Category: Development

Usability Testing Is Not Just For Customers

  tl;dr: Developer tools and shared code can be usability tested, providing a different insight to code review or pair programming. While working on a developer tool, knowing I intended to perform usability tests got me focused on making something usable. Just framing the problem as “providing a usable tool” […]

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Gaining Feedback, Building Trust

A powerful means of building trust and collaboration within a team is to gather around a table and tell each other face to face ‘this is how your actions made me feel’, both the good and the bad. The importance of feedback Effective software development requires a robust feedback loop. […]

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Distributed Pair Programming @ TIM Group with Saros

There’s a particular technology used within TIM Group that has been too useful for too long to continue to go uncelebrated. The tool is called “Saros“, it is an Eclipse plugin for distributed pair programming that is used extensively at TIM Group. Why We Need A Distributed Pairing Solution We […]

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TopicalJS: A rose amongst the thorns?

We have a codebase in semi-retirement to which we occasionally have to make limited changes. With active codebases, you are continuously evaluating the state of the art and potentially upgrading/switching third-party libraries as better solutions become available. With inactive codebases, you live with decisions that were made years ago and […]

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Report from DevOpsDays London 2013 Fall

This Monday and Tuesday a few of us went to DevOpsDays London 2013 Fall. We asked for highlights from every attendant and this is what they had to say about the conference: Francesco Gigli: Security, DevOps & OWASP There was an interesting talk about security and DevOps and a follow […]

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Does JDK8’s Optional class satisfy the Monad laws? Yes, it does.

As recently came up in discussion: Does JDK8’s Optional class satisfy the Monad laws? Yes, it appears that it does. Please see this gist for the details! View the code on Gist.

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High Availability Scheduling with Open Source and Glue

We’re interested in community feedback on how to implement scheduling. TIM Group has a rather large number of periodically recurring tasks (report generation, statistics calculation, close price processing, and so on). Historically, we have used a home grown cyclic processing framework to schedule these tasks to run at the appropriate […]

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The Summit is Just a Halfway Point

(Title is originally a quote from Ed Viesturs.) This past week, TIM Group held its Global Summit, where we had nearly all of our Technology, Product, and Sales folks under the same roof in London. For those who aren’t aware, we are quite globally spread. We have technologists in both […]

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Bring the outside in: gov.uk

Recently, Jake Benilov from the Government Digital Service (GDS) team visited the TIM Group office in London. His presentation on “7 types of feedback that helped make GOV.UK awesome” was a very interesting tour of the key success factors in building the UK central government’s publishing portal. The talk filled […]

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Dip Your Toe In Open (Source) Waters

One of the qualities that TIM Group look for when filling vacancies is an interest in contributing to open source projects. We think that when a candidate gets involved in open source, it indicates a passion for software development. If you’re like me, at some point, you have wanted to […]

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