Using ES6 Destructuring in your React Components

The destructuring assignment syntax was introduced to JavaScript in ES6, it is a simple way of extracting data stored in objects and arrays into variables. This post is not intended to be an in depth look at the destructuring syntax, if that’s what you’re after a quick Google search should give you what you need, [...]
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Mind the Product 2016

Anyone who works in the field of Product Development knows that in any given month, there are always talks, meet-ups and demonstrations on the subject. Anything from writing User Stories (sound familiar?) to great practices in the field of UX. I really enjoy these events and have spoken at quite a few myself. However, the [...]
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Amido’s Identity Research Launch

This year Amido commissioned a key piece of research into six markets including retail, media and financial services, revealing just how few are utilising customer data effectively. On the back of this we hosted an event to explore the findings, inviting a broad range of C-suite leaders across several different industries, to dig deep into [...]
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Should testers be the only ones who test?

I had a great opportunity to attend a #TechTuesday event hosted by Moo. It was great to meet fellow testers in the industry who are passionate and enthusiastic about what we do, and it was the perfect place to learn and share knowledge about the testing community. After the event my friend and I, who [...]
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Jack Sheppard – A day in the life of a tester

7.30: Wake up...please just five more minutes. Fine alarm, I’m up – where’s the coffee, shiz not going to test itself. 8.15: Great…packed train, oh well it’s not that long 9.15: Standup. So Jon wired in the back end service to the database, Tony has done...wait what did I do yesterday? Oh yes, I wrote [...]
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Internal Communities – Overcoming hurdles together

People often find it incredibly difficult to admit when things go wrong. Of course this is a sweeping generalisation, but I have found from previous experiences that those in the technology industry often have a strong sense of how “things” should be done. This often means that acknowledging a mistake feels like a failure, with [...]
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Richard Slater – A day in the life of a Senior Technical Consultant

I have always been technical, passionate about using engineering to solve problems, from an early age I invented tools to change the world around me. I joined Amido four years ago with only a few years of consulting experience early in my career but ten years of technical experience across Managed Services, Education and New [...]
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Giovanni Angelo Sipiano – A day in the life of a Technical Consultant

I’ve wanted to get into IT since my school days where, along with a weekend job in a sweet-shop, I would work as an IT technician once a week after school. Some years later, whilst studying for my degree in Computer Science, I was also part of a scholarship scheme run by Channel 4, who [...]
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Are you making it personal? Amido report identifies six key verticals as the biggest players facing customer identity challenges

Earlier this year, Amido commissioned a piece of research into senior IT and marketing decision makers across six vertical markets to uncover how they are utilising the ever-increasing amounts of customer data to identify their customers and personalise customer experience. We spoke to leaders across six vertical markets: retail, media, financial services, utilities, logistics, industry [...]
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Security Testing – London Tester Gathering

In an era where technology makes it nigh impossible to be disconnected from society, professionals are rarely isolated from their peers – especially in the tech industry. Besides the day to day virtual channels that we have at our disposal, one of the best ways to stay connected and up to date is through attending [...]
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How Andy Jutton & Amido solved the HttpClient problem

Singleton HttpClient? Beware of this serious behaviour and how to fix it It was 100% believed that HttpClient was safe, even when used as Singleton, and yet there was an underlying, and very serious issue: DNS changes were NOT honoured and HttpClient (through HttpClientHandler) hogged the connections until socket was closer. Indefinitely. According to Byte [...]
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Richard Ingram: A day in the life…of a Technical Consultant

I must admit, I was always a sceptic when it came to out-sourcing software development. Having worked as a developer in a couple of large companies I had always wondered why they didn’t just opt to build an internal software development team instead. However, I began to realise the quality of work from a good [...]
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Usman Jamil – A day in the Life of a Junior Technical Consultant

Before starting at Amido I graduated in Mechanical Engineering but it was my interest in technology businesses that led me to creating my own startup after university. Within a week of coming up with an idea I had hired a couple of developers overseas to bring it to life. Unfortunately, due to my lack of [...]
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Andy Waite: Senior Technical Consultant

First Date I was first introduced to Amido in 2010. The company I was working for at the time had asked Amido to refresh their development practices, with a view to building and delivering an online commercial insurance rating engine. As part of the project, I had the opportunity to work closely with the Amido [...]
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London Tester Gathering Workshop Part 2

In my previous blog post I started talking about the first half of the London Tester Gathering Workshop I attended near the end of June. Jumping straight in then, the second day was perhaps more useful to the more seasoned testers, like myself. I attended two different workshops, “Dimension of testability” and “Get into coaching [...]
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London Tester Gathering Workshop Part 1

Here at Amido there is a real desire to stay ahead of the curve, a drive to flex our knowledge and skills, and to embrace the most up to date technology. As employees we are lucky enough to actively be encouraged to seek as much training as we like in order to maintain this culture. [...]
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Human Ops meet up

On the 19th of May HumanOps London held a meetup, hosted at the Financial Times, on the human aspects of running infrastructure and how we can all have sustainable healthy work. The event included several speakers including Francesc Zacarias (Spotify), Portia Tung (Barclays) and Bob Walker (gov.uk), who stressed the importance of the teams running [...]
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UX Brighton – Designing for Games & VR

On Tuesday 10th May, I attended UX Brighton’s event titled ‘Designing for Games & VR’ with Rob Pearson (Director of UX here at Amido). The evening, curated by Harvey Owen (Player Research) at the Hotel Du Vin, looked at user and interaction design for video games and how it’s evolving in the world of virtual [...]
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BDD London Meetup

In May a few of us here from Amido attended a BDD London meetup about SpecFlow... The meetup was an interesting little interactive session with a talk by the creator of SpecFlow, Gáspár Nagy. He spoke about using the popular BDD tool with a scaffolding approach to legacy applications that may have little or no [...]
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The Cloud – the fundamentals

Before I joined Amido I knew little to nothing about a) the technology industry and b) how important tech is to UK industrial output as a whole. It was put in to perspective for me when I learned that the UK tech sector is expanding at such a rate that it is outstripping any other [...]
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