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Over the Air is a 36 hour event held at the home of codebreaking, Bletchley Park. The event is really friendly and a fantastic low key way to find out about new things happening with mobile, web and all related areas.
Postcode Atlas, the mapping GIS application we created in conjuction with the XYZ Maps, has won an award at the recent International Map Industry Association (IMIA) awards held in Leuven, Belgium on Friday 17th May.
Our app won a silver award in the Best Digital Data Product category. We narrowly lost out for gold to HarperCollins with their Atlas for iPad app, which is well worth a look if you haven’t seen it.
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It is important to validate data entered by users both from a programming point of view and a good user experience. If we do not validate the values then we have to handle invalid data in logic later on, which is often more work, to avoid bugs and issues. For the end user this will impact them when using the app as they will then have navigate back from what they are now doing in order to edit and correct the invalid data. Validating the value at the point of entry and giving meaningful error messages also helps the user by cutting down on simple typing mistakes.
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Early on, when we were creating our initial business plan, Steve and I agreed we wanted to keep building a couple of projects of our own each year. We also agreed that outside of our technical fields of expertise we did not know very much, so we needed to partner with companies that had the expertise we lacked. This is the story of the first partnership.
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Drupalcon London was my first real engagement with the Drupal community in person, up to now it had all been online. On boarding the early train down to Croydon for the first day I wondered what it was going to be like. Would it be low key and like a hack day or a very professional event like a big company conference. In fact once I had arrived and settled in it was somewhere between the two. The setting, speakers, materials and organisation were professional and top notch, but there was also the opportunity to beanbag down in a corner and get into the coding zone if you wanted to.