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I’ve just completed my first year working full time for endjin, after I joined as an Apprentice II last May. And without sounding too much like a cliché, time has truly flown. In the ins-and-outs of daily working life I haven’t really noticed the huge progress I’ve made in the last year, but as we […]


Firstly, I should start by calling out the fact that there are different types of architecture. For example, enterprise architecture focuses on strategy rather than code. It is the strategy for how people, processes, technology etc. is utilised across an organisation in order to be effective and efficient. The type of architecture I will be […]


My take on the cornerstones of good project estimation and planning. Firstly, a huge thank you to Mike Cohn for his book on Agile estimation and Planning, which I wholeheartedly recommend if you want to know more about these techniques. And also, to Steve McConnell for going into the real details of software estimation in […]


Good Reads in 2018

by Howard van Rooijen

Most people are publishing lists to mark the passing of yet another year. I need a few more weeks to reflect on 2018 @ endjin, but I do have a list of the books (both technical and non-technical) I’ve bought in 2018. The first one is technically a cheat, as I’ve just pre-ordered it. After […]


Last week I attended Microsoft Future Decoded in London. There were a huge range of speakers, and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the world of tech. However, an issue that was at the forefront of my mind as I wandered around the expansive halls of the Excel centre was the ongoing conversation surrounding women […]


I’m very excited that Ian Griffiths has joined endjin as a “Technical Fellow”. This is a new career pathway branch we created especially for Ian, as he didn’t really fit into any of our existing roles; his skills and expertise exemplify a pathway that many software engineers desire, but few have the opportunity to achieve […]


Joining endjin as a Technical Fellow

by Ian Griffiths

I am very excited to announce that after 21 years as a freelance consultant, I am finally settling down: this month, I am joining endjin as a full time employee. I’ve been an endjin associate for over 7 years now, so this isn’t a huge leap, but our trajectories have aligned in such a way […]


I’m Jonathan and I’ve just joined endjin as an Apprentice Software Engineer, I have been hacking together Java since I was 15 and recently completed my degree in Computer Science from the University of Lincoln. I’m using this blog to introduce myself and to allow others to see what it was like to join endjin, […]


I’m back! Hi everyone. It’s been a long while since my last blog. *Bows head in shame* Blogging is one of those things I know I should do more often, but I’m still not in the routine in which one needs to be in order to do it regularly. As a consequence, what usually happens […]


It’s been a pretty big week for me in a lot of ways, I’ve moved halfway across the country, started a “new” job, and used my brain for the first time in about six months. But I am so excited to be able to say that I have started back, on a permanent basis, with […]


Becoming an endjineer – week 1

by Jonathan George

How did I end up here? On 16th April this year I started a new stage in my career by joining endjin. In one way, it’s been a couple of months in the making, but in another it’s been more like 8 years! Back in 2010 myself, Howard van Rooijen (one of endjin’s founders) and […]


My first month as an apprentice at endjin

by Ed Freeman

A little over 10 months ago I wrote a blog which reflected on my summer internship at endjin. Now, a little over 10 months later, I’m sitting in the same office one month into my Software Engineer Apprenticeship after having completed my Maths degree and choosing to come and join the team here, for good. […]


2 Day Microsoft Bot Framework Hackathon with Watchfinder

by Howard van Rooijen

Jonathan Gill CTO, Watchfinder Jonathan Gill is CTO at Watchfinder. Watchfinder buys watches from members of the public, returns them to as new condition, warranties them, and sells them back to the public via their website and retail stores. They have grown to 120+ staff, and turnover £70 million per year. On the 3rd of […]


This month, I’ve completed my three year apprenticeship at endjin – a big landmark in a journey that started with enrolling on a computing MSc several years ago. Endjin’s apprenticeship is a custom programme which aims to bridge the gap between new entrant and competent developer. The scheme was set up in recognition of the […]


Is JavaScript still dead?

by Matthew Adams

TLDR; Yes. But its successor is still called JavaScript, except when it isn’t. The long, slow death and resurrection of JavaScript Back in my 2015 programming languages post I observed that, while JavaScript had pushed its way back into the top 10 programming languages, over at TIOBE, it was still a dead language walking. My reasoning was […]


Top Gadget Purchases of 2016

by Howard van Rooijen

TLDR; I’m surprised how much Amazon based hardware I’ve purchased in 2016– they’ve become the conduit that all my entertainment comes through. Amazon Fire TV 4K Ultra HD I thought I’d end the year with a look at some of the tech I’ve acquired over the last 12 months. First up is the Amazon Fire […]


A Bit of a Christmas Do in the Country with Benchpeg

by Paul Waller

Benchpeg – Supporting the work of the Jeweller since 2006 Earlier this year endjin redesigned the Benchpeg website that had previously been hosted on a decade-old content platform that was beginning to creak and groan. One of our main aims was to halve the day-to-day workload for generating content, and streamline the process of producing a weekly […]


London, 02/12/16 Barber Vangelos Georgiou has been cutting hair at George Gents’ Hairdresser on Bermondsey street since 1970. Over the years he’s seen dramatic changes to the neighbourhood, from factories to luxury shops and flats, with a knock on effect for his business as costs have risen and the factory workers who lived and worked […]


Guest Blogger – Ed describes his three month paid summer internship at endjin Ed is studying a Mathematics BSc at UCL. He made contact in January because he was looking to gain some real world software development experience during his summer break, before his final year at University. During his three month internship we tried to expose him to as many different […]


Reasons to: Round up of the Sessions I Attended

by Paul Waller

For some reason, even though I left school years ago, September seems to mark the start of a new year. Probably because that’s when schools do go back after the summer, my mind is sub-consciously stuck in that cycle and importantly this year our eldest begins a new chapter in his life – of starting […]


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