12
Dec
2017
We live (and work) where you holiday!

Winter has arrived, and whilst temperatures are plummeting throughout the whole UK, delivering snow and ice, Cornwall still surprises with sunshine and temperatures around 10 degrees. Here in Cornwall “winter” means good waves, empty beaches, frosty but sunny mornings, and Christmas lights in those tiny harbour villages.

29
Nov
2017
Paul Massey talks about “Estimates & Contracts”

This time of year, we are busy planning our annual Christmas party. The recent cold weather has made us reminisce about warm Cornish summer days when one of our favourite conferences takes place: Agile on the Beach! More than 400 attendees joined the conference in Falmouth, which stretched over 2 days. It covered talks on 5 different themes from software development (including coding, testing, delivery techniques, and tools) to agility in business.

16
Nov
2017
From Mission to Mars attendee to Bluefruit Apprentice

A few weeks ago, Bluefruit hosted another successful Mission to Mars course with Software Cornwall. Mission to Mars is a 4-day software development course for young people. During their time together each team tackles the challenge of writing software for our “Mars Rovers". Read more about our apprentice Jordan's inspiring journey from a Mission to Mars attendee to becoming a Software Developer with us. Thank you, Jordan, for sharing your experience and thoughts with us.

12
Oct
2017
Code Smells: Improving a sense of smell in low level debugging

Code Smells...But what is exactly a code smell? Most developers are good at scrutinising code to look for bugs and errors – does the code do what it is supposed to do? Code smells are indicators about parts of the code which are not habitable – is the code readable, easily understandable and extendable, and maintainable?

18
Sep
2017
Say Hi to our 3 amazing Bluefruit apprentices!

We are very excited to introduce Bluefruit’s new Software Developer apprentices Elliot, Ian and Jordan. These guys have gone through a serious selection procedure which included a cyber dojo session, additional development and testing exercises and a presentation to our Team Leads and Paul.

12
Sep
2017
5 common misconceptions about TDD

We’ve talked a lot about our love of test driven development (TDD) at Bluefruit. From improving the quality to our products to increasing the productivity of our team, we’re die hard TDD fans. However, we realise not everyone is 100% sure TDD is the right approach for their embedded software project.

5
Sep
2017
Quality in Embedded Software – How Do We Achieve It?

In our previous blog post we talked about why high quality software is so critical to Bluefruit and that it is at the heart of everything we do. This week we'd like to speak about HOW we achieve quality in our projects. Hint: it's all to do with good communication, testing, and more testing!