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Companies and teams come in all shapes and sizes and often the responsibility of approving leave requests needs to be handled by multiple people. The difficulty with this lies in the potential for cross-wires, for example Joe might have denied a request but Paul said it was ok to take the time off, or Paul might have approved a request and so has Joe, is that a double booking…? What if you need to cancel, do you have to tell them both?

We aim to solve this problem with LeeveBot and in this post I’ll take you through the approval process step by step. In this scenario Jane is requesting leave and her team has two approvers Paul and Joe. …


Update: We’ve moved our development roadmap to GitHub here: https://github.com/NoDivide/astrum/projects/2

It’s been just over 6 weeks since we introduced Astrum to the world and your feedback has been amazing. We’re actually starting to see a community come together around the platform and the fact that your helping each other with technical queries and general questions is more than we hoped for.

We’ve just released an update which includes a new feature - the facility to disabled code samples for components and just show the rendered preview - developed by Daniel R. C. Filho. You folks are contributing to the platform as well! …


A lightweight pattern library for any web project.

Today we’re releasing Astrum, a lightweight pattern library designed to be included with any web project. It’s open-source, released under MIT license, so we hope you’ll take it out for a spin and let us know what you think. Maybe you’d even like to contribute to the project yourself?

We’ve been working on Astrum for a few months here at No Divide and it was originally just going to be an internal tool to scratch our own itch in terms of providing a pattern library solution for our clients. …


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Yesterday we (No Divide) launched the new Five Simple Steps website.

At the same time my pocket guide Version Control with Git went on sale in digital format and also as a paper back when purchasing The Pocket Guide series: Collection 3.

The journey to get to this point has been an long one. I started writing Version Control with Git back in 2013. …


I thought I’d share a little setup I’ve been using for colour management in my projects and it’s all thanks to the new Sass Maps data type.

There have been a few tutorials discussing the use of maps. Jason Garber’s Sass Maps Are Awesome! is especially worth a read.

In my case I wanted to use Maps to reduce the number of long colour variable names I was using. e.g.

$site-footer-title-color: #FFF;
$site-footer-info-border-color: rgba(#FFF, 0.1);

Using Maps I’ve started to group colours based on element into a single variable:

$colors: (
nav: (
text: #333,
text-hover: #FFF,
bg: #FFF,
bg-hover: #FEF160
),
site-footer: (
title: #FFF,
info-border: rgba(#FFF, 0.1), …


of change

As I’ve grown older I’ve realised that I’ve never truly been scared of change. But I have let other peoples fear of change influence me from time to time. It’s difficult to have confidence in your own abilities and to maintain your self determination to shape your future into what you want it to be. We all have an innate need for validation, to know that the choices we make are the right ones. I still struggle with this and I suspect I always will.

When I decided to go freelance, almost 6 years ago, I spoke to many friends and family about my intentions. Responses ranged from “That’s great, good luck!” to “Ryan, you have a steady, secure income. Not everyone can say that!”. When I eventually decided to “take the plunge” a big part of me felt like I was being irresponsible. Our first baby had just been born, my wife was still on maternity leave and this was during the start of the recession and crash of the housing market. We’d just moved into a bigger house (so we had somewhere to store our new baby) and we couldn’t sell our first house. We still haven’t for that matter… I had one client I was working with and about 1 months worth of money in the bank. Despite all of this my wonderful wife was supportive and encouraging. I was depressed, and she knew that I needed to make a big change in my life to be happy again. She believed in me and that helped me believe in myself. …


A random thing that happened today

Thursdays are the days our general waste bin gets emptied. It won’t be emptied again for 2 weeks. People have complained about this change from 1 week collection to 2 week collection, but bah, doesn’t really matter. In fact a local guy to us saw an opportunity. He comes round every fortnight and cleans out everyones bins for the bargain price of £2. Good lad.

This morning my Mum arrived to collect my daughter and drew my attention to a dog turd in a blue plastic bag laying in the middle of our road, just a little way down. …

About

Ryan Taylor

Technical Director at @nodivide, creator of @leeve_app & @getastrum. Author of Version Control with Git (https://gumroad.com/l/rXch). Husband & father.

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