The DevOps mindset is at the core of how we maintain a robust infrastructure here at Judopay, and we’re always on the lookout for anything that can improve our existing toolset.
With that in mind, we have recently looked at the Concourse CI system as a possible continuous integration/build server. The product looks very strong, but documentation for installing is sparse as it’s still in its infancy, so we thought we’d go through some detail and gotchas here for anyone else thinking of giving it a try. read more
What hardware should you give a developer? The answer is, it depends. Below is an overview of what we’ve invested in and why it’s important to us.
‘Aaarghh – why are they asking me for all this, all I want is to pay!’
I am often heard growling something along those lines (swearing omitted), when I try to complete a payment from my phone.
As the UX lead at Judopay, when faced with poor checkout experiences – that, I some years ago might have accepted as the painful way of things – now invoke similar reactions in me as when my older relatives are having ‘computer problems’, blood pressure included. read more
Judo participated at Xamarin Evolve this year in Orlando. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin, this space has gotten hotter so we decided to be in the midst of the action and leverage the hard work we have done thus far on this platform. Below I interview Janice and Luke, who represented judo at Evolve, to capture their thoughts from the event.
What did you think of the Keynote?
Luke: I really enjoyed it, I think it just shows the strength of the platform that, even with Build a month earlier lifting the veil on a lot of .NET news and Xamarin’s big bombshell for the year, they had a lot to talk about. I liked Miguel’s presentation better but that’s just cause he got to hand out all the developer goodies.
Janice: I thought it was a really well structured delivered keynote, it set the tone for the rest of the conference, strengthened the case for cross-platform native development, and addressed the implications of the recent acquisition head on. The whole theme of end-to-end DevOps lifecycle management gave context and framed the new features announcement nicely. Also, the slides were beautiful, big kudos to their design team, I was mesmerised by the color palette!
After launching in the US last year, Android Pay™ is finally coming to the UK. It has enormous potential to make 2016 a very significant year for mobile payments. Android has a 51.9 %* market share in the UK which means millions of Android users will now be able to pay for things quickly and securely with just a single tap, whether in-store or in-app.
This summer, I came across an opportunity to write my first SDK, so I leapt at it. As developers, there is something very appealing about writing software for use by other developers. It might be because of the sense of solidarity that you’ve made life easier for sisters/brothers in code, or the thrill of a backseat driver finally getting a chance at the wheel. That is until the realisation that the demographic you’re serving will also be the best equipped to critique your output, this is especially true when producing an open source repository.
So below are some lessons (some key, some trivial) that I learned while coding judo’s Xamarin SDK.
As an app developer or retailer – you have the sweetest opportunity to engage, and sell – to your loyal customer base in the coming months. Furthermore, this is the time of year to attract and retain new customers with great offers during a time of commercial frenzy.
Experts have predicted that the frenzy of Black Friday can ‘lead to the first £1bn online shopping day in the UK’. A recent survey also suggested that many shoppers have been put off by the frantic in-store shopping experience, and hence ‘only 38 per cent of Britons plan to hit the shops on Black Friday as opposed to 44 per cent last year’.
To help you get ready for the impending holiday season, we have pulled together some tips to make sure your mobile app is prepared when shoppers arrive looking for holiday deals.
Last week, James Quinn, the Group Business Editor of Telegraph Media Group, wrote that Domino’s Pizza is ‘far more valuable a digital company than any tech unicorn’ (read the full piece here). It is a good opinion piece, and we agree that Domino’s has seen major success in their investment in digital and mobile channels (we like what they did with their app, we even wrote about it here). However, it is rather concerning that one of our country’s leading business voices doesn’t seem to buy into the future of London: ‘so-called unicorn tech companies’.