Introducing Service APIs: Learning how Service APIs can streamline your development efforts

Introducing Service APIs: Learning how Service APIs can streamline your development efforts

Every company starts with a single website or web application, but as a company’s internet presence grows, many different applications and websites are deployed. With a traditional approach of treating each of these applications as a completely separate solution, a number of problems occur: common functionality is implemented inconsistently across applications, maintenance costs are high and time to market for new applications suffers.

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It’s time to hug your sysadmin

It’s time to hug your sysadmin

Whether it’s a cup of tea, a sincere thanks or a hug, you have a new priority on your to do list; show your sysadmin some appreciation. No matter how tough your working week has been, it’s a pretty fair bet they’ve had a busier one than you.

Here are three big reasons why the unsung heroes of your IT team deserve your appreciation.

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The Ultimate Guide To Improving Online User Experience With espreSSO

The Ultimate Guide To Improving Online User Experience With espreSSO

How many passwords do you have to remember on a daily basis? Think about all the systems, applications and websites that you regularly access – how many different sets of credentials do you need to keep track of to use them all? Then consider this: how many passwords do your customers – internal or external – need to remember to use all the various applications (websites, intranets, extranets) your organisation maintains?

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8 Tips For Avoiding Vendor Lock-In with Web Applicatons

8 Tips For Avoiding Vendor Lock-In with Web Applicatons

Vendor lock-in makes a customer dependent on a supplier for a product or service, and unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs or inconvenience. While standards, bodies and an increased focus on interoperability have helped reduce the threat of application lock-in, web site and web application development can still be a minefield.

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Is it time PHP's reputation had a refresh?

Is it time PHP's reputation had a refresh?

At risk of reigniting a long and overwrought language war, PHP gets a bad rap.

But where did this reputation come from? Is it still valid?

And why, if it’s such a nightmare, are more than 43,600,000 live websites built on it?

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Horizontally scalable web applications

Horizontally scalable web applications

Applications need to scale upwards to remain responsive during times of heavy load and backwards to reduce TCO when costly resources are no longer needed. Our aim is to provide a timely and performant user experience without needing to invest in a permanent platform ready for the biggest potential future traffic spike.

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Bugs & Defects – Why should you treat them differently?

Bugs & Defects – Why should you treat them differently?

How many of you have wondered about the difference in bugs and defects? How many would argue they both are the same? And how do you define if an issue is within or out of the scope of a sprint?

In this blog, Bhalin Ramabhadran, Software Engineer in Test, looks at what defines a bug and a defect, why he thinks they are different, and the benefits for keeping them separate.

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Roll on PHPNW round seven

Roll on PHPNW round seven

PHPNW is back, and it’s bigger than ever.

Now in its incredible seventh year, the PHP North West UK conference will be taking over Manchester Conference Centre from Friday 3rd to the 5th October with hackathons, debates and socials galore.

We’re proud to have sponsored the event right from its early days and will be heading up to the North West for what promises to be another stellar year.

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Facebook’s PHP specification: Why all the fuss?

Facebook’s PHP specification: Why all the fuss?

A written PHP specification has been proposed by the community in the past, but perhaps because the need was less pressing, the efforts to write one had never really gotten off the ground. 

Just a few weeks ago an entire specification written by Facebook was open-sourced and donated to the PHP group, though not without a stir in the community. Ciaran McNulty assesses why it provoked such a reaction.

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See you at DrupalCon!

See you at DrupalCon!

In just over a month we’ll be packing our bags and jetting off to Amsterdam for DrupalCon Europe, the greatest gathering of Drupal minds the continent has ever seen!

This year's event has surpassed 2013 with ease, not least because our very own Konstantin Kudryashov, our BDD Practice Manager, and Ciaran McNulty, our Training Manager, will be taking to the stage to talk testing and those Drupal 8 Symfony2 components.

 

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