Screenshot of RentMe Homepage

I’ve just moved to New Zealand and have been poking around various websites to get an idea of rental prices and the kind of places you can rent in Wellington. One of the main websites for finding rental properties in…

(Living) Styleguide Driven Development

When building Blackwell’s new eBook platform, I wanted to implement a living styleguide to make the CSS maintainable over the project’s lifetime. Check it out here. You can navigate through the patterns using the navigation on the left. As an…

Photo montage of open heart

Since the internet is awash with listicle’s I thought I’d give it a go. I hope you enjoy my top five tips on managing a development team. (I toyed with the idea of titling this “I wrote a blog post about…

Why estimates are always wrong

I estimate that most estimates are wrong by around 25%, which means that by that logic most estimates are actually wrong by about 31%. I would bet that almost every project that developers work on have estimates that make deadlines…

Over The Air Hack - Terf

Last week was the Over The Air Conference/Hack held at the famous Bletchley Park (where the code breaking during WW2 happened). I went down with a few of my workmates from Blackwell’s where I’d only just started working a few…

Sniffing out a smelly project

Recently I worked on a project which went awry in the early stages. When I say “awry”, I mean that after several weeks it suddenly became clear that we weren’t as far along in the project as we thought we…

Labs Posts I've Written For Specialmoves

Specialmoves Labs is a place where Specialmovers (we don’t really call ourselves that) can write about stuff they’ve been working on or thinking about. I’ve written a few posts which I thought I’d collate here. The most recent is first….

Sexism in language & teh interwebs

I’ve been having a few discussions/arguments about sexism in language recently. It’s a tricky subject to discuss because it touches on a wide variety of issues such as the role of language in society, the evolution of language and the…

Photo of search from Monster.com

At Specialmoves we’re simplifying the job titles of our developers. We used to have a mish-mash of titles like “Interactive Developer”, “Flash Developer”, “Backend Developer”, “.NET Developer” and “Frontend Developer”. Now we’ve just going to have “Developer”. It might not seem…

Who made the net? A new HTML5 microformat with answers.

If you watch a film, listen to music (if you have the inlay), go to the theatre or read a book, it’s generally easy to find out who was involved in making that thing happen. Websites creators however are practically…