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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


Functional Coding in Java - Gateway Drug or End of Line

In this guest post, Tom Prior reviews a talk given by Garth at a recent event in Cork. The talk, entitled ‘Functional Programming in Java - Gatway Drug or End...

Tom Prior

Tom Prior


The Planning Fallacy (and how it corrupts software estimation)

Developers are notoriously bad at estimating. So much so, that it’s pretty much a running joke within our industry. We laugh at ourselves but brush aside our ineptitude with an...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


.NET Meetup V1.4 with Martin Woodward

Last Thursday evening the Belfast .NET Developer Guild met in Queen’s University’s newly renovated Computer Science Building to hear Martin Woodward give a first-hand account of Microsoft’s journey into Open...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Spring Boot With Dropwizard Metrics

Spring Boot comes with a heathy dose of metrics built in but having used Dropwizard extensively in house we have come to rely on some of the timing metrics it...

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong


Ionic Bash

Our first Bash of the Year kicked off last Wednesday evening and what a way to start. Developer, writer and trainer, Sani Yusuf presented an exceptional talk on Ionic, a...

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong