Category: web development

The Future of AMP : JavaScript which doesn’t block the main thread?

The Future of AMP : JavaScript which doesn’t block the main thread?

At ComparetheMarket.com we are constantly optimising the speed of our site. We were an early adaptor of Google’s AMP technology, sold on the mobile page speed win’s it promised. Due to how early we were in using this technology we have faced many challenges on the way. I wanted to look at if the future would be a smoother process, and what new features are coming up. What is AMP The AMP Project, started by Google, stands for “Accelerated Mobile Pages”. It is targets mainly the mobile version on websites. It uses a number of best practice optimisation techniques. As soon as…

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How to connect to the MOZ API with a C# Application

How to connect to the MOZ API with a C# Application

An API is basically just a website. A website which only contains data (usually in the form of JSON), no html, CSS or java-script. To call MOZ‘s API we have to make up a URL string which will be posted to the MOZ server. The server reads this Url (request) and decided which information you want. It send this information back either to the browser or to the programme which has been written to create the API call. The process looks like this:   To call the MOZ API first we will need to work out what the request Url should look like. To illustrate how to…

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How to set up a virtual machine on your mac

How to set up a virtual machine on your mac

A virtual machine is essentially a new machine on your current one. A new environment (area(in memory)) which is separate to your current. Why would one do this you ask? Simplezz, to create a windows operating system on a mac computer. This would mean you no longer use an IOS environment but have what is basically a windows computer on your mac. To set this up your computer will allocate processing power and memory away from your current operating system (what currently looks like your whole machine) and gives it to a new one (what looks like a windows machine). Why did…

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Am I good enough to learn to code? What I learnt from 4 months at a coding bootcamp.

Am I good enough to learn to code? What I learnt from 4 months at a coding bootcamp.

I fantasized about learning to code for years. When I finally decided to take the plunge I thought the best way to do it would be through a bootcamp. I had taught myself growth hacking and doing this alone, with no-one to bounce ideas off, I constantly felt like I was doing it all wrong, taking everything in the wrong direction, and so this time I wanted to learn alongside others. I decided to enrol in Maker’s Academy, ‘Europe’s most exclusive’ intense web development bootcamp. The first six weeks of Makers are spend working as a pair on a  challenge, swopping who…

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