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Chaos and Order

The world (and software development) can be chaotic, so we have conventions and rules to bring about order. This enables progress, but we must also recognise the cost. In The...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Why You Must Work Here

What do you want from a job? This question has many answers, but there are four which are common to everyone. These are the four pillars which hold your career....

James Carlisle

James Carlisle


Android databinding, with Kotlin!

Android MVVM with Kotlin At Instil we always strive to apply best practices to any problem we are trying to solve. In the case of Android application architecture, the MVP/MVVM...

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong


Why Android Development Is Better With Kotlin

Introduction Kotlin may be a relatively new language but it’s gaining traction fast and unlike some other languages (e.g. Swift) it feels mature with new major versions introducing features whilst...

Chris van Es

Chris van Es


Avoiding Defensive Checks

Defending against malicious use is a first order concern in all software. Any software that can be used or invoked by an external party or user (such as an application,...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Denial is Not a Defence

The £60,000 fine earlier this year of Boomerang Video by the ICO is a definite warning shot to all SMEs - if you have a public website that processes personal...

Simon Whittaker

Simon Whittaker


Surging Forward

Unhappy with the current state of RTP / RTSP video streaming libraries for mobile applications, we decided to set out on our own. The result is Surge and we think...

Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly


Daily Standup

Simon says stand up. No, really. If you haven’t tried standing for part of your workday you might be missing out. Stand Up Some professions require staff to stand for...

Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly


Security Testing & Incremental Threat Modelling

The tweet below highlights the experience that many organisations have when working with security & penetration testers. "Pen-testing as mental out-sourcing", from a friend at a Bank: pic.twitter.com/yWTnuEqsRp— Alec Muffett...

Simon Whittaker

Simon Whittaker


Using Native Dependencies with AWS Lambda

The AWS Lambda service offers Functions as a Service (FaaS), which means you simply supply code and AWS will provision servers and execute it in response to events. It can...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Bad Form (in Xamarin)

Here at Instil, we make no bones about the fact that we’ve been enjoying Xamarin for cross-platform mobile development for a number of years now. With a handful of shipped...

Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly


The Phantom Type Menace

This is the fourth in a series of posts covering concepts in functional programming: Over-Thunking It Curry On Regardless Monads For The Masses This time around we’re talking about phantom...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Life as an Intern @ Instil

I am aware that the following words might not tickle the comedic parts of your brain or kick your imagination over a rainbow. However I hope it might serve some...

Josh Kelso

Josh Kelso


Monads For The Masses

This is the third in a series of posts introducing Functional Programming concepts. The previous posts are: Over-Thunking It Curry On Regardless Today we’re looking at the ‘big scary thing’...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Curry On Regardless

This is the second in a series of posts introducing Functional Programming concepts. Today we’re looking at the closely related concepts of Currying and Partial Application. Some Mystifying Code Below...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour