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Together, but remote

Working from home might be a dream or a nightmare depending on whom you ask. Many companies offer you a mix of being remote and attending the office, but not everyone can do it. I was first introduced to home working at my job in London. There were vigorous policies...
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Perks of being a social tester

If you have been testing a while you may have worked in a Waterfall method. You may have tested for few weeks from the test scripts and then written test scripts for a few weeks. It would be a solo process that would bring unhappiness and boredom. This is no...
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A summer of Android Wear

The smartwatch market is really heating up with Google's Android Wear on the rise and Apple Watch making its debut earlier this year. Of course “smart watches” have been around for decades, with the first digital watch appearing in 1972 and, over the past couple of years, devices such as...
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Automating project setup using Slack and NodeJS

One of the most tedious parts of a developer's or project manager's life is setting up a new project, you have to: Create your git repository (we use bitbucket here at Technology Studio towers) Create azure websites to deploy your dev and live sites to Create a teamcity project, integrate...
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Running Machine.Spec tests as part of your Xamarin development

Recently I've started to write more and more of my unit tests with Machine.Specs, for more information on Machine.Specs see their Github readme here. I much prefer it over alternatives such as NUnit as it enforces a Arrange-Act-Assert pattern within your tests, forces you to split your tests...
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Using smartwatches

Several of us in The Technology Studio office now own a smartwatch. One of us has an LG G-Watch Urbane, another has an Apple Watch and I’m wearing Motorola’s Moto360. With the next generation of Android Wear smartwatches due to hit the market very soon and the Apple...
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The definitive answer to the “Hamburger menu” debate

There are many opinion pieces circulating on the internet around the effectiveness of the hamburger menu. Some tell us that it’s bad practice and should be canned / shunned, others tell us it’s OK and it even became the subject of an April Fool by Jakob Nielsen. Only one...
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Bouncy button Xamarin component

I've just had my second Xamarin component accepted into the Xamarin component store so thought I would write a quick blog post about it. The component is snappishly entitled "Bouncy button" and can be found here. It pretty much does as you'd expect, gives your UIButtons a bounce on touch...
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Uploading your iOS DYSM to Xamarin Insights using grunt - follow-up

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post on uploading your iOS app's dysm to Xamarin Insights, you can find the original blog post here. That blog post contained a gist to zip and upload the compressed dysm file to Xamarin Insights. I've now created a grunt task...
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Firebase - My New Favorite Toy

Allow me to sing Firebase's praise for a second. Firebase is a service that allows you to, in their words, "focus on your users". It is a tool that combines data storage with user authentication, and basically takes most of the hassle out of creating the backend of a website....
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Using Gulp and Karma to test a jQuery Plugin

After playing around with gulp and seeing the various things it can do, I decided it was about time I integrated it in with the jQuery plugin I have developed; and am still developing. This article is going to assume you have used gulp before and have basic understanding as...
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Line spacing label in Xamarin Forms

One of the limitations of the Label control in Xamarin Forms is that it's missing a line spacing property. On one of our most recent Forms projects we needed to specify differing line spacing on some labels so I've put together a few code samples to save you time on...
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Uploading your iOS DYSM to Xamarin Insights using grunt

I recently wrote a blog article about building and uploading Xamarin forms builds to Hockey app using grunt (see it here). Having recently started using Xamarin Insights in a number of projects I'm going to blog about uploading your iOS app's dysm using grunt. What's the DYSM and why do...
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Vector Image View in Xamarin Forms

We've just completed our first Xamarin Forms project here at The Technology Studio and I wanted to share some of the cool things we learnt/created along the way (so stay tuned!). One of the controls we needed for the project was a Vector Image view. The advantage of using...
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You are not your users

Market research. Most people are familiar with the term these days and many people know what it means. It’s a technique businesses use to gauge demand for their products and services; it’s used to find out what customers need. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as: “Noun: The action...
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User Groups

7 Quick Tips to Create User Groups

Finding and networking with the right people is every business challenge. When I ran my own company 5 years ago, I spent time vigorously going to events twice a week and following up with people afterwards. Sometimes I loved it and sometimes I hated it, but we were getting business...
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Building and Uploading a Xamarin Forms solution using Grunt

Project setup can sometimes be the most difficult task of a project, technical decisions have to be made, user stories have to be created in your issue management system, documentation has to be written and your continuous integration project has to be setup. When you're building a mobile app your...
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The Future of the JavaScript front-end framework

