Coding

App development, getting started. Do you really need one?

I’m often asked: “can you build me an app?” People tend to ask this question with an idea for an app in mind, that in a dream world would allow them to quit their day job and become CEO of a startup company. The standard answer is, of course, yes we can build you an app. What people tend not to recognise is that the development is rarely the complicated part of launching an app. What’s difficult about launching an app and making.

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The Brilliance That Saved the Web from WannaCry to Removing Ignorance From Those That Build It

WannaCry No More The WannaCry scam is a virus that infiltrates your computer and locks you out of it, providing a code which you must quote when making a ransom payment in bitcoin for the safe return of your system. The virus is implanted using code that originated as a ‘cyber weapon’ of the NSA, called Eternal Blue, which was developed to provide unprecedented levels of access to computers using the Microsoft Windows operating system (for the purpose of accessing terrorist and.

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Senior Citizen Coders, .Net WordPress and ISIS WordPress Sites

This week, we take a look at an 81 year old lady who’s had an app published on the iOS App store, a company that have built a compiler for WordPress using .NET and WordPress.com’s inaction against ISIS’ use of their blogging platform. It’s never too late to start coding! Most people associate coding with younger generations, imaginging the typical developer as a teenager sat in a hoody in front of a laptop. All signs point towards a growing new generation of.

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DeepCoder and The Beginning of the End

Microsoft has been a market leader in many different areas of technology for years. Whilst it’s often beaten by other behemoths in certain elements, there is one way in which they are definitely the market disrupters (and not just by removing a USB port or a headphone jack): their latest innovation, DeepCoder. DeepCoder is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows computers to write code themselves. The implications of such software, in a mature form, are often portrayed in apocalyptic movies.

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Dashing through the snow, on an open source WordPress website

T’is the season to be jolly, all across London the decorations are twinkling day and night. So why don’t we bring a little Christmas cheer and deck some websites, and not just the halls! Here are a few free plugins that you can easily add to your WordPress website and show a little seasonal cheer. 1) Adding a WordPress snow plugin If you want to create a snow falling effect on your website, there are multiple options. If your site is already.

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jQuery and Why It May Be The Wrong Choice

jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library, so it may come as a surprise to some developers that it might not be the correct choice, and in many cases – it’s just not necessary. You could even say overkill. This graph demonstrates just how widely it is used. With the popularity of the web on mobile (as of 2014 it surpassed desktop browsing) you could see why it has become essential for a developer to also work on developing a mobile friendly and.

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Responsive Emails Have Landed, Sort of…

My phone is the centre of my universe. It helps me when I’m lost. It holds my notes and reminders (essentially it’s my memory). When I wake up in the morning to the alarm on my phone the first thing I do is swipe the screen. If I have any push-notifications from my Gmail app, I browse any new emails I’ve received. As of September 30th, Gmail email clients have started to support media queries and embedded styles. Litmus has a ‘live.

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Hack Day October 2016

This week we held our latest hack day here at Purr. What’s a hack day? It’s when we let our coders out of their cages and give them free reign to explore anything developer-ish that advances their skills in one way or another. In the past, we’ve had sensible explorations like trying out OpenCart, which led to it becoming a platform we introduced to the PHP team. We have also had more amusing explorations such as building Doughnut Dash – an app.

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RSS feed – Why they are still relevant 17 years on

Today we take a look at what an RSS feed is, why you come across them all the time and why they’re useful to have. The RSS icon, although bearing a striking resemblance to the overly familiar WiFi logo, is a different thing entirely. Both are colour agnostic (although RSS tends to be orange) and WiFi has three bars whilst the RSS feed has two bars (just don’t mistake this for a weak WiFi signal).    What does it do? RSS stands.

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Google Maps Changes and How This Will Impact Your Business Website

Since 2007 Google allowed you to embed their maps feature onto your own site using its embed code snippets. But recently Google announced that whilst its maps will still work as they had done previously and retain all of its functionality – when embedding a Google map, you will be required to use an API key. Failure to undertake the required update will result in your website users encountering the likes of this error: The Problem “As of June 22, 2016 we are making the following.

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