What do developers spend all that time on?

For those of you who don't know what a developer spends all their time on, this might provide some insights. I created this log to show where the time goes as even I would look at what I'd done and feel as if I was being lazy. On looking at…

Working from home - do's and don'ts

After spending a decade rebuilding our dream home in the country, saving the money to build a decent office and getting everything near perfect, we're moving (shameless plug, currently up for sale). We've found a new place that's ideal for the business and us, so we'll be starting again. This…

A minstrel came awandering

Jacques Mattheij wrote an article that was later featured on Hacker News about wandering around Europe and offering his services for free, which sounded like a lot of fun, so I got in touch with him and invited him to stay. I didn't check with my wife at this point…

TypeScript Succintly

I've been meaning to write this up for some time as it's a very useful book which also happens to be completely free. Like a lot of developers now I'm awash with javascript and learning TypeScript is a good way to manage what can easily become a mess. If you…

The geek shall inherit the Earth - part 1

There was a time when geeks, nerds or whatever you prefer to call them were generally laughed at and even my own brother liked to say that I was a boffin. That wasn't a compliment at the time, he thought I could solve complex computer problems but couldn't even tie…

The Ghost Blogging Platform

One of the many things to buzz the tech crowd in late 2013 was the new Ghost Blogging platform. My previous blog was lovely once (Dot Net Blog Engine), but it hasn't fared well with the move to Azure where the theme came out a bit mangled after an upgrade…