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Using UUIDs

Posted in July 2015 

Usually we just use incrementing integers as primary keys on our database objects however in Coact we're using UUIDs instead.

Staytus — an open source status site

Posted in July 2015 

Staytus is another open source project I got off the ground a few months ago. It provides a content management system for managing service statuses for your network or web...


Posted in July 2015 

A couple of weekends ago, I found myself needing some sort of application to manage the annual budget for aTech but manage my personal monthly budget. I tried to create...

A new website

Posted in May 2015 

We're currently working on making our branding more consistent. This started when we launched the new aTech Identity interface and then started our new suggestions site.

Preparing a new Mac

Posted in April 2015 

I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my trusty Macbook Pro from Mavericks to Yosemite and taken the opportunity to give the machine a bit of a cleanup. I...

String Interpolation in Rails

Posted in April 2015 

A while ago I wrote a small library to handle string interpolation in a Rails application. The library allows you to safely allow users to insert variables into strings they...

Creating MOSS returns for HMRC with JSON

Posted in March 2015 

HMRC (the UK tax authority) have finally announced how UK businesses should submit details of their digital sales to other EU countries for their new VAT MOSS system. In my...

Billing, SaaS startups & accounting software

Posted in March 2015 

After speaking to a few people, I've noticed that a number of startups and SaaS companies are unsure on the best way to integrate their custom billing systems with their...

A new look aTech Identity

Posted in March 2015 

For those of you who don't know, aTech Identity is our single sign on system which is used across many of our apps to allow you to login to any...

Merging Pull Requests on GitHub

Posted in March 2015 

Today I’m talking about the merge button on GitHub, why you shouldn’t use it and presenting an alternative which is cleaner & easier to use.

Improve session security in Rails apps

Posted in February 2015 

In Rails applications, it’s really easy to allow users to login to your application. You ask them for a username & password, you check they’re correct and you pop their...