We switched on the new ft.com as the default for our customers on 5 October.
Here’s eleven interesting software engineering facts about it. Continue reading “FT.com – 11 facts”
The FT recently sent me on a Varnish administration course run by Varnish Software; based just around the corner from our London office.
It was a brilliant two days of learning all about Varnish cache and the VCL language, making good use of The Varnish Book for course material.
Here are some tips on tuning Varnish cache that we discussed during the course. Continue reading “Tuning Varnish Cache”
At the Financial Times we’ve recently released a new version of our website, FT.com. “Next FT”, as we’ve come to know it, is now the default experience for our users, and so far it’s proving to be a great one: It’s faster, it’s nicer, it’s better; a success across the board . Yet there’s an aspect of our new site we have largely overlooked: accessibility (a11y).
In this post we will explore what web accessibility is, why it’s important, the current state of accessibility at FT.com and the work we’re doing to improve it.
This will be the first of a series of posts that will document our progress on web accessibility at FT.com. Continue reading “The case for accessibility”
Approximately a year has passed since Salesforce announced the new Lightning experience. And what a year for Salesforce! At first I thought ‘this is going to take a while, there’s going to be a learning curve, probably known bugs to deal with’, we tentatively started switching on the New Lightning Experience to play around with the new User Interface. In a short while we tested some visualforce pages embedded in the new Salesforce application. Finally, this summer we made the leap to building the first Lightning components and Lightning application.
Lightning Components Framework: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/lightning/intro_framework.htm
Open source Aura Framework: http://documentation.auraframework.org/auradocs
One of my favourite series as a child was ‘The Flash’. He could miraculously find himself from his home dressed in pyjamas, down the street in front of a shop window within seconds. When I built my first Lightning app this year, the images from ‘The Flash’ running around with the speed of light immediately came to my mind. Three words: fast, simple, beautiful. No wonder they named it Lightning. Continue reading “The Year of Lightning”
The new and improved FT website, launching 5 October, has many exciting and engaging new features, one of which is the subject of my own team’s focus: myFT.
Recently we had two new graduate engineers join the FT Technology department. We asked them to tell us about their first impressions of the FT and their own individual teams they have started working in. Continue reading “My First Week At The FT As A Graduate Engineer”
Fresh faces in FT Technology – Our rotating graduate scheme
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.
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”