Putting Jetpacks On Our Membership Platforms; How the FT made message processing near real time in salesforce.com

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In 2015 the FT replaced its monolithic subscription and entitlements system – replacing it with a platform of microservices and APIs (Find out more here). This provided the FT with a modern, scalable platform for managing our users and subscriptions on FT.com.

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The Bootcamp Experience

Earlier this year, I joined FT’s membership team as a Java Developer. On a typical day, the membership team are responsible for developing and maintaining a series of microservices which provide APIs for FT to manage its subscribers through our various mobile platforms. This includes setting up new subscriptions on the FT site/mobile app, which our web application services are able to handle and ensure customers are successfully subscribed and more importantly, have access to content they are paying for. Continue reading “The Bootcamp Experience”

Automated API testing

catmemeDeveloping microservices with RESTful APIs means a large amount of testing will involve hitting endpoints and checking the results. From the tester’s point of view, this is a lot of doing the same thing over and over, hitting the same endpoints over and over.

As a result we concluded that automated tests was the way to go. We collectively decided to go with BDD style testing to make it easy for anyone to understand the test output. Continue reading “Automated API testing”

The Nitty Gritty

As you know last month we entered the BCS UK IT Awards under ‘Digital Project of the year’ for our successful removal of eRights for our digital subscribers and smooth implementation of microservices as an effective replacement.

The entire process took seven months. Seven months to uplift a decade old service, scrape off all the leftovers, clean the systems and put a brand new system in place, as well as ensuring the new system catered to our modern customer’s needs. Seven months sounds like a long time, but really this is only 24 weeks (approx.), 168 days, perhaps around 600-800 hours. This was certainly no mean feat..

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‘Get to know Sue, our new Head of Design’

Hi Sue, welcome to the FT! You’ve just joined as the Head of Design for Product. What’s your background?
When I was young I loved fine art, but being far too sensible at 18 I abandoned the idea of being an artist in my garret, and went on to study Typography at Reading University. It was here I developed a nerdy passion for text based graphic design that has influenced my work choices ever since. Continue reading “‘Get to know Sue, our new Head of Design’”

Origami and 177 FT sites

The FT has a lot of websites. More than just FT.com. These sites can be split into some categories:

  1. Things displaying news content to customers. FT.com, things built by the interactive graphics team, Google AMP stories, Facebook Instant Articles
  2. Things talking about the FT itself. Marketing micro-sites, FTLive events pages, things that are about the FT but not the FT
  3. Separate publications. The FT owns about 15 other publications such as www.thebanker.com, www.money-media.com, and www.ftadviser.com.
  4. Internal sites and tools. The sites people use to do their jobs, be that writing articles, managing subscriptions or monitoring uptime.

I don’t know exactly how many sites the FT currently has, I have a spreadsheet with 177 rows in it which is how many I’ve found so far*.
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Meetup @FT: Testing Security as Part of Continuous Delivery

At the end of May the FT was excited to host the London Continuous Delivery meetup with the topic ‘Testing Security as Part of CD (Continuous Delivery)’. The focus was on trying to build security into software from the start.

There were two excellent presentations. One from Phil Parker, a partner at Equal Experts, and another from Ian T Price who is an independent consultant. Both presentations and a link to the meetup can be found at the end of this post.

Here are some of the most interesting takeaways from the two presentations.

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