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  1. Favicon Callender Creates

    [Blog] Callender Creates: Learning to code in Schools

    You don’t have to be a genius to learn how to code, you have to be determined.

    My first computer, and my first coding was done on a Commodore 64 in circa 1984.

    Now, as a parent I am keen for kids in schools to have the confidence to embrace web design and development techniques and languages.

    Thankfully, in the UK we have some fantastic nationwide after school clubs, like Code Club, led by passionate local volunteers (often mums or dads themselves now) in primary schools.

    The mission of Code Club is to give every child in the world the chance to learn to code by providing project materials and a volunteering framework.

    Code Club run a variety of web based lessons and projects that allow keen students the opportunity to embrace the building blocks of the web, by building games, and interactive applications.

    Learn by Doing

    Code Club is nurturing the next generation of developers. Code Club is a free scheme that relies on volunteers around the UK to teach children aged between 9 and 11 coding skills. Since its introduction more than 800 Code Clubs have sprung up around the country.

    “What most schools don’t teach”

    is a video starring some A-list web pioneers – Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), will.i.am (Entrepreneur & Musician), and Jack Dorsey (Twitter). They give tips and insight into the world of code and writing for the web.

    More information on learning to code online

    Jim CallenderAbout Jim Callender - Director of Callender Creates.

    Since 2003, Callender Creates have been responsible for delivering high profile sites for a variety of Award Winning Design & Marketing Agencies.

    Our Strengths are in Front-End Development and Cutting Edge Web Technologies. Services include Web Consultancy, Strategy, UX, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, and Magento.

    Need to Discuss your Next Digital Project? Contact Us

    Posted 2 March 2015, 1:56 pm

  2. Favicon Callender Creates

    [Blog] Callender Creates: Old Versus New SEO

    Search Engine Optimisation has changed greatly since the early days of table based design in the 90’s, from singular keyword density to spammy backlinks.

    This infographic highlights the differences, as well as what techniques and best practices that you should be using in your ongoing SEO and website marketing strategy. Remember, that there is no get rich quick overnight with SEO. However, your aim should be to focus on building relevant content that people want to share, on an accessible well built content management system, like WordPress or Magento.

    What SEO Used To Be Versus What SEO Is Now

    Courtesy of: http://www.quicksprout.com/2014/11/07/what-seo-used-to-be-versus-what-seo-is-now/

    Jim CallenderAbout Jim Callender - Director of Callender Creates.

    Since 2003, Callender Creates have been responsible for delivering high profile sites for a variety of Award Winning Design & Marketing Agencies.

    Our Strengths are in Front-End Development and Cutting Edge Web Technologies. Services include Web Consultancy, Strategy, UX, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, and Magento.

    Need to Discuss your Next Digital Project? Contact Us

    Posted 2 March 2015, 1:33 pm

  3. Favicon Adactio: Journal

    [Blog] Adactio: Journal: Responsive Day Out tickets tomorrow

    Tickets for the third and final Responsive Day Out go on sale at 11am tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3rd. Here’s the direct link to the ticket page.

    I recommend getting in there pretty sharpish. Tickets are less than a hundred quid, which is a steal considering the amazing line-up of speakers who will be bursting your brain with their knowledge of design, process, CSS, JavaScript, user experience, performance, accessibility, and everything else associated with responsive web design (which, let’s face it, is pretty much everything).

    Oh, and that line-up just got even better. The one and only Jason Grigsby will be speaking! If you’ve seen Jason speak before, then you know how fantastic his talks are. If you haven’t seen Jason speak before, you’re in for a real treat. I’m guessing he’ll be dropping knowledge bombs on responsive images. He’s the Jedi master when it comes to that stuff. He’s got a real knack for taking a complex subject and making it understandable …something that could be said of all the other fantastic speakers too.

    So set your calendar alarm now. Get your ticket tomorrow morning. And I’ll see you here in Brighton on Friday, June 19th for Responsive Day Out 3: The Final Breakpoint!

    Posted 2 March 2015, 11:17 am

  4. Favicon Wired Sussex Digital Media News

    [Blog] Wired Sussex Digital Media News: Great News, Teal HR are now a Growth Voucher supplier.

    Great News, Teal HR are now a Growth Voucher supplier. What does this mean to you as a SME? SME’s are being offered the chance to apply for up to £2,000 in matched funding to help finance specialist business support. Successful applicants could ...

    Posted 2 March 2015, 12:00 am

  5. Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy

    [Blog] Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy: Why aren’t we allowed to ‘delete’ any more?

    There’s a new class of apps available to business professionals, allowing us to delete emails and other electronic media for good, rather than archiving them forever. It’s an interesting concept; the ubiquitous nature of social media means that any inappropriate or unintentional communication can be beamed around the world in the blink of an eye, […]
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    Posted 27 February 2015, 5:06 pm

  6. Favicon NixonMcInnes

    [Blog] NixonMcInnes: Seven new initiatives from NixonMcInnes transformation

    Today, NixonMcInnes announces the completion of its business transformation. The company has moved from having a fixed in-house team to an associate and partner-based operating model. This has made the business much more purposeful, resilient and flexible.

