From Student to Web Developer
So it’s not long now until I will be writing up my report on my time at Holiday Extras, then I will be heading back to the University of Kent to finish off my Computer Science degree. I thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on my internship,...
5 signs you're a good coder
1. You don’t solve problems until you understand the system/context.
5 tips for a smoother code review process
Here at Holiday Extras we’ve grown our web team from just a few developers to almost 40, and we have fingers touching code across multiple repositories on a daily basis now. Scaling code has become hard, and unless we really fight for quality then mediocrity creeps in as a simple...
A fresh look at Agile
It wasn’t too long ago that I equated the term ‘Agile’ with corporate speak.
How we do R&D time at Holiday Extras
Lots of companies do R&D time differently, Google famously have 20% time, the Atlassian team have their ShipIt days and at Holiday Extras we have ‘Project Lounge’. I’m going to open the doors to these sessions, to explain just how we do things and what I think works so well...
How do you organise your tabs?
A few people have asked me what the plugin is that I store my day to day links in, so I thought I’d post about it! Since joining the Web Team, I have never in my life had so many tabs open at once. I have some sort of OCD...
Building sites dynamically with Grunt
I’m a Front End Developer at a company that sells theme park breaks and our latest project, was a huge rewrite of our back end systems. My role in the project was mainly updating our front end, including removing our old Smarty templates, and updating them to use a mixture...
Do you speak stakeholder?
As Product Owner (PO) of New Products, whenever I’m starting work on a project I carry out an exercise - at least mentally - identifying who is or should be involved beyond my team. Leaving aside end-users or customers (who deserve a post of their own!) I see that stakeholders...
Making stuff happen
Do you have a “todo list” with ideas on it that never get completed? You have the same 24 hours in a day as everybody else but still find it hard to fit in all the things you want to get done.
To-dos that stick
Too many to-dos
During the last few months I’ve found myself having more and more things to do. I’ve tried a host of different to-do apps including Todoist, Google Keep and Wunderlist but none of them seem to stick as well as my Post-it solution below…