• Microservices - Managing the flow of data

  • There’s a number of companies that have been pioneering the microservices architectural style, including Amazon, Netflix, The Guardian, the UK Government Digital Service and But is it living up to the hype?

    “Microservices is a label and not the description” - Martin Fowler

    Microservices are much like how Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is architectural approach, rather than a technical implementation such as Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

    It is therefore not a silver bullet and it’s easy to get things wrong.

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  • Agile, what’s it all about?

  • Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

    It’s about communication and flexibility, delivering business value sooner, breaking work down into manageable chunks and even automated testing.

    It’s a way to provide businesses with the discipline and focus needed to maintain agility and sustainably deliver customer value.

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  • Is it time to stop bringing your own device to work?

  • Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned devices, like your mobile phone to their workplace and using those devices to access and use company information, such as email.

    Employees have been bringing their devices to work for quite some time, but by around 2012, it had become clear that every organisation needed a policy that would outline whether you could bring your own device or indeed not. However, these days, it’s less likely and even considered counterproductive to have such as prohibitive policy which means having a more comprehensive policy that incorporates the realities of modern technology and usage.

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  • 50+ Useful JavaScript Tips, Tricks and Best Practices

  • Here it is, the long awaited 50+ useful JavaScript tips, tricks and best practices.

    I originally wrote this for fun and to help me understand more about JavaScript as well as settle some common arguments that kept coming up in the community.

    Having lived with JavaScript for a long time now, I thought it was high time that I decided that I should write up some of the JavaScript tips with references to help those starting out.

    Here’s some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with JavaScript.


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  • Keep it Simple, Stupid!

  • “RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletcher was a larger than life maths teacher and “read the blinking’ question” wasn’t the only phrase he said.

    He had a whole raft of these phrases, including “log off, and bog off”, being one of the more memorable ones. For me though, he was also the source of the phrase “keep it simple, stupid” that has always stuck with me. Not just because it was somewhat amusing, but because it was actually useful advice too.

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