Tips and tricks for vim

In todays blog post I would like to take the opportunity to share some knowledge I have gained with vim. In particular with customising vim to make it more user friendly. Out of the box the default configuration wraps long lines across multiple lines and line numbers aren't shown. Resolving these two things...

Software solutions that provide results

When commissioning a software project of any kind it usually requires a significant investment both in terms of cost and time spent getting your solution operational within your business. When a client commissions a software project with us, we make a commitment to work alongside you as an extension of your team,...

Getting Started with Sass

The more projects you work on as a developer the larger and more complex they seem to become. The narrative becomes the same with stylesheets as the project grows, the CSS gets harder to maintain efficiently. That is where SASS can help. SASS is a stylesheet language that extends the capabilities of CSS. It makes...

The Best of Javascript ES6

ECMAScript 6 is also known as ES6 and ECMAScript 2015. Some people call it JavaScript 6. Javascript ES6 has made some nice changes which make Javascript a lot easier to use. One of the common questions is it safe to use. A quick answer is yes it's safe. If you take a look at this web page. It shows current...

You’ve built your digital product, now what?

So you’ve had your eureka moment, conceived a digital product, and commissioned your technology partner. They’ve taken your idea and delivered a working digital product. You're done, right? Unfortunately, it’s a common misconception that all of the hard work and effort needed to build your product will last...

Kubernetes: Lessons Learned

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Why We Started Using Kubernetes Our journey really started about 4 years ago, shortly before Kubernetes was officially released (in July 2015). Truthfully, at that time we didn't even know it existed. As a company we'd been working on more and more complicated web applications most of which couldn't simply be...

Async/Await

Recognising the advantages and disadvantages of async/await requires an understanding of callbacks and promises. Before we review these lets first remind ourselves of the problem they solve: Asynchrony. Javascript is a blocking, synchronous single threaded language. This essentially means it can only perform one...

Getting started with UX / UI animations.

So, you've been working as a web / UX / UI designer for a while, you've been there when your job consisted of designing pixel perfect mockups in photoshop, then the web became responsive and the need to create iterations at different sizes required the use of multiple artboards, so maybe you moved into illustrator,...

Every business is a digital business…

They just haven’t realised yet. On a daily basis we consume an ever-increasing number of digital services and products. Indeed, due to this trend, there are 5-year olds who are more competent with digital technology than some hardened business people. Businesses that have embraced digital innovation are now...

Why work with Scaffold Digital?

At Scaffold Digital, we have an experienced team that encompasses, UX/UI designers, developers and project management. We are a young team, but we have a lot of experience working in the digital sector covering many different types of project and client. Our team specialise in projects like websites, mobile apps...

Service Workers

An introduction to service workers Put simply a service worker is a script that runs in the browser. They can intercept network traffic, send push notifications and perform background syncs. If that was a bit of a blur don’t worry, we’ll take a step back and take a look at each in...

2019 Trends for the digital transformation

As 2018 draws to a close we have been fortunate enough to work with fantastic clients across a range of sectors and for each project we pride ourselves in choosing the most appropriate technology that balances a fit for the current and future needs of a business. There are times when a ‘bleeding edge’ piece of...

Smart Construct 2018 - Digital transformation in the construction sector

In November we exhibited at the Smart Construct event arranged by Naomh McElhatton and her team at Smart Global. This event was aimed at businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland involved in the construction and engineering industries, allowing them to connect with like-minded companies and associates...

Getting Started with Classes in PHP - Bespoke Software - Scaffold

In my previous blog post, we looked at OOP and why you should be using it. If you missed it, you can get caught up by clicking here. Now that you’re up to date we can look at creating our first object. Object-oriented programming lets us group data as well as functions into a specific piece of functionality....

Trusted partner for Ionic Mobile App Development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

In 2016 we were delighted to be accepted as a trusted partner for mobile application development using the Ionic framework for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry development. Since then we've produced a wide range of app-based solutions for clients across the UK & Ireland. What does it mean to be...

The Power of Laravel's Observer Pattern

Today I want to talk about hooking into Laravel model events, their benefits and potential drawbacks. This, along with some examples on how and when to use them and avoid them. Why use Observers? Keeps the controllers lean Using observers will allow controllers to do what they're supposed to do. Receive requests...

Simple reCAPTCHA with Laravel

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Introduction We've all seen reCAPTCHA at one point or another - that previously hateful box on every contact form or registration page that you'd take half a dozen stabs at before finally getting it right. Thankfully it's been replaced lately with a much more intelligent implementation that doesn't usually require...

What is Object Oriented Programming?

Starting out with object orient programming or OOP for short can be a daunting concept. In this post, we will look at OOP in PHP but the concept can be shared across other programming languages such as Java, Python, Ruby, C++ and more. A quick look at OOP can make it appear more complex than your standard...

Hybrid vs Native

Mobile development debunked, what are the options and how are they different? With the number of mobile phone users in the world expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019 (Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/330695/number-of-smartphone-users-worldwide/), it’s a given that businesses are turning to...

Ionic & The Android Back Button

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What's the problem? Generally speaking, Ionic does a good job of handing navigation. Sadly, one of the things it doesn't do well (in my opinion) is it's handling of the hardware back button on Android. Sure, we can push a handful of views onto the screen and it will casually pop them off again every time the user...

The Programmer Mindset

Introduction I want to describe what I have learned and hurdles I have faced in cultivating the mindset of a programmer. Doing this is not an easy task by any stretch, but important for progressing down this career path. I have written this post for aspiring developers, developers who are at a crossroads in their...

Dublin Tech Summit 2018 #DTS18

Recently I had the pleasure of a few days out of the office to attend the Dublin Tech Summit. What follows is my attempt to unpack my experience and share some interesting tidbits of information I picked up!   Day one   After a short trip down to Dublin, I arrived for the 2018 edition of the...

Var vs Const vs Let

JavaScript first appeared 22 years ago in 1995,  in most of its lifetime there has been only one way to declare a variable using the var keyword.  Some declarations of var can have some unexpected behaviours due to scope. That's why with the sixth version of JavaScript ECMAScript 2015 developers decided to...

Laravel Validation with Custom Attribute Names

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For the most part, I don’t have many complaints when it comes to Laravel. That being said, every now and then I find myself trying to accomplish something I’d consider to be relatively simple only to keep hitting brick walls. As handy as it is for the Laravel Validator to automatically generate friendly error...