Category Archives: Web development

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Hackday 2017 – think like a startup!

What we did We’ve done various hackdays in the past, and have really valued experimenting with new technology and getting to know our colleagues better. However, we’d also found that our previous hackdays had been a bit tech-focused.  Whilst we’d tried to seize the opportunity for developers to teach others about what they were doing, […]

Hamilton are delighted to be BETT Award finalists.

Hamilton, working with White October, are shortlisted finalists in the Early Years Digital Content category for their work on the Celebrations Cross-Curricular Topic. In Celebrations, Hamilton’s NEW Topic for Reception, children learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, they discover the different ways we […]

Double gold for White October team

You’re quite right, yes, we’re really proud to be design winners – a double gold in fact – with Oxford Analytica’s Daily Brief and the Let’s Talk FGM app with Oxford Health. Congratulations to the teams working on both projects. The London Design Awards celebrate the creativity and courage of those who are leading the […]

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 […]

Handling uploads with App Engine and webapp2

I’ve been developing a prototype with Google App Engine, webapp2 and Python for a few weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it. That said, some things have taken a bit more digging to work out.  This blog post is an attempt to explain one of those areas that I think could do with a bit […]

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