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Unity prototyping with VR

Unity is great for quickly scaffolding up the build for a VR or AR application. With inbuilt integration with vuforia for AR, and Oculus or OpenVR for the VR side. This means that without having to go through the rigmarole of searching through various websites for there SDK's, and you can get down to the fun part of actually building your application. You can, however, go to other VR development providers such as HTC and Google for there SDK’s and install them to build for their platforms. 

UX Case Study Series: The Giving Machine

TheGivingMachine is a registered charity that enables online shoppers to support a wide array of causes within the UK (e.g. schools, charities and a whole host of community groups). Shoppers can raise free donations for their chosen causes while they shop online – donations are generated via affiliate marketing raising commissions which are then donated to registered shopper’s chosen causes.

TheGivingMachine Team are a genuinely lovely bunch. Their passion for restoring a sense of giving and community is so refreshing in the divided times we live in as of late. Basically, you’d want them to be your neighbours as I imagine they’re the type of people that are always going to have the correct bins out and they’d never take your parking space without asking first. A thoroughly awesome group!  

What happens when you try to deliver software projects without the right technical management

The biggest bugbear with one of the many roles I perform is the misconception that technical project management is just a fancier name for project management. It really isn’t. 

Technical Project Management and Project Managers more generally have some shared elements.

  • Reporting on task progress
  • Raising issues and risks
  • Tracking actions
  • Tracking burn/spend

Maintaining Harmony Between Designers and Developers

More and more we are beginning to see designers learning code and coders learning design. Creating a beautiful hybrid of designer / developer. However, discovering an individual with a passion and understanding of both design and code is rare. So, until the days arise where the hybrid take over, designers and developers need to learn to work together...

Why Integrations are still hard in 2019

We were promised personalised medicines, jet packs and flying cars by now..  why is integration still difficult?

What's "Integration"?

In short, it's connecting two systems or data sets together.  This could be as mundane as ensuring that an app has access to your employee lists all the way to merging companies and ensuring that information is shared effectively across all of their systems.

For app/websites/platforms we're typically connecting data to the platform via APIs or data access and/or connecting multiple systems so the approach is seamless.

For data / BI / Big Data projects are largely about ensuring that the right data, at the right granularity and the right time period are viewable and usable.

Using Swagger in Umbraco 8

At Code Wizards, we love Umbraco. It's a fantastic flexible CMS and, for us, it's the right tool for the job 99% of the time.

But if you've not spent a lot of time with Umbraco it can sometimes be a little unclear how you can add middleware in to the OWIN pipeline.

Especially when a new major version of Umbraco is released and things have drastically changed.

R U Hacking 2019 Season

We were thrilled to be part of R U Hacking. A great event with a fantastic group of talented and enthusiastic hackers. #RUHacking It was encouraging to see the wide array of technologies being employed and fascinating to learn about how each team decided on their challenge and solution.  Teams didn't play it safe and many of them utilised languages and frameworks they had neve ...

R.U. Hacking

Reading University Hacking and Henley Business School our proud to present there second annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over Thames Valley, and the rest of the UK and EU!

Whether you're completely new to programming or are a seasoned hackathon veteran, you are welcome to join them in this fun and collaborative invention marathon! Bring your laptops and bright ideas, and we'll cover food, power and Wi-Fi - beginners welcome!

Alok Sharma Visit

Code Wizards were proud to welcome the Her Majesty’s Government’s Minister of State for Employment on Friday.

Alok Sharma MP graciously gave his time to visit Code Wizard’s Reading office to see how a high tech IT company researches and develops technology for its clients.

As part of the visit the discussion covered the use of research and development in UK businesses and the importance of this continuing post-brexit; how we encourage the increased export of these skills and technologies to other territories; and how games, esports and gaming fit into Code Wizards’ repertoire and the challenges they are currently facing in the current climate.

Using React as a front end for Umbraco

Umbraco is great but have you ever thought about using a single page application framework on top of it? I enjoy building responsive, reactive and immersive web front ends but using the MVC/Razor engine doesn't always achieve that. Most interactions with a multi-page app are as simple as hyperlinks or html form posts. Certain effects can be achieved purely with CSS, but these ...

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