Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Have you ever worked with a developer who knows everything? The one who does a bit of tinkering in the evenings and weekends, and when the rest of the team come in, they can’t find anything in the code? Yes, it’s a bit neater, but it’s a lot more broken, because it’s less readable, because … More Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Developers are Users Too : Why the User Experience of Your API sucks #yourapisucks

Many thanks to those of you who came along to my talk on why your API sucks. There were some great discussions during and after, and I hope I’ll be seeing slightly fewer reasons to tear my hair out in the near future. A few things that people mentioned that I want to discuss again, … More Developers are Users Too : Why the User Experience of Your API sucks #yourapisucks

Excellent Export, IE and Security

Following on from supporting large Client-side spreadsheets in Chrome, I’ve extended my pull request to also support IE, which uses its own proprietary Javascript method. Because, Microsoft. And all was good with the world. Until a Microsoft update broke HTML-formatted XLS files. Because, Microsoft. If you support XLS downloads on your site, and your users … More Excellent Export, IE and Security

Excellent Export and the Chrome URL limit

One key difference between junior and senior developers is that when they encounter a bug, senior developers are much more likely to blame themselves before others, because experience moves you up the Dunning-Kruger curve. I was given a bug report recently where Chrome was unable to download a particular spreadsheet, and IE didn’t work either. … More Excellent Export and the Chrome URL limit