Total Car Check and Open Data

When I first started Total Car Check [https://totalcarcheck.co.uk/], I knew that data would play a large part in the success of the organisation. There has been a big push over the past few years from this government to try and release as much data as possible in…

Developing a hybrid phone app with Monaca and Phonegap

Background What was the problem? We needed a phone app for our commercial application. Our web stack is built on ASP.net MVC and we use C# on the backend. Xamarin - Not right for us Naturally there has been alot of buzz around Xamarin, so I gave it a…

What is a startup anyway?

I've come to the conclusion that the word/phrase 'Start-up' is now totally without useful meaning. This has probably been true for a while, but I constantly see its use abused, conflated and inverted. Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startup_company] defines it as: > Startup: a company, a partnership…

Tips for a .NET startup

Over the past two years I've been standing on the shoulders of giants (read: stealing code/ hiding my sources) in order to create and launch my start-up (oh how I hate calling it a start-up). So, if you use .Net and you'd like my opinion on some of the best…

No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank

I’ve always admired the quotes of Anne Frank [http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/anne_frank.html], for several reasons. Firstly, even through translation her brevity and clarity are hard to match in any form of literature I’ve ever read. The quote “I must uphold my ideals,…