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NI Dev Conference 2019 Reportage

The Beginnings The Northern Ireland Developer Conference, or more commonly known as NI Dev Conf, first started in 2017 as a platform to bring together the progressively expanding meetup scene...

Jordan Colgan

Jordan Colgan


ACCU For Your Attention

As every developer knows languages fade in and out of fashion. At time of writing Python is rocketing to stardom (as much for ML and Serverless as DevOps), F# has...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Inaugural Kotlin Belfast User Group Meetup

At Instil we absolutely love Kotlin. If you’re working on the JVM or Android, we see the move from Java to Kotlin as a complete no-brainer. Internally, we use it...

Eamonn Boyle

Eamonn Boyle


GDG Dublin: The Kotlin Edition

The Instil team have adopted Kotlin as our go to language for Android and server development. One of the unexpected side effects has been a significant boost in morale. It’s...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


A Taste of Things to Come

As another busy year of training draws to a close it's traditional that I stick my head above the parapet and make some predictions for the New Year. For what...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Programming in English

As an industry, we promote an education in science, technology, engineering and maths as the basis of software development, but in doing so, we risk ignoring the most important skill...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Community Matters

Community is a vital part of a successful software ecosystem, but what are the secrets to creating a successful meetup? In this post, we will explain how, through a mix...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


AIB Datahack

Prelude An overwhelming sense of anxiety woke me up at 3am. I was ill-prepared for the day ahead, it had been a couple of months since I last dabbled with...

Samir Thapa

Samir Thapa


Summary of KotlinConf 2018

The second ever KotlinConf took place in Amsterdam from 3rd-5th October 2018 and having missed last year’s event, the Instil team were looking forward to a thought-provoking conference over the...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Instil Autumn Outing: Golf Punks

Team Bonding Last week the Instil crew lined up some team ra-ra with the three elements of life: food, beer and sports. The plan was simple; destroy some pizzas, play...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


Kotlin Contracts

The Kotlin type system is fairly flexible but there are a few corner cases where the compiler enforces rules which can be a little restrictive. In this article we explore...

Chris van Es

Chris van Es


Kotlin Inline Class

In the upcoming Kotlin version 1.3, an experimental feature called inline classes will be introduced to the language. This helps address common errors caused by a developer when they rely...

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong


A personal review of why Instil switched to Kotlin

An overview of why all parts of Instil’s business has switched to Kotlin over the past three years. By an unrepentant Scala Fanboy. About us For those who don’t know...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Harry Intern Life @instil

What have you learned A whole lot more than I ever thought I would! I went into placement knowing it was going to be a challenge, and there were going...

Zarah Akilagun-Thompson

Zarah Akilagun-Thompson


Benn Intern Life @instil

Benn Henderson joined Instil as a fresh-faced intern from Queen’s University Belfast, currently studying the undergraduate computer science degree. He quickly became a key part of the Instil mobile development...

Zarah Akilagun-Thompson

Zarah Akilagun-Thompson