someone that has worked in the area. Hopefully the ...Read More

CSS Sprites and the Jigosaurus

As mentioned before, Jigosaurus is a multiplayer jigsaw puzzle that is played through a web browser. When Aleksei, Yasser and I joined as part of the Caplin Graduate Scheme, we were given the task of getting it running and improving it, and ...Read More

What does software look like?

As software engineers we work with substance which can neither be seen, smelt, touched, heard nor tasted. One might argue that we "see" the code, but in reality, our source code is no more than the instructions that we give for something to ...Read More

If you can't think of a good name, use a bad one

I've just read a great tweet from @KentBeck that provides an interesting solution for something that I have always struggled with. if you don't have a good name for it, give it a bad name. a really, really bad name so you'll ...Read More

What's in a Persona?

Personas are a tool we use at Caplin to help us REALLY understand who our users are and engage everyone in the company in building something compelling that will delight our users. No I am not talking about a sexy, ...Read More

The beauty of small tests

When tests are small, a test failure means just one thing – somewhere in these ten lines of code which are being tested, there is an error.  Ok, sometimes this can mean that there is an error in the test script, or a ...Read More

Agile – Tests = Fragile

The nature of agile projects, with lots of small releases mean that there are a lot of test runs to execute if you want to have any confidence in the code and the product. Ignoring this testing just generates projects which will fail – ...Read More

Tech Talk – Behaviour Driven Development

Last week several of my colleagues and I watched a Google Tech Talk on Beyond Test Driven Development: Behaviour Driven Development, presented by Dave Astels way back in March 2006. Although four years can seem like an eternity within software development, I ...Read More