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You WILL use LetsEncrypt. StartSSL certs invalid overnight.

“You WILL use LetsEncrypt.”
A client recently complained a securely hosted widget was loading without styling (stylesheet not loading). Seemed to look fine in both Chrome and Firefox.

Then I updated to the most recent version of Firefox, and I could see the issue in all its glory. A hard refresh in Chrome also surfaced the issue – presumably clearing out any cert related caching. Continue reading You WILL use LetsEncrypt. StartSSL certs invalid overnight.

Setup your own private docker based continuous delivery pipeline… for free!

Now Docker for Mac is production ready, developing docker based applications has never been easier. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a local, CI and production environment, all powered by docker, and enabled to support continuous delivery. The aim is to complete this all within 30 mins. Ready? You’ll need the following ingredients. Continue reading Setup your own private docker based continuous delivery pipeline… for free!

Accessing your development server on a mobile device

A common setup in a web development team is to have a shared local development box, which is usually located on a private local area network. Whilst this setup has previously worked well, with the shift of consumer activity to mobile devices well underway, a big problem with this workflow has surfaced itself: how do we develop/test on mobile devices? Continue reading Accessing your development server on a mobile device

My DIY SEO success story – MySalaryCalculator

UPDATE 2013: This is actually more like a success, failure, then success story – teaching us all to NEVER rely solely on SE traffic. Read the updated version here.

Having just realised the last time I updated this blog was eight months ago, I feel the need to make a post; and what better way to do it than explaining my absence from it. Well folks, this is my story about MySalaryCalculator.co.uk – where quite a bit of my spare time has been spent for the past while.

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How to get a job as a web developer

There is one golden rule to finding a career in web development: get experience.

Web development can be a rewarding career choice, although getting your foot in the door is not always easy, especially in the current climate. As a result of the weakened economy, it could be said that less opportunities have been available to people hoping to get into web development. Companies now require personnel that can hit the ground running, and that are well seasoned with web technologies, even for a junior role.

So, just how do you get the experience, if you don’t have experience?

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