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  • Making the news...

    Yesterday was a good day for Web Services as we not only launched the first of our 'new external website' projects but we've released the first application built using Scrum. The publishing system for our news articles/press releases has been...

  • Plug it in, plug it in (with WordPress)

    With apologies to Bassment Jaxx... Anyway. So we've been doing lots of WordPress development in preparation for the relaunch of our news system. One of the big reasons we picked WordPress was the plugin API and it's turned out to...

  • Scrum is scrummy

    We have now been using Scrum to manage our projects for a couple of months, and my experience is that it has completely transformed the way we work.  It has resulted in more communication and collaboration between team members, and...

  • Using WordPress for news

    We've recently started a new project to overhaul the system powering the University's news pages. The old system is powered by a desktop XML editing package called XMLmind, the new system will be powered by WordPress (mind that capital P!)....

  • Being a SCRUM Member

    In SCRUM there's an essential role that has to be fulfilled by someone who can't partake in the work tasks from a project. They are called the SCRUM Master. That isn't to say that the SCRUM Master doesn't have tons...

  • Fun with Scrum

    In the last couple of months we have started to use Scrum to manage our development projects. If you are within earshot of our office you will hear people using words like 'Sprint', 'Backlog', 'Velocity' and 'Impediment'. People have new...

  • Deploying Struts2

    Hello and Happy New Year to you all! As a followup to Kelvin's post on the topic, I thought I'd expand on some of the trials and tribulations we had adopting a new Java framework. We've been developing all our...

  • A year in Bath...

    As colleagues are packing up and leaving to start the Christmas break I thought I would reflect on my first year with Web Services at Bath... In many ways 2008 feels like the year we got our house in order....

  • Repurposing print graphics for the web

    As part of the latest sprint for the online prospectus, we looked at the possibility of reusing the Course Structure diagrams that are part of the printed brochure. As the old adage goes, a picture paints a thousand words (and...

  • Testing controllers with Struts2

    We started using Struts 2 for the first time in our eProspectus project. In fact we're using Hibernate/JPA+Spring+Struts2. To me, one of the most obvious advantages that Struts 2 gave us was the ability to unit test our controllers. Before...