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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


8 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Work Placement

Starting a one year placement with a company you don’t know much about and people you haven’t met before can be a fairly daunting experience. You’ve spent two (or more!)...

Brian Hamill

Brian Hamill


Over-Thunking It

With the increasing adoption of functional programming there are strange terms slowly moving their way from academic obscurity to mainstream software engineering. Thanks mainly to the React and Redux frameworks...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Docker - Simplifying a Developer's World

Packaging up everything I need into a self contained image is incredibly powerful. Using Vagrant and VirtualBox to spin up a Centos distro, configure as I need and then distributing...

Eamonn Boyle

Eamonn Boyle


Jack Nicholson Channels Programming Languages

So last week I overdosed on a heady combination of expresso and free Turkish Delight (thanks Josh). Whilst in this altered mental state I had a revelation - the secrets...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Music Driven Development

If you’re looking for a new way to drive your software development, then look no further. Tests, Behaviours, Models and Types have had their day and modern developers are now...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan