Why Windows 10 is not bad thing

Microsoft have announced that their new operating system, Windows 10, should be ready for release later in 2015.  If history is to be repeated, we can look forward to new machines being shipped with it in August, and the general public can get their hands on it in October; which is what happened with Windows […]

Bug reports bugging me

In my life I’m no different to any other developer.  I make mistakes from time to time, and others around me make them too.  As a result, I occasionally get allocated some bugs to fix, either ones I’ve just managed to make myself, or long standing ones which have just been found.  Bugs are annoying […]

XML is your friend

I’ve been working a lot recently with data import and exports between systems.  Obviously different systems have a variety of ways they can export data, and some even have multiple ways of importing data, but none of them seem to have a standard type for the file data.  In recent weeks I have worked with: […]

The importance of valid HTML

The need for standards compliant HTML is documented all over the internet with the primary reason of speed and cross browser compatibility.  There are, after all, reasons the standards have been created.  The idea behind them is that you can take the code which is fully standards compliant and run it in any browser and […]

Are error messages evil?

A colleague of mine posted a question to us developers for our input.  They had read an article on LinkedIn which stated the following, and asked for our thoughts: Error messages punish people for not behaving like machines. It is time we let people behave like people. When a problem arises, we should call it machine error, […]