RAMBLINGS
OF A FREELANCE
DEVELOPER

A bit of code,
A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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The Disappointing Surprise From Apple

I used to be what you’d call an Apple fan girl. Back in college, I’d skip class just to watch the live feed of our Dear Jobs announce the newest and coolest. Of course, as I’ve gotten older (and wiser with money) I’ve started moving away towards the trend of buying the newest Apple stuff. I still have a first...

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Problems in Mobile Development

Last week I was supposed to be giving this talk at iOSDevUK, but unfortunately I had to cancel it because I was sick. So I thought I’d post my notes here for you guys to read and go through. This talk is slightly different from the version I used at previous conferences, as I decided to update and revise it....

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Shopify: a Review, a Workshop and a Friend

In my endless pursuit of finding the perfect eCommerce platform (much like my endless pursuit of the perfect jQuery carousel – finally solved btw), I’ve been testing out different eCommerce platforms with each new project that’s needed some sort of checkout functionality. I hate eCommerce. It’s always such a pain to customise and get the client’s designs working and looking...

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Development Philanthropy

Every developer (or designer of course) comes to that point in their career where they realise they no longer have to make websites just to survive. They’re either making enough money to reduce their work schedule, or they’ve even decided to start something in the after hours. Either way, it seems we all eventually come to the point where we...

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Women In Tech

Forgive me, for this post is going to be really discombobulated and probably piss you off..  Women in tech. I really, really, really hate that phrase. Yes, I’m a woman. Yes, I think it’s important for anyone and everyone to be able to do what they want to do without having to worry about been oogled all the the time....

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Faux Parallax, Box-Sizing, the Browser Edge and a Bit of Javascript

For the past week and a half, I’ve been working on a site for a client of mine. It’s a very detailed design, along with several small detailed pieces of functionality – which means it took me forever to code just the homepage. However, I was quite surprised at how proud I was when I finally finished it – the...

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Organising Life in Lists

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to organisation – I like to make sure I know what I’m doing and what needs to be done – so it’s natural for me to love making lists. Unfortunately though, I can’t seem to get my lists organised, or at least in one happy place. Here’s my typical setup. Daily To-Do List:...

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Review of Panic's Coda 2

I couldn’t sleep thanks to a lovely ear infection, so I thought I’d go ahead and download Coda 2 at 1:45am, before the majority of you geeks. I’ve always been a huge Coda fan, but this version takes the cake. Here are my thoughts….. Layout Upon opening the app for the first time, and after sniffing that new app smell,...

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Good Developer Conferences

Last week I wrote about overpriced conferences, so this week I thought I’d write about the other side of the coin. I’m sitting on a train in Brighton that was supposed to be in London by now, but am happy as a peach. I’ve just come from a fantastic conference, Points Brighton, that I was asked to speak at last minute...

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Overpriced Developer Conferences

Yesterday I attended and spoke at the Sourc{ conference in southern London. I did it completely free of charge, because I’d only had one other conference under my belt and have been wanting to get some more experience. I enjoyed being able to hang out with Remy Sharp, Paul Davis and my new best buddy, Kat Thompson. I even meet...

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