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A Fresh Start with Ansible

It’s Spring, a time for fresh beginnings. Today we are going to look at setting up a clean OSX development environment using Ansible. Ansible is a technology used in the...

David McFarland

David McFarland


Test Setup as a Sanity Check on your Design

Over the years there has been much discussion on the nuances and value, or lack-thereof, of Test-Driven Development (TDD). As part of those discussions there have been many blogs and...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


SIMD in Depth - Performance and Cost in C# and C++

This is a follow on from a previous post explaining what SIMD is, how .NET developers can use it, and what performance gains they can expect to see. While the...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Parallelism on a Single Core - SIMD with C#

When Microsoft shipped .NET 4.6 last summer they also released a new 64-bit JIT compiler named RyuJIT. The main goal was to improve the load times of 64 bit applications,...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Working With Constraints

Freedom Isn’t Free Recently, while working on a client project, a colleague mentioned that they quite liked how the limits of a particular framework pushed them down a specific path....

Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly


On Being an IT Trainer

Here at Instil we hope to recruit one or more full time trainers during 2016. There seems to be a lot of FUD regarding what the job involves, who is...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Exploring Session Based Testing

It’s almost too easy to dismiss the concept of Exploratory Testing as one of the many dark arts of software testing, in which those that do not do it cannot...

Neil Boyd

Neil Boyd


Simplify Your Code With C# 6.0

Most of the attention surrounding the release of C# 6 this year has been related to the bootstrapping of the compiler, courtesy of project Roslyn. While it’s true that there...

Eoin Mullan

Eoin Mullan


Xamarin: A Panacea for Cross-Platform Mobile Development?

For years developers have locked horns in the long-running debate over the best approach to mobile development. In the early days this debate was dominated by web aficionados pushing modern...

Matt McComb

Matt McComb


Belfast DevOps

The next 3 Belfast DevOps meetings will take place at Instil HQ, starting Tuesday 16th December. For more information checkout the following links. Simon McCartney on Openstack James Hughes on...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Reading the Tea Leaves

It is traditional at this time of year to stick your neck out (turkey style) and foolishly make prophecies about technology trends over the next 12 months. So having girded...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Yes SQL Bash Reportage

The latest Bash Meetup took place on Monday night in Brewbot on the Ormeau Road, Belfast. The title of the evening was Yes SQL and we had two speakers lined...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


The Hunt for Next Year's Interns Is On

We had a great time at UUJ this week catching up with all the talented engineers looking for placements. If you love building software, have a curious disposition and want...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


Instil Shortlisted for Deloitte Fast 50 Awards

Instil are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards. Now in its 16th year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards highlights...

Matt McComb

Matt McComb


Functional Kats 2015 Reportage

On the 12th September I had the honour and pleasure of attending and presenting at Kats Conf 15 – a one day functional programming conference in the centre of Dublin....

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour