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Scaling in Games - creating and removing demand for multiplayer servers cost efficiently

Summary Games present some unique challenges and one of these is efficient scaling for multiplayer games (or indeed any games with a server based element). Let's take a look at why game scaling is hard, and what makes it different to scaling business apps. Multiplayer Games To allow multiple gamers to play a game and have a consistent version of the universe requires a sing ...

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 ...

2019 - Moving Forwards - Retail

Introduction Retail is in turmoil. Online sales are increasing but at lower margins and higher cost demands. Offline sales are decreasing at dramatically lower / pencil-thin margins and footfall is slowing. Retailers are failing and (brexit induced) lack of UK investment is preventing a number of them from being saved and revitalised. There is no magic answer but retailers ...

2019 - Moving Forwards - Voice Technology

Introduction So far we've seen two major ways that we interact with computers.  Firstly we had TUI (Text [based] User Interface) where a user needed to understand the computer's requests and responses.  These were clunky to use in all but the most textually based applications (for example categorising items or adding products etc) and were of little use with graphical assets ...

Code Wizards expansion into Birmingham is huge success

Following the continued expansion of Code Wizards based in Reading, it’s six months since they recently opened a Midlands sales office based at Alpha Works in central Birmingham and they have already become well established within the city.

Established in 2002, Code Wizards quickly established themselves as specialists in web based digital architecture by mixing invention with engineering to help businesses automatically scale their business.

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