Category Archives: Development

A Personal Growth Framework

This is a brief summary of my QCon conference talk on professional development. If you’re here because of that talk, and want to jump straight into the action, you can find the Personal Growth Framework PDF here. What are you focussing on right now to progress in your career? Ultimately you own your professional development, […]

New Songkick iPhone app

For the last few months I’ve been working, as part of the mobile-apps team, on building a new version of the Songkick iPhone app. We’ve been busying adding some new features, including a complete UI redesign (to bring the app more inline with iOS 7), better ticketing integration, and the ability to scan your Spotify […]

Installing an FTP server on the Pogoplug

…and syncing photos with PhotoSync. I’ve used the excellent PhotoSync app on my iPhone and iPad to backup photos to my iMac. This works well, but requires me powering the iMac on to run the sync. As my Pogoplug is always on, and has a bunch of storage connected to it, I thought it would […]

Acceptance testing iOS apps

I recently had to develop a update for an iOS app. I’ve become accustomed to the excellent continuous build & integration environment we make use in our workplace for our (primarily Ruby-based) projects. This led me to investigate tools that I could use to develop an update to the iOS app in a similar way. […] – an experiment with Node.js, & Heroku

I started the Easter Break with an idea for a website: a real-time Twitter stream of people trying (and failing) to spell the word ‘definitely’. Let’s cut to the chase, here’s what I ended up building: Sounds like a pretty dumb project idea, I know, but I’ve been looking for an excuse to work […]

Adding Torrents via

If you have setup Transmission on your Pogoplug using my previous post, then this post will allow you to remotely (via add new torrent files and start them downloading to your home server. Why? I’ve been looking for a secure way to add Torrents to my Transmission server running on my Pogoplug, from a remote […]