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Valley Technology is hiring!

Work Monday 7th April 2008

IT Services company based in central Edinburgh seeks honours graduate with computer-related degree for wide-ranging role in software application development for business.


  • One or more of: PHP/Python/Perl/C++
  • SQL
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good communication skills

See the full job posting for more details.


Future of Web Apps

Technology,Work Wednesday 3rd October 2007

Mark, Al and myself are all in misty London for the Future of Web Apps conference which has been pretty good so far. Apart from the 4am wakeup and 6:30am flight from Edinburgh. We’ll see how long we last at the party tonight which has free adobe-sponsored beer…


Last day at Scotweb

Work Sunday 3rd June 2007

Shown below is my haul of presents from all the fantastic people I’m no longer working with at Scotweb. The frame at the back is an awesome Scotweb Instant Gift for a Kilt, for me! I’ve been in Scotland now for nearly eight years so I don’t think I’ll lynched for wearing one.

I worked at Scotweb for almost three years, and it has been great fun, I’ve met a lot of really great people and hopefully made some friendships that will survive us not working together. In my last thirty minutes of employment I quickly gathered some random stats from my time at Scotweb:

  • I created approximately 2 Gb of data. Graphics, scripts, source code etc
  • I resolved 2052 bugs in our Mantis bug tracking system
  • I put 226 bugs into the system
  • I may have eaten more than 150 slices of cake as part of our Friday meetings
  • I got to love using an Apple Mac

The best of luck to everyone at Scotweb, especially Doug who has taken over from me as Web & Database Developer.

I Have A New Job

Work Friday 30th March 2007

After two years and nine months at Scotweb as a Web Developer I have handed in my notice. I have been offered a job at Valley Technology as a PHP Application Developer. It’s a step up professionally and would lead to more exposure to a wider variety of clients and development processes. They’re currently based in Leith but by the time I start (my notice period is two months) they will have moved to shiny new offices in the centre of town. This will be an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started at Valley Tech.


Did You Mean?

Work Monday 19th December 2005

At work Sandy recently implemented Google-esque “did you mean?” results on our site search. It’s pretty neat.


The Heated Mouse

Me,Technology,Work Monday 24th October 2005

We’re often joking at work about how cold it is. Maybe this is the answer: The Heated Mouse.


Mac T-Shirts

Design,Technology,Work Thursday 13th October 2005
spinner shirt

I know I’m becoming a total mac-geek when I like t-shirts with mac GUI widgets on them. At work I use a mac while at home I’m in PC/Windows land. I have to say, there are more elements of OS X that I’d like in Windows rather than vice-versa.

The shopping cart system over on is also awesomely cool and the UI is instantly useable to mac users.


Local W3C HTML Validator

Technology,Work Thursday 18th August 2005

We got annoyed at the slowness of the W3C HTML validator today, so I looked around for instructions on installing a local version. As usual the Apple Developer Connection has a very good article on installing and setting up a local validator. It’s much faster with it being local plus its, like, more extreme.

Design,Work Sunday 14th August 2005

We did some “extreme” programming at work the other day and manged to re-design in a single day(ish). This wasn’t technically extreme programming but hey, it makes our geeky jobs sound much more active and well, eXtreme. It was nice change for the team to focus on a single project for a whole day.


Successful Strategies for Commenting Code

Technology,Work Tuesday 2nd August 2005

This is a nice article over on particle tree about code commenting strategies. We should do more of this at work.