When I talked about dev

Community Assist: Now Available on the App Store

May 10, 2020 12:59 pm
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In the background recently I’ve been working on something, well a few things, but this is the thing I’m talking about right now. Yes, I am now officially an iOS developer proper. Imposter syndrome can do one. Community Assist is an app designed to help someone who may require assistance... View Article

Getting Gutenberg: How I’m using WordPress’ new editor

November 7, 2019 3:42 pm
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Gutenberg, for those unaware (and this is a mighty weird article to read if you aren’t aware), is the new WordPress article creation tool. I say new, it’s been around about a year now. But from what I’ve gathered during my journey to this point as a theme developer, it’s... View Article

Using async methods in name spaced javascript

June 4, 2018 10:36 am
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Spent an hour boggling my brain on this, so it’s one to write down. If you are namespacing your javascript functions using the module pattern you may run into an instance where you try to return an async value (i.e. from a json resource) and the value obviously returns immediately. So... View Article

Pattern Libraries

February 7, 2018 1:19 pm
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Internally at work I’ve been discussing the opportunity to create a pattern library (or style guide dependent on your preferred nomenclature) for one of our larger clients. This client effectively white-labels a bunch of financial services under their brand name and when the user takes the plunge on a service... View Article

Our House, an IoT App

January 4, 2018 7:25 pm
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This post details a recent app build project I was working on. This app was interesting because it also had a Raspberry Pi powered hardware component supplying it with data. The App, Our House, is an IoT home monitoring app. Now, I know what you are thinking. This has kind... View Article

SceneKit dynamic objects not obeying physics

July 21, 2017 8:40 am
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I recently spent a good few nights struggling with an issue in a SceneKit app I’m toying around with. The scene was rather simple. I created a set of planes programmatically , positioned one after the other creating a 10×10 grid and a gravity field to suck them up like... View Article

UX writing for chat bots and assistants

May 4, 2017 2:23 pm
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During an over email work discussion with a colleague, I was asked what my thoughts are on the following links Are UX writers the next big thing? Building Chatbots: Everything you need to know I encourage you to read those links. But in a nutshell my thoughts are: Are “UX... View Article

Quick reminder for CSS variables

May 3, 2017 9:15 am
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CSS variables or CSS Custom Properties are apparently here with enough support that we can start using them in production if we are clever with our fallbacks for IE. Here is a quick reminder as to how we can use them.

Voice Optimisation And Chat Bot Reading List

April 19, 2017 2:43 pm
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Just a list of articles I’ve recently read about voice optimisation, chat bots that sort of thing. Maybe you’ll find it interesting, maybe you won’t, but I’ll definitely not have lost this list of links. And really, that’s the important thing for me.

Working web hook response for api.ai from WordPress

April 11, 2017 11:20 am
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Just a quick response for anyone that needs a draft response to check that their web hook is working for api.ai. The response requirements for api.ai are kinda strict. But this works enough so you can get onto the interesting stuff.  Simply save the snippet as a PHP file on your server and... View Article