Activity graphs for software engineers: more harm than good?

tl;dr I'd like to see services like GitHub and GitLab give users the option to hide their contribution activity to help foster a healthier environment. Activity (or contribution) graphs provide a visual representation of someone's contributions to something over time. They're popular in the engineering scene, with services like GitHub and GitLab using them to display a user's repository activity such as opening a pull/merge request, committing code and participating ...

Why green computing matters

Making websites has become easy. As creatures of habit, we use the same tools we love to get our job done. As the world is slowly but surely facing irreversible changes because of human activities, what can we do to help as developers? Whilst technology has brought a lot of benefits to the world, it’s also responsible for issues such as increased carbon emissions. According to this Greenpeace report, “The ...

Why accessibility should be a priority, not an afterthought

We often talk about user-centered design and development, however the process rarely includes accessibility and UX research with users with disabilities or impairments. (Web) accessibility is the practice of making your websites usable by as many people as possible, thus providing equal access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, to people with disabilities or impairments. Simply put, accessibility is a basic human right.

How I learnt about accessibility as a junior developer

As a developer, you want to ensure your work is accessible, but it can be hard to know where or how to start. You’ve been trained to write semantic HTML & add alt tags, but is that enough? What about a Lighthouse score of 100 — does that cover everything? (Hint: It doesn’t!)

How the Web works.

If you're starting out in web development or are a bit rusty about the general scaffolding and technologies required to make the web possible, this high level overview could help you avoid time-consuming setbacks. Knowing how the web works enables developers to make informed architectural decisions, pinpoint bottlenecks and errors, and build solutions that are optimised for the medium they're intended for. My intention is to provide enough clarity on ...

A web developer’s guide to Google Cloud

At Potato we proudly use Google Cloud services to host our projects (except in cases where a client has a preference for another cloud provider) and have used App Engine since the beginning. This has had numerous benefits for us as a business, not least in the current remote working climate.

An Introduction to Deno

Since its introduction in 2009, Node.js has gained huge popularity and usage. But with that, issues with its ecosystem, feature adoption and dependency bloat have started to surface. So, in true JavaScript community style, there's a new kid on the block: Deno 🦕

How Potato Code Remotely

At the time of writing, we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. As with most other companies, the lockdown has required us at Potato to rapidly change the way we work day-to-day. We’re a tech company, so that has given us a big advantage in this rapid and unsettling change of routine. But as a company, we’ve historically encouraged our engineers to travel into our central London office most ...