Getting Microsoft Graph working

Last year we had to build a Cordova App and ship it on Windows Phones. It was a world of pain, and whilst I really think Microsoft are doing some great new stuff, some of their older stuff is not so great. This week I've been working on importing mail…

Javascript is difficult, get over it

As mentioned for the past twelve months I've spent a lot of my time learning Javascript properly. Like most front-enders, I had a pretty good grasp of jQuery but our switch in focus to apps, has meant a better knowledge of vanilla Javascript was necessary. Jose Aguinaga's recent post on…

I used to build websites...

I love what I do, but truth be told, the older I get and the older my children get, the more important it becomes that amillionmonkeys pays the bills. Historically, that has meant websites. Lots of them. And developing a fierce workflow, that meant I could produce progressive, content-managed, responsive…

Wordpress isn't the problem.

At amillionmonkeys, almost all our projects involve either Perch or Laravel. But since the new year we've been working on two Wordpress projects. The first project was website for a PR firm we work for who wanted a way to distribute editorial content. To build the site we used Eddie…

When did this become so difficult...

I've just started work on a new web app... The process to get the app running locally goes something like this... Pull down the git repo Install node Install bower and get any packages Install composer and get any dependencies Install grunt Seed the database Build the pattern lab Oh…

To side project or not to side project...

For nearly four years I've been immersed in client work. Good proper client work. They send me a comp. I suggest some revisions. They make amends, I build it (or at least get it built), be it a website, app, email or whatever. I've been fortunate in that we've never…

Our first app..

We've just had our first iOS app approved by the gods at Apple. It's an internal comms tool for a ridiculously large company based in London who really should have an internal dev team. The app works something like this: Administrators can post news articles and ask users questions via…

On finding good freelancers

amillionmonkeys is a tiny agency. Two of us are permanent full-time staff and the rest of the work is done by a handful of freelancers. Over the past twelve months we've said hello and bye-bye to a fair few freelancers, here are a few things we've learned in the process.…

On managing projects

Dan Edwards wrote an interesting article on Medium yesterday about how No Divide manage projects. If you're running an agency or even a freelancer it's worth reading or watching the video below which the article is based on. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="…

On ditching Photoshop

Over the past twelve months I've done much less designing and much more running the business and handing stuff over to freelancers, but recently it's just made sense for me to do a bit of designing again. I've always designed website in either Photoshop or Illustrator but a few things…