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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 ...

Building a Mobile App - some points

Summary We get a lot of requests to build apps and there's a lot of things to consider before progressing.  Hopefully here we'll demystify a few preconceptions and help you decide what's right for you. Why Apps? Apps have a massive advantage to (most) websites (we won't talk about progressive webapps just yet): they're running on the user's mobile/cell phone which is the opp ...

What is Ukie?

We’re a not-for-profit trade body that represents over 400 of the UK’s games and interactive businesses - including multinational publishers, innovative UK-owned studios, VR and AR companies, esports tournament organisers and technology providers.

Software Architecture: Why and When?

Synopsis In this blog post we're going to cover where architecture fits in the new world of agile development and why it is still required. What is Software Architecture? It's best described by making use of an analogy. I have a problem: I need an office.. The Architect helps me to formulate what I need versus the budget I have; how many people?  how many desks?  what faci ...

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