Articles Tagged ‘UI’

I’m Hiring, Come and Work with Me

Update 4th Feb 2017: I’m looking for a new front-end developer. If you think this could be you, have a look at the front-end developer job description
Update 4th Feb 2014: I’ve successfully recruited two new developers to fill these roles, thank you to everyone who has applied. I will update this page as roles become available.
Update 13th August 2014: I’m looking for another front-end developer, and we’re also looking for a Java developer. If you want to apply, or know anyone who would suit, get in touch

I’m looking for two very talented developers to come and join me at Yell to work on yell.com. With over 22 million users a month, Yell.com holds a prominent position in the UK’s online industries. Over the coming months, we are looking to push the boundaries of our user interface to maintain and improve our usage and user satisfaction. As part of the Technology team, with your help we will use the latest technologies to design exciting new interactions for desktop and mobile browsers. It’s a tough challenge, and to do it, I need some great people to join my team.

Here are the two job descriptions: Front End Developer and UI Developer

I’m looking for people who are adaptable and are willing to learn new technology quickly. I’m after developers who will do the right thing for the long-term, over fixing a problem quickly. I want developers who are familiar with new technology, and how it can be applied to get the absolute best performance out of the web browser, and importantly, I need someone who can appreciate the differences in browsers and know how to get the best out of them, no matter how big or small the screen size is.

In return, you will get freedom to implement features as you see fit, and access to the tools that you need to do your job. The role is based in central Reading, just by the mainline train station (25 minutes from London Paddington). The office itself is large and spacious, with a great restaurant/cafeteria on the 10th floor with some of the best views over the city, and pretty decent coffee throughout the rest of the building. There’s a whole host of other benefits (including competitive salaries, naturally) that you’ll be told about if you join us.

If you want to apply, or know more information, contact me, tweet me, or just apply. Please note, you have to be eligible to work in the UK or hold a valid work visa to get either of these roles.

Hardware, then UI, will drive mobile forward

It’s Mobile World Congress 2011 this week, and amongst the throngs of Honeycomb tablets, Nokia and Microsoft square dancing on the showroom floor, there are a few announcements that may not be hugely exciting to the general public, but that the tech community should be giggling with glee about.

I’m talking about this:

Kal-El benchmark, courtesy of Anandtech

Kal-El benchmark, courtesy of Anandtech

This is Nvidia announcing the Kal-El SoC (System on Chip), a 12-core Tegra 2 GPU mixed with a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, all on one chip. Even better yet, this chip will be seen in tablet computers in 6 months time. That’s an incredibly aggressive timeline considering the brand new Tegra 2 chip is only 9 days old, and yet it’s performance has already been doubled.

The even bigger news that has slipped by, is that that’s not all.

Tegra 2 roadmap

Tegra 2 roadmap, courtesy of Anandtech

Notice the scale on the left hand side. Whilst the new chips are rising in a linear fashion, that’s a logarithmic scale, so every year, these chips will double in power. By 2014, we should have SoCs in mobile computers that are 4 times as fast as a Core i7 CPU and 25 times faster than a Core2 Duo. That’s an amazing amount of computational power in a chip the size of a peanut with a TDP of ~1W.

Modern UIs need this power
So what are we going to do with all this power? Whilst it’ll be like having an XBox 360 in your pocket, games aren’t the only thing that will use this power.

Just take a look at Microsoft’s Beauty of the Web demo site, showing off IE9’s hardware acceleration enabling it to make blizzards with HTML5 web technologies. That’s just the start of what we’ll be able to do with this power. Think how useful Honeycomb’s 3D Google maps will be, and think how it can be used to empower a mobile workforce, being able to take your entire desktop with you and have it work like your desktop pc. It will enable the mobile user to process huge data sets which previously would have been a server job, letting the workforce make complex decisions quickly and on the move.

Of course, don’t expect things to change overnight. The first things to happen will be “true” multi-tasking, then a proliferation of HD video including Skype. It’s taken years for web developers to embrace CSS3 functions, it’ll take another few years to truly embrace canvas, SVG and WebGL.

The future vision is coming
At CES 2009, Microsoft showed off a video for their Office of 2019 concept (below). The hardware announced today will drive this forward and enable developers to make these UIs of the future. I can’t wait to be part of this future

Images in this post are from Anandtech.com