Work Smarter Not Harder

At the moment, endjin are working hard on a new Azure based content management system. It is an exciting and modern solution that is rapidly approaching an alpha release. A large part of how this product works is through the use of plugins. As part of creating an excellent developer experience, we wanted to create […]


Equipping a kick-ass meeting room for less than £1500

by Howard van Rooijen

Everyone knows that having a good working environment makes for a happier and more productive team. My first pet project for 2014 was to kit out our new meeting room and turn it into a collaboration and meeting space that we use on a daily basis for solution design & pairing sessions, conference calls with […]


Xamarin lets you develop iOS applications using Visual Studio. This is obviously great for .NET Developers except that you currently have to go to Xcode (Apple’s Developer tool) if you want to create the UI using a designer tool. When you’ve got a Xamarin.iOS project, that means switching back and forth between the two IDEs. [...]


Windows Run Commands for Developers

by Pascal Arnould

The other day I wanted to bring up the Windows “Program and Features” panel using the run command (Win+R or just start typing in the Start screen in Win 8). Something I’ve done countless number of times in the past. For some reason, I had a complete blank and couldn’t recall what that particular command was. So I thought it would be good to have a couple of tips and some of the most useful run commands for Developers (and everybody else) in one place [...]


RavenDB in the Cloud

by Matthew Adams

We’ve been building some content-managed websites recently (this one, for instance). We needed a storage solution, and, as with many other document-centric applications, a document-orientated database is really what we want – something that lets us read, write and query document-structured data (1). With Microsoft Windows Azure you have a bunch of different storage options available. Key/Value Pair data […]


Day 1: PowerShell, BDD and Git

by Mike Larah

  So the first real work started yesterday afternoon with an introduction to PowerShell. Since all new employees are required to sign up to variety of web services (Office 365, YouTrack, GitHub, WordPress, TeamCity, IPCop), it would save time to write a script to automate this on-boarding process. Starting with YouTrack, by using the web […]


An Omega Geek’s Guide to Learning PowerShell

by Howard van Rooijen

In the last 12 months we’ve been doing quite a lot of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) projects helping teams setup Continuous Delivery processes. One of the tenets of Continuous Delivery is “Automate Everything” – which has been a core part of my “work smarter, not harder” ethic for a number of years. The technology that […]


Large productivity gains can be made by adopting a “Convention over Configuration” (CoC) approach when designing new solution architectures. To harness the full power of the Convention over Configuration approach, the development team must take a holistic approach by examining the ceremony required at every stage within the Software Development Life Cycle. In a previous […]


Work Smarter, Not Harder

by Howard van Rooijen

The simplest definition of my mantra of  “work smarter, not harder” is: Using your intellect, skills, established patterns, tools and a fundamental understanding of the problem space to create an elegant solution, instead of a purely brute force approach. So many people jump straight into trying to solve a problem without actually trying to understand […]