Launching the Retirement Adviser Directory

On the 7th April we launched the Retirement Adviser Directory. This marked the culmination of over six months of work. The project aimed to provide people reaching retirement age with a directory they can use to search a list of regulated financial advisers who can help them plan for retirement. The project was split into […]

Contributing to Open Source Software Projects

This Saturday I participated in my first hackathon in Vienna, Austria. Along with roughly 60 other attendees we gathered for ROSSconf (Ruby Open Source Software Conference) in the fabulous Sektor5 offices to hear five speakers talk about the open source projects they are passionate about. They gave us an introduction to their project, and some […]

Bath Ruby Conference 2015

Friday, 13th March a small cadre of developers from the the Money Advice Service development team traveled to historic Bath to attend the first annual Bath Ruby conference. Organised by Simon Starr the conference was held in the beautiful chandelier-lit Assembly Rooms, generously donated to the conference by the Bath & North East Somerset Council. […]

A basic implementation of SVG sprites

As devices with high definition displays have become the norm the Money Advice Service development team has had to consider moving away from bitmap image formats to more flexible vector-based formats, such as scaleable vector graphics (SVG). However, the MAS website is required to support Internet Explorer 8 as part of our organisation’s browser matrix, […]

Open Source Inspiration at FOSDEM 2015

On 31 January I attended the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting. FOSDEM is a collection of over 550 lectures, attended by over 5000 developers who have a passion for open-source software. Set in the Université Libre de Bruxelles which, astoundingly, provide the venue to the organisers free of charge, the conference runs over […]