# misc

Automated dependency updates for your internal GitLab server️

Are your dependencies hopelessly outdated? Would you need to hire another developer just to keep up with the maintenance work of keeping them up-to-date? If those questions match your project then this blog post is for you. Keep reading and we will show you how to solve a lot of these issues with some easy to use tools.

Tobias Bieniek

April 24, 2019

# simplabs

simplabs monthly update - April 2019

Welcome to the second installment of our monthly update. Each month we cover the events and activities that have been happening at simplabs along with the things we're looking forward to. Enjoy.

Mark Coleman

April 5, 2019

# javascript

SPAs, PWAs and SSR

Single Page Apps, Progressive Web Apps and classic Server side rendered websites are often seen as orthogonal approaches to building web apps where only one is best suited for a particular project and one has to make a choice to go with one of them. In this post we'll explore why that doesn't have to be the case, since all 3 approaches can actually be combined in order to achieve the best result.

Marco Otte-Witte

April 5, 2019

# simplabs

Qonto project

We're very pleased to announce that we've started working with Qonto, a Paris based VC funded Fintech startup who are "the ideal banking alternative for freelancers, startups and SMEs."

Mark Coleman

March 29, 2019

# elixir

Elixir Umbrella Applications and Testing with Mox

What's the big deal with Elixir umbrellas?

An Elixir umbrella is a container for mix apps; a structure useful to separate the application's concerns as each app is contained within its own mix project.

Why is this cool?

Because it's like Lego and Lego is cool.

Who's Mox you ask?

Mox is cool too... Let's dive in!

Niklas Long

March 13, 2019

# ember

Ember.js: The Documentary - Berlin Screening

Following on from last week's premiere in Amsterdam the new HoneyPot film 'Ember: A Mini Documentary' will be shown in Berlin this evening (2019-02-11).

The film is a deep dive into the world of Ember.js and includes an interview with our CEO Marco Otte-Witte. After the screening Jessica Jordan from simplabs will present 'Everything They Didn't Tell You About the Ember Community' which will be followed by a Q&A.

Mark Coleman

February 11, 2019

# ember

Ember.js: The Documentary - Amsterdam Premiere

We're very pleased to announce that simplabs are featured in the new HoneyPot film 'Ember: A Mini Documentary' that will premiere in Amsterdam this evening (2019-02-08).

The film is a deep dive into the world of Ember.js and includes an interview with our CEO Marco Otte-Witte. After the screening there will also be a Q&A with Yehuda Katz & Special Guests!

Mark Coleman

February 8, 2019

# testing

Factories best practices

Writing tests is like drinking beer 🍻. When you first try it, the taste is really quite unpalatable, but everyone else around you is doing it and they seem to be enjoying it. You've heard about all the benefits of it, people won't stop telling you how great it is, how it changed their lives for the better. Also there is a lot of peer pressure and judgement involved, don't be that dev... so you conceal your grimace and keep trying it, on a daily basis here at simplabs. And just like beer, in no time at all, on a long hot day, when you feel yourself tiring of writing all those features and tweaking all that CSS, you realise that what you need to relax is to write a good, concise, logical, cool and refreshing test. At least that's been my experience and I want to share a few tips for factories so that your tests are easy for your friends, colleagues, the next developer to read.

Andy Brown

December 20, 2018