    The transformation has given former employees the opportunity to spin out their own companies and initiatives from NixonMcInnes. Tom Nixon, founder said: “Almost all of our team have spun out their own companies, and I’m incredibly proud and excited to announce them today. We now have a flexible network of associates who can work alone or in collaboration with one another to serve our clients.”

    NixonMcInnes will announce further new plans for the future in Spring 2015.

    The new initiatives follow:

    45 Baker St

    Max St John, Charles Davies and Nina Timmers have decided that life’s too short to do anything that doesn’t make people happier. They’ve set up a studio in Brighton to work out how to pull our idea of work to pieces and rebuild it, bit by bit.

    BrightCultures | @brightcultures

    Danielle Sheerin and Caroline Yetman

    A unique blend of practical process and people-thinking to help you integrate social media into every aspect of your business. Wherever your organisation is on its digital journey, BrightCultures provides tailored solutions to help take it to the next level. Designing end-to-end strategies and processes to help your organisation put firm foundations in place, creating new brand experiences and developing on-going innovation.

    Built on purpose | @thoswarner

    Tom Warner

    Creating lean, meaningful software, and designing and facilitating projects to create sustainable and impactful innovation in large organisations, particularly in the area of digital product development.

    Collaboration Catalyst | @beegannaway

    Belinda Gannaway

    Helping companies get the most from social technologies by changing behaviours and creating new skills. Delivering on your goals by boosting your collaboration culture through training, coaching and introducing behaviour change tools and techniques.

    Improvising Change | @improvchange

    Matthew Matheson

    Using an improviser’s secret ingredients – listening, saying yes and commitment – to help teams innovate. Using workshops, the focus is on people, not processes.

    Meaningful Events | @MeaningfulUK

    Louise Ash

    Lovingly produced conferences, events and gatherings that have a meaningful purpose at their heart. Meaningful Events will produce the Meaning Conference for NixonMcInnes.

    Purpose Lab | @PurposeLabUK

    Jenni Lloyd

    Creating projects and interventions that explore and experiment with ways to make the businesses and organisations that serve us work better to create value for people and planet. A diverse bunch of collaborators, convened by Jenni Lloyd.

    Posted 27 February 2015, 11:56 am

  7. Favicon Wired Sussex Digital Media News

    [Blog] Wired Sussex Digital Media News: Box of Frogs Media are iKids Award Winners!

    We’re over the Giggly Moon to announce that Boj - Musical Mayhem has won Best eBook at the iKids Awards Ceremony in Miami! iKids recognise the best of the best in children’s digital media throughout the world - so bringing a gong home to Sussex is amazing! Both ...

    Posted 27 February 2015, 12:00 am

  8. Favicon remy sharp's b:log

    [Blog] remy sharp's b:log: I'm a web developer. Not an engineer.

    Something I’m starting to realise and accept for myself: I’m a web developer. Not an engineer. Mostly an approach & understanding difference

    – Me, 6-Feb 2015

    This seemed to strike a chord with a few people, and others asked if I could embellish on those thoughts. So here it is.

    On titles

    "We" love titles. Personally, in the last 5 years, I've preferred the sound of being an engineer, or a JavaScript engineer. I actually quite like software designer. But let's face it, it's all fluff.

    Actually, where titles aren't fluff, is when you work in a larger company. Quite often titles relate directly to pay scales. I digress.

    The engineer bit is a little less fluffy and does actually carry meaning.

    Engineers

    Calling yourself an engineer, when you're not actually qualified as an engineer is sort of a no-no. In fact, there's some regulation around the engineering titles - and certainly in the UK (according to the Wikipedia page), there's been petitions to protect the title.

    Ignoring the regulations, to me, engineers are smart, educated (ideally in a form of engineering...) and specifically: solving complex computer engineering problems.

    In a conversation (over twitter) I was having with Trek Glowacki, midway he replied with:

    Take a step back and understand the real engineering goal: SRP

    I wasn't aware of any engineering goal, nor what SRP stood for, nor did I really understand what the Wikipedia page was saying to me.

    Honestly, I kind of feel out of my depth amongst engineers aka those people who *really" took the time to study computer science and grok the shit out of it.

    I am web developer

    I don't know why I thought it was uncool to be a "web developer". Perhaps because it's utterly vague.

    What "web developer" does mean to me though, is this:

    Someone who writes code for browsers. Likely from the school of view source, is comfortable with drop-in libraries, understands standards and best practice techniques. But mostly, a tinkerer.

    I am not alone

    Tim Berners-Lee: web developer

    The picture above is an (infamous) screen grab from the Web Platform introduction video. Of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The creator of The Web.

    I saw a lot of posts and tweets suggesting that this was a joke, or a disservice to his work, or that the title was utterly understated.

    I'm not sure it was. There's no doubt that this man is responsible for a lot more, but he is The Web Developer.

    I'm proud to say that I work on that same web. Making it better (and sometimes, perhaps, a little worse).

