James Mead by James Mead

Week 277

Suitably reinvigorated after the Bank Holiday, we resumed work on the FutureLearn video project. Chris got a fix in place for the annoying Internet Explorer web font problem and we made good progress on fixing a bunch of other browser-specific issues. By Friday we felt confident that the video player was in a good enough state so that we’re now showing it to a subset of users. It feels really good to have finally got something “live”.

We’ve noticed that James A over at Exciting has been hard at work making improvements to Harmonia. The new calendar integration works really nicely. The way it adds [DONE] to the calendar event titles and cancels the alert is a nice touch. Although we don’t really make use of it, I also like the way the calendar event attachments are displayed in Gmail. Keep up the good work, James!

On Wednesday, George from GrantTree (just around the corner on Hewett Street) popped round to chat to us about R&D tax credits. It’s useful to know a bit about how these work so that we can make use of them if and when we do some more work on our own products.

On Friday, Chris and I took half an hour out to watch the Is TDD dead? hangout with Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and DHH. I’m not sure I got much out of it - it was a shame the discussion didn’t involve a “mockist” TDD-er and I’d much prefer them to focus on some code examples rather than talking so much in the abstract.

Anyway, I’m finally up-to-date with the week notes. Huzzah!

– James.

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