• Programatically Performant, capturing web performance data

    Today I spoke at Halfstack Online, an online version of the Halfstack London conference I have spoken at for the past 5 years. The title for this talk is Programatically Performant, a talk all about how as developers we should focus more time on capturing web performance metrics from our site so we can make informed decisions on how to improve using data. Having given the talk I realised how it might be useful to write a blog post on this topic as well, and that was how this post was born.

  • Your first one to one with a new employee

    As a manager one of the things that you will experience is taking on the management of a developer who has recently joined the company. As part of this it is important that you have an initial one to one with them to help you get to know how they like to work and how they like to receive feedback.

  • ffconf 2019

    As every year I have attended ffconf down in brighton, this is a great conference that I love to go to. The talks a great, the people you meet are great so I certainly recommend it.

  • Bringing a better share experience to the web

    So something I have often talked about with designers is the challenge in getting users to share content on mobile. The reason for this is that if the user is in their browser looking at content they are unlikely to be logged into their favorite social network like Facebook or Twitter because they are probably using an app for that. The data supports this too with this article from earlier in the year ‘Does Anyone Use Social Sharing Buttons on Mobile?’.

  • Making stakeholders aware of the impact of website performance

    When I build a website I obsess over performance. I will rip out a JavaScript library from a project and replace it by another to save an extra 10KB. I do this because I understand the impact of performance. Both as a developer who has built a wide variety of sites and as a user who spent last weekend struggling to get one bar of signal at a campsite.

  • Migration to Jekyll

    So recently the site hasn’t been as reliable as I would have liked, this is due to issues with the server hosting the site and even after migrating to much bigger Digital Ocean droplet I still had issues with stability. I therefore made the decision to migrate the blog to use Jekyll hosted on GitHub.