    Embrace it

    I've personally learnt my web development skills over a long period of time and nearly entirely through trial and error. I suspect most of us have.

    Being a web developer doesn't have to mean you have to be a JavaScript wiz, or that you don't touch the server side. By virtue of tinkering, it's quite likely you're getting better at all these things.

    Coming to this realisation is by no means a slur against those people who call themselves engineers. If you do, it's quite likely I already have a great deal of respect for your knowledge and understanding if I've come across your work already.

    As for me, I'm proud to say: I am a web developer. I am a tinkerer.

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    Posted 26 February 2015, 11:00 am

  9. Favicon Wired Sussex Digital Media News

    [Blog] Wired Sussex Digital Media News: Freelance music producer looking to work with game developer.

    I am looking for a games designer to collaborate with who has a game that could really benefit from music or sound effects written specifically for that game. I am a musician and I have a business startup called Hexatone. I create music and sound ...

    Posted 25 February 2015, 12:00 am

  10. Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy

    [Blog] Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy: So what is the future of mobile?

    I went to an entertaining and intriguing event on Tuesday. Hosted by Harvard Business Review, it was billed as the ‘future of mobile for publishers online and offline’, but rather inevitably ended up in a conversation about digital privacy, fragmentation and “the problem with the BBC”. The one thing all the panellists agreed on (an […]
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    Posted 24 February 2015, 9:47 pm

  11. Favicon Wired Sussex Digital Media News

    [Blog] Wired Sussex Digital Media News: Research and Development Tax Relief for your technology projects?

    We've just met with a Software Development/Media/Marketing company in Sheffield who have developed a social media engagement platform that allows their members to get a deeper insight into their clients and potential clients engagement on all of their ...

    Posted 24 February 2015, 12:00 am

  12. Favicon Wired Sussex Digital Media News

    [Blog] Wired Sussex Digital Media News: Have you entered our twitter competition yet?

    There is still time to take part in our Love Your Workspace competition and be in with the chance of winning an ergonomic mouse. To enter, simply tweet us a picture showing what you love most about your workspace and tag @PosturePeopleUK and #loveyourworkspace Good ...

    Posted 23 February 2015, 12:00 am

  13. Entrepreneurial Geekiness

    [Blog] Entrepreneurial Geekiness: Data-Science stuff I’m doing this year

    2014 was an interesting year, 2015 looks to be even richer. Last year I got to publish my High Performance Python book, help co-organise the rather successful PyDataLondon2014 conference, teach High Performance in public (slides online) and in private, keynote on The Real Unsolved Problems in Data Science and start my ModelInsight AI agency. That was a busy year (!) but deeply rewarding.

    My High Performance Python published with O’Reilly in 2014

     

    This year our consulting is branching out – we’ve already helped a new medical start-up define their data offering, I’m mentoring another data scientist (to avoid 10 years of my mistakes!) and we’re deploying new text mining IP for existing clients. We’ve got new private training this April for Machine Learning (scikit-learn) and High Performance Python (announce list) and Spark is on my radar.

    Apache Spark maxing out 8 cores on my laptop

    Python’s role in Data Science has grown massively (I think we have 5 euro-area Python-Data-Science conferences this year) and I’m keen to continue building the London and European scenes.

    I’m particularly interested in dirty data and ways we can efficiently clean it up (hence my Annotate.io lightning talk a week back). If you have problems with dirty data I’d love to chat and maybe I can share some solutions.

    For PyDataLondon-the-conference we’re getting closer to fixing our date (late May/early June), join this announce list to hear when we have our key dates. In a few weeks we have our 10th monthly PyDataLondon meetup, you should join the group as I write up each event for those who can’t attend so you’ll always know what’s going on. To keep the meetup from degenerating into a shiny-suit-fest I’ve setup a separate data science jobs list, I curate it and only send relevant contract/permie job announces.

    This year I hope to be at PyDataParis, PyConSweden, PyDataLondon, EuroSciPy and PyConUK – do come say hello if you’re around!


    Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. Historically Ian ran Mor Consulting. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

    Posted 21 February 2015, 8:05 pm

  14. Cogapp blogs

    [Blog] Cogapp blogs: What is it like learning to code? Perspectives from Codebar Brighton

    Kay White, Cogapp’s Technical Support Specialist, invites you to take a look at coding from the perspective of an enthusiastic newbie. She takes part in Codebar Brighton, where self-taught and graduate developers give up their time to teach groups of people who are under-represented in the tech industry and give them a pathway to a new career in the digital industry.

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    Posted 20 February 2015, 4:26 pm

  15. Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy

    [Blog] Rob Mansfield: writing, telling stories and content strategy: 9 reasons why we should take our sleep more seriously

    The way we sleep affects us all. Even the most settled of snoozers can suffer and the effect a disturbed night has on the body is quite disturbing. So read on to find out what effect poor sleep has on your body and memory, why caffeine and sleeping pills are pointless and the power of […]
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    Posted 20 February 2015, 11:45 am

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