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Ben Barden

Change in Technology

I like change. Actually – I love it. I get bored when nothing changes. It’s partly why I do what I do. I’ve been coding for years, as I can be in control of what gets done – and how it gets done. More recently, I’ve been managing a team of developers, giving help and direction with what needs to be done. Read More

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Setting up Twig in Laravel

Re-posted from my old blog This week, I have been mostly trying… Laravel. Trying a new PHP framework raises a few questions. What coding style does it use? How do you build models? What do templates look like? When trying Laravel for the first time, I wasn’t keen on the Blade templating engine. So I decided to look for… Read More

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UX 101: hit Enter to submit

Usability testing is something I do a lot. Whether I’m testing what my technical team has built, or I’m using a website or app for the first time, I have some expectations when it comes to how the application behaves. I’ve found there can be quite big differences between how the front-end of a site works, and how the admin… Read More

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Gmail encourages us to hold onto emails we no longer need

Having emptied the trash folder in Gmail (or the “Bin” in the UK version), I was greeted with the following message: No conversations in the Bin. Who needs to delete when you have so much storage?! I don’t understand how having a lot of storage justifies never deleting anything. By deleting things you really don’t need, you won’t approach storage limits… Read More

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