Early on in 2017, I was lucky enough to finally get time off from an employer to go to a web development conference. It was the experience of seeing the conference speakers get up on stage that spurred me on to write more. The conference actually gave me a lot of inspiration to crack on with new projects and experiments also.
So, a little after that conference I began to write, quite slowly at first as I was worried about what people may think of my writing (and opinions). I’ve always been quite outspoken in work, and quite enjoy finding…
I’ve been lucky enough to be in hiring positions at two companies I’ve worked for so far in my career, and let me tell you - hiring Frontend Developers is difficult.
Not only is there a shortage of good developers, but experience, skills and methods vary dramatically in Frontend Developers. It’s a very broad role and one that many people don’t value the intricacies of.
I’ve hired people to fill Junior roles working on enterprise sites, a Head of Frontend to replace me, and most recently I’ve been hiring Senior Developers to work with me on a complicated web app…
Earlier this year (2017 for any future people) I designed, built and released my first application onto the Appstore. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for years but between work commitments and lacking drive to really learn Swift or Objective C I’ve never quite got around to it. There’s been many ideas in that time, all million dollar ideas of course, but most have been quite daunting and not knowing where to start has been a real blocker. I felt that 10 years of Frontend Development hadn’t quite prepared me to tackle a full application on my own.
So this week I’ve been testing visual Bug Tracking Tools to implement into our sites. I was hoping that it would be the bridge between developers, project managers and clients. I gotta say I’m disappointed.
The idea is brilliant and it should save so much time but more often that not I came across bugs and poor user experience. Bugs in Bug tracking software… come on!
I’d previously looked into Trackduck so that was my first choice but I thought I’d give a few others a go as well. So the list of tools to consider was:
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