Category Archives: tech

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. […]

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 […]

“Tests as contract” – using automated tests to help teams work together

We recently worked with UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector trade union, to create a better online joining experience for their new members. The Online Join journey represents a key revenue stream for the 1.3 million member organisation. Joining the union is a multi-stage sign-up process which we helped them drastically simplify, decreasing the total […]

Put your money where your mouse is (again)

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” (Isaac Newton) “If we have built great digital products, it is by standing on the shoulders of free software” (White October) Okay, so our adaptation of Bernard of Chartres’ metaphor isn’t going to stand the test of time like Isaac Newton’s […]

Put your money where your mouse is

“If you found this program useful, please consider making a donation.” You’ve probably seen those words quite a bit on software that you use.  I have too.  But it struck me a little while ago how much what we at White October do relies on hard work done by others for free in their spare […]

Connecting to Google’s Natural Language API with Python on App Engine.

Connecting to Google’s Natural Language API with Python on App Engine. Introduction As part of our recent White October Hack Day, I did something very basic using Google’s Natural Language API to extract a list of nouns from a sentence. The detail of what I used it for isn’t important here.  What is important is […]

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