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Learnings From MTP London 2018

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I recently had the pleasure of once again attending a Mind The Product conference. For the uninitiated, Mind The Product is a product management community which, among other things, hosts the largest product focused conference in the world. I’ve previously attended MTP Engage in Hamburg, but with roughly 1700 attendees, MTP London is definitely on another level of scale. Apart …

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My Goals for 2018

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2017 was the first year in which I took the time to think about what I wanted to achieve in the next 365 days and planned out a couple of goals that would determine whether I had succeeded or failed. You can read about my self-assessment in this previous blog post, but the tl;dr is that 2017 was a pretty …

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2017: Year in Review

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Another year, another year in review blog post.   Being a believer of the maxim “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”, at the beginning of the year I set a number of goals which I hoped to achieve throughout 2017. This was the first year in which I sat down, thought about what I wanted out of …

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Why We Need SCRUM At Our Startup

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I recently joined a startup after years of working in much larger and longer-established organisations. The first thing I noticed when comparing my new workplace to my previous jobs was the distinct lack of structure in almost every aspect of the daily goings-on. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by this, startups are known for their fast-paced, think on …

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2016: Year in Review

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2016, what a year huh! Celebs kicking the bucket every other day, Brexit, Trump, the terror attacks in Europe and the whole situation in the Middle-East – these scenarios among many others make you wonder whether the world is moving forwards or backwards. My 2016 was FIRE. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve accomplished, what’s changed and what’s coming up …

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Cache Busting Resources In Any Language Using Gulp

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One way to improve performance and instantly speed up the load times of your site is to start caching resources. If your server is sending the correct headers, then the browser will automatically cache (save) certain resources so that the next time the user visits your site, the resources are already present and do not need to be re-downloaded. But what …

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Using Multiple Directories To Serve Static Resources In Node and Express

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On my quest to teach myself Node, Express and various other JS frameworks, I recently built an API serving multiple frontends in one big application. It’s presentend in the same way as TodoMVC where there is a dashboard page with links to other pages, each containing the same app implemented using a different technology. When I first got started with this project my …

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Upload an Image using the MEAN Stack

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I’m currently working on a little “Travel Diary” side project to learn more about NodeJS, Javascript frameworks and Fullstack development in general. I’ve started off by using the traditional MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, Angular and Node), but will be switching out Angular in the future to explore other frontend frameworks. One of the requirements of this project is to include some sort …

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UX IRL – Groupon’s Generic Error Messages

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Tut tut tut Groupon, I expected better from you. I was trying to buy two coupons to go whale watching for my upcoming trip to New York when I was presented with this at the checkout screen… Something had gone wrong. Was my credit card maxed out? Where my details correct? Were they out of whales to be watched? I always …

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Unit Testing AngularJS Course Hits $1000 Milestone

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I’ve hit my first major milestone for my Unit Testing AngularJS Course on Udemy. After 3 months – I’ve got 1,350 students, an average rating of 4.43 and made a profit of just over $1000! When I first thought about starting the course I planned it as more of a learning exercise to become better at teaching and at AngularJS. Creating the lectures actually took much longer than …