Are you suffering from JavaScript framework fatigue? Maybe you’re wondering if all the time and effort you’re putting into learning the latest and greatest is ever going to pay off, not only in terms of knowledge and experience, but also in real life — in your day job. In...
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Looking for developer ideally with web and / or mobile experience (located anywhere)

At The Technology Studio and our sister company Earthware, we don’t really do job specs; they are usually too boring and read like a shopping list. We want to hear directly from talented and passionate developers who may not exactly fit what (we think) we are looking for. This...
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Deploying your SPA to Azure with Gulp

This question keeps coming up from time to time, and while it may not always be the same front-end, this tutorial should at least get you going on the right path getting your build automated with Azure. Who knows, it may work for you - hopefully it does! OK, so...
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Check out our new Device Lab!

It was September last year when I first heard about Open Device Lab at the TestHuddle Eurostar webinar. It sounded like a really great idea because as a tester I spent hours charging devices, setting up networks, taking screenshots etc. Why not have all the devices stored in one place,...
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Meet the Newbies!

They’ve been with us for over a month, but we haven’t taken the time to introduce them to you. Better late than never, meet Georgina Wardell and John Day. Georgina Wardell Account Manager – The Technology Studio Georgina Wardell joins The Technology Studio and brings to the team 6...
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Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch is all about user tasks

I recently gained some first-hand experience of how Apple Watch is going to work at SyncTheCity which took place in Norwich between the 20th and 22nd November. My team's (better known as 'Team Awesome') pitch was to design an app for the sports edition of Apple’s upcoming smartwatch. The...
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#SyncTheCity - Norwich's first 54 hour 'Not-Hackathon'

With it being a week and a half since the event, I thought it was about time I actually wrote about SyncTheCity! For those that don't know, it was an event joint hosted by the University of East Anglia and SyncNorwich, in which a startup is formed and a product...
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Fly-through effect iOS View Controller transitions with Xamarin

A recent project I worked on involved creating a showcase iPad app that would impress users with creative animations and transitions between screens. We were inspired by Callum Boddy’s Twitter-style splash view. We wanted to achieve a similar effect in our own app: tapping on a button would trigger...
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Razor Views in Xamarin

The Razor View Engine is not a new thing. Having been released in 2011, it has been a core feature in many a developer's toolbox, as it is more flexible than using the .ASPX markup, as well as having that all important feature no developer can live without: Intellisense. It...
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Mobile Testing: Top Things Checklist

Mobile testing may look similar to browser testing but in reality it differs in more than one way. Estimation of mobile testing can become quite complex as each website / app tends to behave differently. Here are a list of things that you should look out for. Usability The audience wants...
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Mobile Testing Tools

Mobile Testing: Tools to make it easy

Thorough testing requires you to test on a mix of devices and software and the possible combinations of these are almost endless. Add to this the idea that although automated testing tools are great for desktop website, when it comes to testing mobile devices a manual / ad hoc approach is...
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Mobile Testing: Why test and how to decide what to test?

Have you been assigned the task to test your website / app on ‘all’ mobile devices (i.e. phones and tablets), but you don’t know where to start? Then this and the following two posts will be perfect for you! Why would you want to test on mobile devices? It...
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TestExpo

Our view on TestExpo 2014, London

On Tuesday (Oct 21st) Sogeti UK and Unicom ran a really successful and well attended TextExpo 2014 at the Hotel Russell, London. The event attracted sponsorship and speakers from a number of specialist testing companies from around the UK as well as overseas which gave the day a good feel...
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Mobile Devices

Our first impression of Xamarin Test Cloud

Testing for mobile is a minefield. You can be targeting multiple frameworks and then multiple devices within any one of these frameworks. You have the extra variability contributed by the technologies you choose to write your app. For Android alone, there has been considerable device fragmentation. Some reports suggest that...
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Google Glass continued..

Normally, writing the exact same program twice would be discouraged by management, for obvious reasons. Not so at The Technology Studio, where having written an app for Google Glass using the native Android tools, I was instructed to write the same app in C#, still to be run on Glass....
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Okay Glass, let’s get started

When you receive an email offering a summer of being paid to play with Google Glass, you eagerly accept. It was in awe that I first tried the Glass, knowing it was mine to toy with (insurance permitting). It took a little getting used to; I realised I had no...
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SyncHerts Launch event – sponsored by The Technology Studio

Yesterday SyncHerts held its launch event in the Business and Technology Centre Stevenage. Our vision is that SyncHerts becomes a thriving technology community and enables local business growth in Hertfordshire.  We were delighted by both the number of people who attended the inaugural event and also with the level of...
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The Technology Studio Comment on Microsoft Surface for Pf Magazine!

