In a change to normal development activities, this afternoon saw us do a bit of last minute preparation for a triathlon that Esendex is the headline sponsor for. It will, I guess, be business as usual on Sunday too for the Esendex Last Minute Sprint at Southwell with both Adam and Julian leading the way… Continue reading Esendex Last Minute Sprint
In case you’ve not yet realised the business benefits of using SMS, then maybe this story from Ireland will help convince you. The Irish Times wrote a story last Thursday about how an air traffic controller used SMS to guide a plane down safely. He then lost audio telephone contact but the air traffic controller… Continue reading Ur clrd 2 lnd
Apparently this coffee is elephant powered. Well, made with Elephant Beans anyway. Unlike that Kopi Luha (sp) whose beans have passed through the digestive system of a wild cat, I’m hoping these haven’t been fished out of some dung. I jest of course as it refers to the size of the beans. It does make… Continue reading Powered by Elephants
Now that the development team at Esendex Towers is growing, so is the pace. Nicholas has just posted the next set of tasks on the board for our next release in a few weeks. As you can probably see, there’s not much cork left in view! Saying that, I’ve just seen the inch-thick pile of… Continue reading The Next Release
I just wanted to personally recommend a log view utility I’ve had the luck of finding recently, actually thanks to Ian again. Around October time, Ian contacted the logging.apache.org group asking : “Does anyone know of an application that is capable of loading a log file that has been written to using the RollingFileAppender?” He… Continue reading Log4View
Thanks to some example code by Ian I’ve completed my first Mockery. NMock allows you to instantiate mock objects based on interface declarations alone. It’s already saved me a potential chicken and egg scenario where to get an instance of the normal object that’s inputting into the method I was testing I’d have had to… Continue reading Making a Mockery
As part of the new raft of services in development here at Esendex Towers, Adam‘s been busy with his inventing hat on again. Fresh from the lab is SLAP: Service Location and Announcement Protocol. This post is inspired by just how useful basing your inter-service communications on SLAP can be when it comes to development,… Continue reading SLAP, my service’s up!
As part of the continuous research into new ideas, I’ve been helping out research and evaluate RealSpeak Telecom from Nuance. One thing that’s not instantly clear from the documentation is how to play back the ‘standard.pcm’ file that the standard demonstration application they provide generates. To be fair to them, they do tell you that… Continue reading Getting real with speech
It’s been a busy time at Esendex Towers because behind the scenes we’ve created a whole new service for anyone whose wanting to blog on the move. BlogIt is a free service where you can sign up to be able to blog by text message. There are a lot of fancy mobile phones out there… Continue reading Blog It!
Esendex fully embraces the idea of test-driven development (TDD), something I was introduced to during my time at Fujitsu-Siemens Computers. Microsoft have just released a new MSDN site called the Tester Center Home. Whilst I’m sure its got some useful information on it, the matter-of-fact MSDN style doesn’t invite me to delve into it to… Continue reading Test Driven Documentation