2014 in review

2014-goalsAfter getting a whiteboard for Christmas 2013, I decided to get into the habit of writing down my goals for the coming calendar year. This post is just to reflect on how that went, but also review some of the other achievements I’ve had in 2014.

It’s important to recognise the wins in your career and life, as it’s so easy for them to get hidden amongst the drama of the daily grind. I’d urge you to do the same, whether it’s on a blog or on a piece of paper.


The joys of (nearly) becoming a Windows Phone developer

After developing SalaryBot for both iOS and Android platforms, it had crossed my mind that may be the next step would be to develop the app for Windows Phone. After a bit more thought, I decided not to bother, as for the market share I just couldn’t see how this would be worth my effort. Then I got incentivised by Nokia.


Accessing your development server on a mobile device

A common setup in a web development team is to have a shared local development box, which is usually located on a private local area network. Whilst this setup has previously worked well, with the shift of consumer activity to mobile devices well underway, a big problem with this workflow has surfaced itself: how do we develop/test on mobile devices?


Separate mobile and tablet segmentation finally arrives on Analytics

A Google Analytics feature that's been eagerly anticipated for years appears to have been rolled out without any press at all. The ability to accurately segment mobile (smartphone), tablet and desktop has long been desired, and has at some point recently, finally been delivered to Analytics users. … »

How to become a Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) on a budget

Last year I finally took the plunge and went in for my ZCE exam, and thankfully passed first time. I’d like to share with you why and how I did it (on a budget).


Implementing AdMob in your hybrid iOS app (Apache Cordova)

Looking to monetise the hybrid iOS app that you built using a framework like Apache Cordova/PhoneGap? I’ll make the assumption that you aren’t all that familiar with Objective-C, but you’re happy to code away using frontend web technology. This poses an interesting question: How the hell do you integrate AdMob on iOS?


A mobile review of The Drum top 100 digital agencies 2011

As mobile continues to disrupt the ways in which we think about traditional digital marketing, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at how mobile has been used within the UK’s leading digital agencies.


My DIY SEO success story - MySalaryCalculator

UPDATE 2013: This is actually more like a success, failure, then success story - teaching us all to NEVER rely solely on SE traffic. Read the updated version here.

Having just realised the last time I updated this blog was eight months ago, I feel the need to make a post; and what better way to do it than explaining my absence from it. Well folks, this is my story about MySalaryCalculator.co.uk - where quite a bit of my spare time has been spent for the past while.


Salary calculator widget

Following the recent development of the salary calculator, I’m now pleased to announce the launch of the salary calculator widget.


Salary Calculator launched

Today I’ve launched a brand new online salary calculator. Although the concept of salary calculators is nothing new, this one aims to give the user a better experience and also produce accurate results. A common issue between current calculators is misconceptions of tax rules, resulting in inaccurate calculations - defeating the purpose of the product.