Blog Category: Blog

Thoughts, insights all hot off the virtual press.

Blog | 17 April 2019

Using BigQuery & GitHub to Build a Giant Dataset of JavaScript Functions

David explores a huge GitHub dataset of open source code looking for patterns in JavaScript functions
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Blog | 27 March 2019

Mastering WordPress rewrite rules

At BrightMinded, we spend a lot of time working with WordPress. We really do know it inside out! However, we often find ourselves needing to go above and beyond the out-of-the-box capabilities that WordPress core provides us with. A frequent complaint we hear, both from members of our team and the wider development community, is that WordPress lacks a proper routing system, of the sort provided by modern web frameworks like Laravel, Express.js or Django. However, with a little knowledge of how the WordPress routing (rewrite) system works, there is no reason for it to limit the development possibilities available.
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Blog | 20 March 2019

How to set up BitBucket Pipelines

BitBucket Pipelines is a service that allows you to easily set up automated deployment on a remote server. In this post, we will detail the steps involved and explain how everything works.
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Blog | 13 March 2019

Fake it ’till you make it: on art, learning, economy and strange bedrooms

Your company has just moved into a new office. You and your team realised that it could do with some decorating and a touch of personalisation. What do you do? Hire a decorator? Buy art online? Nah. At BrightMinded we decided to take matters into our own hands the best way we know how! Here’s a non-technical account of something we tried.
30 samples of art produced by the WGAN
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Blog | 06 March 2019

Redirects validator and exporter

If only there were a tool to turn redirect mappings from clients into something Apache understands, validating and error-reporting along the way….
Redirects Validator & Exporter
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Blog | 27 February 2019

Building a flexible, animated timeline in WordPress

Displaying a brief history of BrightMinded.
BrightMinded timeline
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Blog | 20 February 2019

What is Rubber Duck Debugging and does it work?

As programmers, problem solving is a big part of the software development process. Frequently these problems are complicated enough that we need help, and in these moments it is tempting to turn to our co-workers for assistance. But there’s a better alternative: Rubber Duck Debugging. In software development, rubber duck debugging is a method of debugging code.
Rubber duckies in the office
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Blog | 23 December 2015

Blockchain content licensing for Cognitive Computing

At the time of this writing there is no satisfactory business model that addresses licensing of copyrighted content for use in Cognitive Computing Applications (CCAs) and APIs such as IBM Watson™. We propose a novel solution based on Blockchain technology that simultaneously guarantees proof of ownership of the content, incentivises the content owner/publisher to distribute via the new channel and guarantees pricing fairness and cost control for CCAs implementors through accurate measure of actual, real-time content usage.
Mobile phone showing TRAIN ME Pro app
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Blog | 25 November 2015

Accessibility for front-end developers

Most front-end developers understand what accessibility is, and why it’s a good idea, but for many of us it’s an area filled with confusion and conflicting advice. I want to show how accessibility doesn’t have to be complex, and that by building it in from the start we can build better experiences for our users.
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Blog | 22 September 2015

Our blockchain event

A funny thing happened on the way out of the office on a Friday evening. It turned out that Gerry Hussein, ­the organiser of the Brighton and Hove Ethereum Meetup group I had just joined a few days earlier, ­works in our building. In fact just two doors away from our office! Gerry is a business analyst and an advocate of new, potentially disruptive technologies in both the social and business realms. I on the other hand needed an excuse to play with an exciting piece of tech called Blockchains ­an implementation of which is, you guessed it, Ethereum. Gerry had the excellent idea of joining forces to organise an event for the Brighton Digital Festival that would be focussed on exploring different perspectives: the socio­political aspects (Gerry’s turf), possible applications (Gerry’s turf), and the actual technology (my turf!). It seemed the right time to do this for several reasons: ­Blockchains have the potential to become a disruptive technology and a whole world of opportunity and rewards is available to those pioneers who establish themselves early. ­
Overview room Digital Catapult Blockchain event
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