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Moving from an engineering giant to Rock Solid Knowledge

Posted: Tuesday, 1 December 2020

As an employee of an engineering giant, I enjoyed all the perks of working for a large organisation. Then earlier this year, I left after working there for a little over two years to join Rock Solid Knowledge. A risky and bold career move, some might say.

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Diary of a developer switching to working from home

Posted: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

I have never worked from home before, and 2020 has changed how I work and think about working within a development team. Find out how Rock Solid Knowledge has helped us to adapt to the new "normal"...

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How we have improved the technical writing of our teams (2/2)

Posted: Friday, 23 October 2020

Being able to write clear, professional technical documentation is vital in the software industry. Learn how we have worked hard to raise our writing standards up to the same level we expect in our code. This is the second in a two-part series of articles.

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How we have improved the technical writing of our teams (1/2)

Posted: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

If you are a developer, you will know your role is not purely about writing code. Being able to write clear, professional technical documentation is vital in the software industry. Rock Solid Knowledge have worked hard to raise the standard of the technical writing of our team. This is the first in a two-part series of articles.

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Switching to Tailwind CSS, a utility-first CSS framework

Posted: Thursday, 2 July 2020

What is Tailwind CSS? What is a utility-first CSS framework? Find out how switching from bespoke CSS, Bootstrap, or other frameworks can help improve your front-end development productivity and maintenance.

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Umbraco Contributing Gold Partner

Posted: Thursday, 9 April 2020

We have been awarded Umbraco Contributing Gold Partner status for our significant contribution to the Umbraco open source project and community...

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Umbraco Spark

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2020

We recently sponsored and attended Umbraco Spark, the Bristol-based Umbraco conference that focuses on forward-thinking and technical innovation

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Locking & async/await

Posted: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

You may have noticed that the C# compiler gets very upset if you try to use an `await` inside a `lock` statement. There is a reason for this but what if you need synchronization when calling async methods?

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CODECABIN19

Posted: Monday, 18 November 2019

Last month Karl Tynan was lucky enough to be accepted and attend a fantastic event for Umbraco developers called CODECABIN...

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Codegarden19 - Karl's review

Posted: Thursday, 30 May 2019

Karl's review of Codegarden19, the official Umbraco developer conference in Odense, Denmark...

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Catch Me Who Can

Posted: Monday, 14 January 2019

Using a mobile device to enhance town trails for all, and providing insights into how the trail is used.  Creating opportunities for targeted marketing

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The umBristol Umbraco V8 hackathon

Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2018

As part of the umBristol Christmas Party day of events, our developer, Karl Tynan, recently attended the Umbraco V8 hackathon on a boat in Bristol.

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Decoupling views and navigation Xamarin.Forms

Posted: Thursday, 4 October 2018

Navigation in Xamarin.Forms is tightly coupled to the UI. How can you go about breaking that coupling and making your ViewModels more testable?

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Special combo: Emma's Umbraco talks tour

Posted: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Emma talks about the talks she will be touring at various Umbraco festivals over the next few months, using her latest talk “Special Combo! When Umbraco and Mobile App Development combine”...

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Awaiting multiple tasks effectively

Posted: Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Working with the Task API and async and await makes consuming asynchronous operations very straightforward. However, what if I want to process several asynchronous operations concurrently?

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In Dances the PKCE Protocol

Posted: Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Read how to use the PKCE protocol to allow you to achieve secure authentication in your Xamarin applications using the OidcClient library...

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Mobile app development is key of 2018

Posted: Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Many of us have seen the rise in mobile use, it now seems strange that you would be without a smart phone and also not to use it to order products and help keep our lives in order.

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Xamarin.Forms tip: How to restrict entry view

Posted: Monday, 22 January 2018

As a Xamarin Forms developer sometimes all you need is a way to ensure that users of your application only enter specific characters into Entry views. For me, it was to restrict the entry to numeric characters and a single decimal.

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Creation of an Alexa skill using an internal HR API

Posted: Thursday, 23 November 2017

With the automation of HR management here at Rock Solid Knowledge we wanted to create a new way to remember who was meant to be in the office. So with a recent office purchase of an Amazon Echo, I decided to take on the development of an interactive program that could be invoked via Alexa...

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Gloucester History Festival is a huge success thanks to app

Posted: Friday, 10 November 2017

This year's Gloucester History Festival was the most successful ever - thanks to an amazing line-up of famous speakers and the new, easy to use website and mobile app provided by Rock Solid Knowledge...

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Gloucester History Festival companion app

Posted: Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Gloucester History Festival is an annual event in and around Gloucester. In this case study, Rock Solid Knowledge describe our process for developing a CMS-driven companion app…

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Something about nothing

Posted: Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I must admit when I first saw the list of new language features for C# 6 like many I wasn’t that impressed, especially off the back of async/await. This last month I have at last started my first new real C# 6 project and I must say while the features have not been earth shattering they are actually a joy to use…

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Unit testing decorator base classes

Posted: Tuesday, 12 September 2017

When using the decorator pattern it is a common practice to create a base class implementation of the abstraction that simply forwards all calls to the decorated class. This means that in the actual functional decorators, once you derive from this base class, you only need to implement the behaviour for the specific methods...

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Let's stop the async suffix BS

Posted: Thursday, 7 September 2017

There is a common pattern that is used in .NET APIs where anything that returns a Task has the suffix Async…

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Working with CancellationToken and Dispose

Posted: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

CancellationToken were introduced in .NET 4.0 as a general purpose cancellation framework. It is often associated with Task as that was the first API to it. However, it is, in fact, independent of Task and should be used wherever you are supporting the concept of cancellation as async APIs you may call with be designed with it in mind…

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