The Technology Studio director Chris Finch was recently approached by leading healthcare publication Pharmaceutical Field to comment on the launch of the Microsoft Surface. Available to read in this month’s copy of the magazine, Chris’ article outlines how, in his opinion, the Microsoft Surface could have a huge impact...
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Welcome Bunny - what's your view?

Here at The Technology Studio we like to play around with new technology, and imagine how it can be applied to make life easier, faster or more fun.  However... we have recently developed something that has split the team. Imagine this; when a client (or anyone else) visits your office,...
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Building an Html and JavaScript Based Windows 8 Metro Application

My name is Mark, I am 23 and I am the latest developer at The Technology Studio. This blog post aims to give you a basic understanding of the development of metro style applications using Microsoft's new JavaScript and html framework. The main advantages of using the framework are immediately...
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More awards for GoLearnTo!

We are delighted that the website we’ve been involved in developing for the past 5 years GoLearnTo.com continues to go from strength to strength and this year has been nominated for no less than 3 British Travel Awards. The categories are: 1) Online tour operator of the year...
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How does the current Life Sciences digital marketing landscape look?

  As we engage in more and more projects in the healthcare sector we are constantly keeping an eye on the way the digital marketing landscape develops. Of course, many of our clients operate in other sectors (and for many of them online is their main marketing channel), so it...
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Gadgets and Gizmos blogs about Pufferfish and the Eye of Sauron

Thanks to Richard Sharp at Gadgets and Gizmos who wrote a great blog article about us being at The Gadget Show Live. He wrote … “Neil from Earthware admitted that the ‘Eye’ is really just a party piece and not what the puffersphere was built for. It’s actually a high...
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A boy's own guide to building a giant creepy eyeball that follows you round the room

You will need: 1 x PC (which I assume you already have) 1 x Microsoft Kinect (about £120) 1 x Puffersphere (worth quite a lot, but you can hire them from Pufferfish) Total cost: more than a few week’s pocket money… There was a lot of excitement in the...
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GoLearnTo website design gets an update

The award winning GoLearnTo website has had a design update recently and we think it looks great – even if we do say so ourselves! After some market research GoLearnTo decided that their website needed to be more focused on their target demographic. In addition they wanted to widen the site...
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New Bizspace site proves that getting SEO, usability and a professional design working together is what counts

We were recently approached by Bizspace to completely redesign (in their words!) their old, tired and basic website! Their previous site was falling well below par on all three of the most important things that a website needs to get right… SEO (Search engine optimisation) Unfortunately the site was built...
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Windows Phone 7-Shake It Like You Mean It!

Shake Gesture Library Now Available   When developing applications for Windows Phone 7 you have access to vast amounts of information about the device through its sensors. One of these is the accelerometer  which can give you information on where the device is moving within 3D space, this can...
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Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit–February 2011

A refresh to the Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone was released a few days ago which contained along with a few bug fixes some cool new features: TiltEffect Gives you the ability use an attached property to apply a cool tilt animation to most UI Elements. PerformanceProgressBar A highly performant...
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Pharmaceutical Humour ?!?

As I am sure you will be aware from our site we have lots of friends and clients in the pharmaceutical industry and one of our best friends (who will remain nameless to protect the guilty) sent this joke through this morning. Here’s the joke …. The British Medical Association...
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13 questions for a better website

Our solution to a common problem for Web Developers At The Technology Studio we have lost count of the number of times we’ve been approached by potential clients with a brief that consists of nothing more than “we need a website – how much will it cost”! Even the better...
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Creating Striking Mapping Applications On Windows Phone 7 Using Bing Maps and CloudMade

After presenting at the Bing Maps User Group recently in which i discussed how to implement a custom mapping tile layer using the Deep Earth Silverlight control (http://deepearth.codeplex.com) and the Cloudmade mapping service (http://www.cloudmade.com) I began thinking about using this method to create a...
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Commercial Property - Using Prezi to present our credentials

As we have previously mentioned (throughout our site) is that we know a bit about commercial property in the UK.  With NovaLoca being one of our websites and having grown from being nothing to the second biggest commercial property search engine in the UK with nearly 100,000 visitors...
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Uncharted Territory

A recent ASP MVC 3 project has required us to create some simple charts. As it’s a .NET 4 project we hoped to use the lovely new charting controls provided by Microsoft. You can read all about them in Scott Guthrie’s blog here and as you can see...
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