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10 Jul 2011

Order versus chaos

by Harry

Jessica’s recent blog post, You need a system to grow, reminded me of a debate I often have with clients. The more ‘creative’ the client is, the more resistant they are to having structure and convention applied to their website designs. The debate relates to what position to occupy on the continuum varyingly described as […]

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4 Jul 2011

You need a system to grow

by Jessica

I remember in Year 10 Biology Mr Roddy explaining plants to us; how they fertilize, grow, photosynthesize and regenerate. How something as wild as a jungle or rainforest would grow from a very systematic process. He explained that if one factor wasn’t right, if one cell didn’t do its job the plant had no chance […]

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24 Jun 2011

Telling stories

by John

Last night James and I attended the Auckland Web Meetup, a large gathering of web professionals ranging from designers to developers. The session covered just about every aspect of web related technology you could imagine.  These meetups are becoming increasingly popular – last night alone there were 180 people in attendance with a short list […]

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27 Apr 2011

Hot cacheable nothingness

by John

I’ve been thinking about two things this week, but primarily about fastness. I’m referring to how we can make our code run faster in order to improve user experience, scalability and ensure that we get the most out of the resources that we have. While thinking about fastness I also ended up thinking about nothingness […]

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4 Apr 2011

Choose your own adventure

by Jessica

As 9am ticks over in my job (as for most) it isn’t long before I receive an email or frantic phone call, or text message that needs immediate attention. Which is fine, it’s good to be needed, right? But that leads me into a danger zone where I descend into the chaos of things to do with no plan of attack. I’m pushed and buffeted around, dealing with one urgent task after the next..

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15 Mar 2011

Clean desk, clean mind

by Harry

The words “clean desk, clean mind” were left on our large vertical whiteboard when I returned to the office one afternoon. Their author, John, has possibly the untidiest desk I have ever known. He also has a very dry sense of humor and I expect the statement was intended to apply a cheeky twist to […]

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1 Mar 2011

Webstock 2011

by James

The week before last Jessica and I took a few days off from development and headed a long way down the road to Wellington for New Zealand’s seminal, annual event for all things web related – Webstock! This was my first Webstock and I got the chance to take a step back from my code […]

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8 Feb 2011

Everyone else has put the trash out

by Jessica

The incredible thing is that 99 percent of people believe that they are the worst in the world when it comes to procrasitination, organisation and productivity.

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7 Feb 2011

Getting the hint

by John

The majority of our back-end development has been performed using PHP 5.3, which is a big step up from previous versions of PHP in terms of what the language now offers. However, sometimes despite all the work that the developers put in, there are things that don’t quite work the way you want them to. […]

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2 Feb 2011

Paper cups

by Jessica

A lot of our planning happens in a small high-ceilinged meeting room. If it wasn’t for the one glass wall, it would be like working inside a lift shaft.  If I start to feel claustrophobic I opt for one of life’s little pleasures: a walk down to Revel Café to get coffee. Exiting onto the […]

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