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Hiring PHP Developers – Silicon MilkRoundAbout

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In my capacity as Head of Tech at StylistPick, the onus falls on to me to ever expand our technical team to meet our needs. Problem is – I need really good PHP Developers! Where are they?! I have spoken to several people about the plight of hiring really good PHP Developers lately and it seems that there is a real industry problem at the moment. One problem is that I see a distinct different between web developers and real PHP Developers as do a lot of people. (Funnily enough I have blogged about people who can’t differentiate between the two before… http://kirstiehaxby.com/development/the-plight-of-the-php-developer). I have adapted my view since I wrote this post – it was a bit reactionary to a current project I was working on and now I’m not, my true vision comes forward. I think it’s so important to have a broad range of knowledge as we are usually within some kind of front facing environment. I myself am currently using Magento heavily and need to know a lot of web technologies very well. Here it comes, wait for it; BUT: PHP in itself is vast and to master it (if you reckon you have completely – this is a whole other blog post!) even just enough to do a good job, you really should know a bit more than your average web developer….To do that, you must spend a good proportion of your time devoted to backend tech. Read More

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PHP UK Conference 2011

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Well it’s that time of year again where the UK’s PHP Developers descend on Islington Business Design Centre for the day to hear about the latest trends, technologies and hopefully expand some knowledge.

I was celebrating my new job title (Head of Technology for StylistPick.com) so was a bit late unfortunately… So I missed the keynote speech which was a bit annoying as I was looking forward to seeing Marco Tabini talk for the first time. Never mind!! I turned up in time for the first talk which I selected purely to see how PHP Developers see Mobile Development. Read More

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Implementing Agile – part 1

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Sooooooooooo! You want to implement Agile ja?

Ok first step, are we really aware of what is Agile, why is Agile right for me, how do I get my company/team on board and how do I make it fit our company?

In step 1 we are going to deal with: What is Agile? Read More

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The importance of rest….

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Many developers these days are asked, feel they need to or told they have to work ridonkulous (thanks Nat, I love this word!) hours. Most of the time, this is because the company must pull together at times of need, or your start up company is getting off the ground and you can’t afford a full team of people yet. In fact most of the time, you actually want to really pull out all the stops and deliver your project. This is not a bad thing and hard work is very character building, but the problem comes sooner or later where you just burn out…. Read More

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A developer’s New Year’s plea

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Another year is over and how hard we’ve all worked,
Feature after feature released and not much borked.
The past year was in ways rather a triumph,
Lots of code submitted and not too much gumph.
But it is that time when you make you wishes,
So please here mine while you all share new year kisses.

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