Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to be working on a pretty widespread project. This has forced me to touch on many different technical aspects of the business to deliver and as a result could change the way we deliver in the future. It’s also allowed me to coin the CDR (Continuous Disaster Recovery) term, which […]

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  Introduction An American poet once wrote that ‘Good fences make good neighbours‘. In the corporate environment, the exact opposite is true. The boundaries we construct between teams actually damage relationships. Us and Them Any business larger than a start-up will be composed of groups of people, each performing a distinct job. These groups may […]

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I was lucky enough to come by a ticket for NDC London this year as one of 6 people sent down from Tombola, 2 each from Bingo, international and my division Arcade, sitting on the train going down I was literally overwhelmed trying to decide what to miss, in case you don’t know the structure […]

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This post is part of a series: Introducing quality, Part 1: Software testing Introducing quality, Part 2: Continuous Integration and Deployment Automation Introducing quality, Part 3: QA team and internal processes   Remember the testing pyramid from the first post of the series? It is a good guide for automating your testing process no doubt, […]

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I was fortunate enough to be one of the 4 developers tombola sent to re:Invent this year – There were some seriously big announces in both of the keynotes – I won’t go over them here, but you can read about them straight from the mouth of AWS. The keynotes are both available to watch […]

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On the 23rd October, three members of the tombola Platform team travelled over to Newcastle for an evening session organised by JavaScript North East (@jsnortheast). After free pizza and beer, Damian Nicholson (@damian) gave an interesting talk on the perils of form validation. He warned against the common practice of disabling the ‘submit’ button until […]

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This year I was lucky enough to attend AWS re:Invent. It was hosted at the Venetian and the Mirage, Las Vegas. The scale of the event was astounding with over 32,000 delegates descending on Las Vegas to learn about AWS and hopefully gain inspiration from one of the amazing stories presented by some of the larger […]

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