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Guest Blog Post: End of Week One Work Experience (2014)

by Howard van Rooijen

At the end of his first week’s work experience and endjin, Jack, 15, describes an endjin “Show & Tell” that took an exciting turn into spiking a new feature, with burgers and all… ————— On Friday I got into the office around 9:00ish. In the morning I watched some more videos on Pluralsight to help […]


Guest Blog Post: Third Day of Work Experience (2014)

by Howard van Rooijen

On day three of his work experience with endjin, Jack, 15, describes learning about cascading style sheets, and programming a Busylight. ————— I arrived at the office again around 8:45, I was getting into a routine each morning now and the route to the office was becoming second nature to me. I began the morning […]


Guest Blog Post: Second Day of Work Experience (2014)

by Howard van Rooijen

This is the second blog post from Jack, 15, who is carrying out two weeks’ work experience at endjin over the Summer. On day two, Jack learns about work tracking and software project management using YouTrack, and gets to grips with logical operators in C#! ————— On day two, I arrived at the endjin office […]


Guest Blog Post: First Day of Work Experience (2014)

by Howard van Rooijen

One of endjin’s primary objectives is to do whatever we can to improve the state of the software development profession; not only in our day-to-day engagements with our clients, but also in how we try and provide opportunities for learning and growth for anyone who wants a career in our industry; we have our own […]


End of Month Research Roundup – June 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

Endjineers do a lot of research and learning every day; we share interesting articles in our yammer account so that we can discuss them. Here is what we researched in June: Microsoft Azure Scaling a standard Azure website to 380k queries per minute of 163M records with loader.io [Troy Hunt] Server Garbage Collection Mode in […]


The Brief Towards the end of 2013 endjin were handed a brief by Mark Poynton, Head Chef and owner of Restaurant Alimentum in Cambridge for his entry into the Great British Menu 2014. For those not familiar with the TV show, it offers the chance for the nation’s top chefs to compete for the opportunity to cook a banquet […]


End of Month Research Roundup – May 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Microsoft Azure Gist: […]


End of Month Research Roundup – April 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Microsoft Azure Azure […]


End of Month Research Roundup – March 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Windows […]


I received quite a bit of positive feedback about my post “Equipping a kick-ass meeting room for less than £1500“, the general tone being “we’re looking at implementing the same thing for our meeting rooms”. We also get positive feedback (mixed with a bit of envy) when clients come to endjin HQ and see the […]


End of Month Research Roundup – February 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Windows […]


Using Git for .NET development part 1 – what’s Git?

by Alice Waddicor

The first few weeks of my apprenticeship involved a crash course on source control with Git. I’ll be sharing what I learned in a series of blogs, looking at Visual Studio’s Git extension, and the Git client SmartGit. In this blog, I start off with a tour of the fundamentals of version control with Git. […]


After an whirlwind start in Week 1, week 2 gave me a welcome chance to find out more about the ideas that had gone flying past, wrangle with Git, and get more hands on experience working with Endjin’s codebase. Alongside this was a dive into the deep end of client virtualisation project, as I sat […]


Apprenticeship Day 5

by Alice Waddicor

The last day of week one, and I was “putting the tea bag in the cereal bowl tired”. However, this was the best day of a very good week. The commuting part of the day was spent reading up on asynchronous methods in .NET 4.5, making sense of the all-pervasive ‘async’ and ‘await’ keywords and […]


Apprenticeship Day 4

by Alice Waddicor

Code Review Day 4 began with a code review lead by Mike. The aim of the session was to come up with a plan for re-factoring Endjin’s membership framework for user authentication and authorisation. The library uses Users, Groups, Roles and Permissions to provide Role-based access management, which offers granular control over the tools and […]


Apprenticeship Day 3

by Alice Waddicor

On day 3, I got to put the previous days’ learning into practice, as I tried implementing Atom functionality in Vellum, Endjin’s Azure-based Content Management System. This happened under the watchful eye of Matthew, who guided me through the process remotely through a combination of Skype and TeamViewer. This worked remarkably well – via TeamViewer […]


Apprenticeship Day 2

by Alice Waddicor

Day 2 began with a look at the commercial side of the business. Howard explained that Endjin’s philosophy is to make sure that everyone – whatever their level or role – understands how the business operates, and applies this knowledge to their every day activities. We talked about the importance of accurate project scoping, time […]


Apprenticeship Day 1

by Alice Waddicor

From the day when a tweet set me reading about Endjin’s approach to apprenticeships, I knew this role was something different from the usual junior developer positions. The website described a structured three year training programme, benefitting from the hard-won expertise of industry veterans – exactly what I was looking for to bridge the gap […]


End of Month Research Roundup – January 2014

by Howard van Rooijen

We spend quite a bit of time every week finding, consuming & sharing interesting content that can help us in our day to day work and we like to share & discuss internally on our Yammer account. Some of the links are new, some are old, but all are useful & interesting. Windows Azure Diagnostics […]


Equipping a kick-ass meeting room for less than £1500

by Howard van Rooijen

Update January 2015: we’ve purchased a number of NUC devices and have found some better components – these are now listed. Everyone knows that having a good working environment makes for a happier and more productive team. My first pet project for 2014 was to kit out our new meeting room and turn it into […]