Iris Faraway

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  • Making our Slackbot open source

    Back in November, I blogged about writing a Slackbot for our team to provide editorial guidance on request. We recently decided to make the bot open source. You can now see all the code on Github. A very brief introduction...

  • A day in the life of a developer

    This is the first in a 'Day in the Life' series for the different roles in the Digital team. If you've ever wondered what our team gets up to on an average day, or what it's like to work in a...

  • Adding a state machine to a Rails application

    We recently implemented a state machine in the Content Publisher. While this isn't a change many people will notice, it does lay the foundation for further improvements which we hope will benefit our users. This work also contributed to my ongoing...

  • Progressive enhancement and team memberships

    We recently shipped some changes to how we order team members in our Team Profile content type. These improvements came in several stages, each building on the last, so this seemed like a good opportunity to talk about progressive enhancement. What...

  • Making a Slackbot for editorial guidance

    In the Digital build team, we have two hours every Wednesday to work on our own personal development. I recently spent a few of these sessions making my own Slackbot. A slack-what? Slack is a messaging application designed for work teams. We've used it...

  • Work hard, bake hard

    The Great British Bake Off is popular in our team, probably because our team is composed of humans. So, of course, we have enforced fun to go with it. We call it the 'sweepbake' or 'sweepsbake' (opinions are divided on the...

  • What I've learned in my first few weeks as a developer

    A little over two weeks ago, I started a new job in the Digital team as a Junior Developer. While this job is new to me, the team isn't – I first joined in January 2014 as a Content Producer....