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Transitioning from student to web developer at Springtimesoft

After having studied web development for two years, the time had come for me to complete a 10 week placement at a web development company as part of my final exam. I sent out numerous emails to web development companies all over New Zealand and was lucky enough to hear back from Perrin at Springtimesoft with an offer to carry out my final exam with them. This blog post will hopefully provide a glimpse into the challenges, little victories and lessons learned while taking the big step from student to web developer in the hope to encourage others into web and software development careers.

Our experience upgrading from Silverstripe 4 to Silverstripe 5

When you build a project using the Silverstripe CMS you know the time will come when a major version will be released, based on past experience it’s not one that necessarily fills you with joy. On May 4th 2023 Silverstripe released version 5.0 into the wild, as Silverstripe specialists we’d been keeping an eye on the alpha and beta versions. But it’s only when you get a stable release that you can really get your hands dirty and see how extensive or trivial the upgrade path is going to be.

Digital sustainability for websites

Digital sustainability is about utilising the tools of digital transformation to improve the environment and support sustainable business operations.

How we track our time at Springtimesoft

Time tracking. The old behemoth. The bane of service providers everywhere. Whether you bill for time or not, as a service provider it is essential that you can effectively and efficiently track how you spend your time and how long activities take you and your team.

Defence in Depth

A Web Application Firewall (from here on out known as a WAF) is a piece of software or hardware that provides a layer of protection for web applications (websites) on the internet.

Reflecting on 2020

Over the course of 2020 we heard, as you likely did too, the same phrases repeated (and probably said them a few times too). When can 2020 be over. These are unprecedented times.

User testing from home

Moderated user testing is something most traditionally done in person. The ability to read body language, recognise appropriate timing for follow up questions or probe a little further into something the user paused over, are all much easier when you’re sitting in the same room.

Springtimesoft in Kawakawa Bay 2019

2019 has been a big year here at Springtimesoft, and so for the first week of December we all got together in Kawakawa Bay to reflect, celebrate and recharge.

NetHui 2019: Safety, inclusion and wellbeing on the open Internet

Last week Ben and Laura attended NetHui 2019 — a gathering of people from industry, policy makers and community to discuss all things internet, with a specific focus on ‘Safety, inclusion and wellbeing on the open Internet’. Essentially, over two days we heard about and discussed some of the biggest challenges we face as not only providers of technology services, but simply as users of the internet.

Integration & automation

In business we often find ourselves performing very repetitive tasks, especially when it comes to things like invoicing or year-end. Individual documents need to be generated for each client, personalised, stored for record keeping, and finally emailed out to clients. This can be done manually when dealing with just a few, however as that number grows, the system becomes extremely prone to human error - update the wrong information, save it under the wrong name, or email it to the wrong person.
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