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The Summer Of Code Rolls On

A few weeks ago a man with a plan announced that we would be running a summer of code in Instil HQ. The aim was to bring together like minded...

Richard Bell

Richard Bell


Summer of Code

This Tuesday sees the start of our ‘summer of code’ – a series of workshops and events all centred around coding. Things kick off with fellow Instiller Matt McComb providing...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Java Shark Jump Redux

My last post on the iffy implementation of FP in Java 8 generated a lot of interest. Many thanks for all the comments received. I would like to clarify two...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Java Jumps the Shark

Don’t get me wrong – I love Java. The first programming book I bought of my own free will (university reading lists don’t count) was the original ‘Java in a...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Those That Can't

As a professional educator I sometimes get the “those who can’t do teach” line thrown at me. To this I gleefully reply that the full quote is “those who can’t...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


An Intro To Option(al)

If you already use Option, Maybe or Optional in your code then move along please – nothing to see here. Otherwise here’s a neat trick you have been missing out...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


The Philosophy of Agility

My hackles were raised this week by Neil DeGrasse Tyson dismissing philosophy as useless. As a former philosophy student (feel free to go ahead and make the Simpsons’ joke) I...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


You Keep Using That Word

In case you haven’t heard David Heinemerier Hansson wrote an article entitled ‘TDD is dead. Long Live Testing’. There has been a lot of fallout over this, including some very...

Garth Gilmour

Garth Gilmour


Festival of Code

We are delighted to announce that Instil will be a Centre Lead for the upcoming Festival of Code, July 28th-3rd August. If you are a young programmer, then this is...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Reflecting on React

So our first ever full scale conference, React, has now come and gone, and the feedback seems to have been universally positive. If you are reading this and attended, thank...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Shiny Bash Slides

This year’s Autumn Bash is now done and dusted and seemed to go really well. Thank you to everyone who made it down, especially to all the speakers. A fantastic...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson


Shakespeare's Seven Monkeys

An Initial Adventure with Lucene. This is the first exercise in a tutorial series introducing Lucene, the text search engine library. Source for the exercises in this series is available...

David McFarland

David McFarland


Simplicity Rules

Despite all that has been written about simplicity - from the SOLID principles to refactoring to simplicity quotes - many of us still struggle to do the right thing. We’re...

Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson