The Hardest Things About Studying Outside of Work

Tweet Some of you whom have read my blog before will be aware that as well as working full time as a software developer I am studying for a BSc(Hons) in my spare time. Recently I’ve been finding it really difficult to push myself forward through the final years so I’ve decided to write down […]

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Leading a Retrospective – My first time

Tweet So today was the first time I lead the team retrospective. It was a little milestone for me as I’ve not really lead anything like that before. It took quite extensive planning (I believe if your going to do something you should do it properly and be well prepared), this involved me reading The […]

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Using MEF with Castle Windsor

Tweet It’s been a while since I last posted but that’s because I’ve been really busy completing year 4 of my degree (only 2 more to go!) and starting a new job! Anyway I finally got around to posting some of the new stuff I’ve been learning and for this instalment I’ve created a video cast on […]

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Should I stay or should I go? – Changing your employment

As some of you may know I have recently changed jobs. For me moving jobs is a difficult decision to make as I imagine it is for many others. Changing employment is a life altering decision and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. To be certain the decision I make is the right one I go through a process that I hope will help others if they are thinking about moving on.

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I must be the all absorbing sponge!

Tweet I recently went to DDD8 and had a fantastic time. It has to be one of my more favoured tech events for a number of reasons; I get to chat with some very  passionate industry people whom are almost always inspiring in some way. I catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a […]

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What are your development new year’s resolutions?

Tweet Whilst on my exciting snowy vacation in the French Alps I had lots of time to reflect on the past year. I managed to achieve a number of things on my hit list last year. So this year I have decided to create another goals list. This way it’s much easier to focus on what you […]

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Presenting a Testing Information Forum

Tweet A few weeks ago my colleague @duncanbutler and I presented an information forum on Testing.  It went down incredibly well and we have seen an large increase in interest in the topic, which in my opinion is half the battle! I’ll  do a brief run through of how we presented the talk and you are welcome to download the powerpoint slides if […]

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Remote Collaborative Programming – Give it a try

Tweet Remote Collaborate Programming (RCP) is an activity I’ve been dipping into over the past few months and it’s great! Essentially what it is pairing on a wider scale combined with project collaboration from your own home. With RCP you’re not just limited to two people, you can extend to a group. So far I’ve […]

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Review: Balsamiq – For creating mock ups

Tweet What’s a mock up? A mock up is exactly that, it’s a mock used to give an idea of how a project may look and function. To me it’s the transition of ideas in my head to ideas on a page. Why should I create a mock up? I find mocks ups allows me […]

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Juniors – Feeling like you’re just no good?

This post if for those who feel that they are lacking in confidence or know someone that is. It’s designed to empathise and motivate and to suggest some possible confidence boosters if you’re ever feeling like you’re not quite good enough.

This isn’t just for you, it’s for me too – a little pick-me-up and reminder of what I need to be doing to get my confidence back on track if my reserves are a bit low. It’s not going to apply to everyone, some people are confident all of the time. Much as my last post – this is me and my experiences as a junior however after discussing it with friends of mine I know there are others that battle with some of the same issues. So I’ve made a list of a few common confidence knockers that you may identify with and some confidence boosters I try to employ that may help.

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