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Sittin’ On the Docker of the API

Continuing the theme of Microsoft’s recent endeavours to move their entire development stack towards a platform agnostic, more Open Source world, I thought I’d share some of the adventures I’ve had along this bleeding edge of development. Here at TotallyMoney.com, we are happy to have been early adopters of .Net Core, using it to power…

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(Some) rules of software development that might apply in the rest of your life

Many of these rules relate to software development, but can be applied more broadly and produce some interesting learnings for business. Occam’s Razor The simplest answer is usually correct. Recognised long before the time of William of Ockham, after whom the rule is named, the learning from this rule is that minimising your assumptions can…

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Rust: What you need to know about this new systems programming language

Rust is a systems programming language designed to be safe and fast, both very useful things when writing a production web service. I needed to parse some output from the popular Logentries platform, so I sat down for a few hours and wrote a small service in Rust to fetch and parse the data, and…

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Coffee shop UX – a cup of feedback to go

So, guerrilla user testing. Sure, we’ve all heard people say: “Just go to Starbucks and offer people coffee in exchange for testing your app”, but to me that raises a whole bunch of questions: What kind of testing can you get out of bothering people? How can you know they are the right type of…

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Cleaning up Docker images on Jenkins build machines

We use Jenkins to build production-ready Docker images here at TotallyMoney. The setup works really well, but we encounter regular problems with high disk usage from Docker. This is primarily because old, untagged images aren’t cleaned up either during a new image build or on a timed basis. This is safe of course, particularly for…

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Birth of an App

Here’s a visualisation of the evolution of the TotallyMoney.com loans comparison platform.   The video shows the creation of files and changes made to them over time as the application was developed. These changes are recorded via Git, a software version control system, and was visualised using gource. Folders and files are shown as lines…

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Carry on up the Amazon

If I’m honest, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Enterprise Summit in London was a little bit of a sales conference, with Andy Jassy, the Senior VP for Amazon Web Services, talking up the numbers that demonstrate the growth and dominant position of AWS. Not that some of those numbers weren’t impressive – Elastic Compute Cloud…

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Optimising Trustpilot customer review invitations using unique links…and open sourcing our solution

At TotallyMoney.com, we love helping our customers make good decisions supported by reliable information. When it comes to evaluating our products, and the services we provide, who could be a more reliable source of information than our existing customers? Trustpilot source and publish customer reviews, including comments, and a star rating out of 5. In…

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Espruino at TotallyMoney.com

I found out about the Espruino Pico from a Hackaday post a while ago. The idea of being able to easily develop embedded applications with JavaScript (which, as a web developer, I already do a lot of) was enticing, and it got me back into the world of microcontrollers and electronics, which is a lot…

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