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Building a new face for Digital Oxford – can you help?

Tonight the Digital Oxford Website Working Group met to figure out how to get going on a new brand and website for Digital Oxford. Digital Oxford is in the process of reforming as a Community Interest Company, with a mission to instil pride in the digital industry here.  As an industry and community run organisation [...]

Symfony for frontend developers #4 – Setting Twig variables

This article is part of a series; see Symfony for frontend developers for more. Introduction A common issue encountered by frontend devs using Twig is not knowing where the values of the variables they’re using actually come from.  Answering this one requires unravelling quite a lot about Symfony and Twig, so let’s dive in! Where [...]

Why testing your idea is always a good idea

I’ve seen both small and big companies invest thousands of pounds, sometimes millions, on an idea with little or no customer validation. It’s refreshing when you come into contact with a Product Owner with an almost unshakeable belief in their product but we’ve recognised that when someone lives and breathes their idea, it can lead [...]

Our role in world events

Whether Scotland voted ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ predicting the next financial crisis and finding global talent were a few of the topics on the agenda at this year’s Global Horizons, an international conference presented by Oxford Analytica. This global event, attended by leaders and experts from all over the world, also saw the unveiling of the [...]

Symfony for frontend developers #2 – Twig templates

This article is part of a series; see Symfony for frontend developers for more. Introduction Symfony projects don’t have to use the Twig templating language, but it’s very useful.  We use it on all our Symfony2 projects here at White October. If you’re a frontend developer, Twig will be both a blessing and a curse. [...]

ALL YOUR BAS3

The third All Your Base conference is happening next month here in Oxford, with our John Wards presiding. AYB was John’s idea back in 2012, and he does an amazing job curating and chairing the only database conference of its kind in the UK! Jeni Tennison, Technical Director at Open Data Institute, will kick things [...]

We’re brimming with pride….

… for Paragon Community Housing Group. They’ve just won Best Digital Marketing at the National Housing Awards 2014 for a website which the judges “found easy, smooth to use, creatively good looking and intuitive.” We couldn’t be more chuffed. It’s simple really.  The win was down to the Paragon team’s creative efforts to streamline their [...]

“Wearable tech is top choice for most promising innovation”, say developers at this year’s jQuery UK

The majority of developers attending jQuery UK are spending more time on projects for mobile this year, and opt for wearable tech such as Apple Watch and Google Glass as top choice for most promising innovation. Developers attending this year’s jQuery UK conference in Oxford were asked what they thought was the most promising technology [...]