Semantic Versioning when you change the required programming language version

The question Here are White October, we maintain a number of Open Source projects.  We’ve recently been discussing changing the minimum PHP version supported by some of them.  The question naturally arose as to how we change the version number when we do that. We follow Semantic Versioning, which says: Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, […]

How to pull a remote MySQL database and remove personally identifiable data

In this post I am going to detail how to sync a remote database to a local developer’s machine without storing any sensitive or personally identifiable data at rest. Over the last few years there has been an ongoing change in our attitude towards privacy and how we handle user data. More recently the EU […]

Magnetic plastic ponies, Python and Raspberry Pi: Daniel Fernandes’s work experience story

My name is Daniel Fernandes and my time at White October was a very eye-opening experience. While trying to keep sane between magnetic plastic ponies moving of their own accord and a barrage of a co-worker’s increasingly questionable lunches, my first few days of work were devoted to standardising some python code made by Ed […]

My week at White October – by Sanjit Raman

So, as part of the school curriculum, students are to complete a week of work experience. This can be at a workplace of choice and the work that is completed is given by the workplace. My school offers this week in Year 10, and this is a short article of what it is REALLY like. […]

4 Ways to Create an Inclusive and Supportive Culture

I recently attended the Lead Developer conference in London, a conference that helps new and long-term leaders grow into their role and find inspiration for improving their skills. One topic that resonated with me was to do with the leaders’ role in creating the foundation for an environment where people can thrive and achieve their […]

Lead Dev 2018: The top four talks to take home to your teams.

Last week, set against the glorious, brutalist backdrop of the Barbican conference Centre, the 7th Lead Developer Conference took place. Welcoming over 1000 tech industry folk for two days of insightful talks. Organised by our sister company White October Events, Lead Dev has become a favourite on the White October calendar because, whatever your role in the tech […]

GDPR: Good Designers Practice (data) Regulation

GDPR is really big deal. But you probably knew that already. If you are in any way involved in collecting people’s personal information, it’s a sweeping piece of legislation that impacts all areas of your business. What’s more, since it is the first regulation of its kind for the tech industry, an industry that typically […]

Why you need #never in your roadmaps

This article is building on a particular way of starting a product roadmap, that is particularly effective for new product teams. The concept of a simple #now, #next, #later approach to roadmapping was introduced by Noah Weiss, back when he was SVP Product at Foursquare. If you haven’t read Noah’s article, I hope you will […]

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