Category Archives: Web development

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 […]

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 […]

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