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Testing WordPress with Cucumber

I should probably introduce myself first: I’m Mallory, Dextrous Web employee #1. We do quite a bit of work with WordPress, and one of the problems we’ve found is that it doesn’t lend itself to the kind of automated testing that we do with the rest of our projects. The code for themes easily gets […]

The wraps come off data.gov.uk!

The UK’s version of data.gov, ably put together by the Cabinet Office, has just launched in private beta. We got to have a sneak peak, and it’s great! The site is a blend of the US’s equivalent, data.gov, and Directgov | Innovate. It’s got a listing of available data packages, powered by the Comprehensive Knowledge […]

The Learning Revolution Begins…

In five weeks, mostly during August 2009, we put together a bespoke site, built using Ruby on Rails, that communicated the client’s key messages, linked into their existing web presence, allowed users to submit events and for those events to be moderated, allowed organisations with lots of data to import it en masse, and — […]

NHS Choices have a new hospital rating tool

Just discovered (via Twitter) that NHS Choices have released a new tool for users to rate hospitals. Fantastic. Government should embrace user generated content more often than it does, and feedback on Hospitals is a great application for it — but their implementation could do with a bit of tweaking. First: the tool has been […]

Data: Weekly Fuel Prices

James Darling and I met up for a chat about some data-related stuffs this afternoon, and came across this data on average fuel prices via the Office of National Statistics. This struck us both as being very useful (any hauliers out there who want to make some a nice visualisations?) so we threw together a […]

ScenicOrNot: want to play with the data?

mySociety have added a data dump to ScenicOrNot, the site we built for them a couple of months ago. It’s got the photos and all the votes for each of the 181,300 places that have received 3 or more votes since the site launched.

We’re Hiring!

The Dextrous Web is a young start-up, making its first hire. We’re looking for a PHP/Ruby developer to join the team – which is currently one full-timer and a collection of freelance designers and programmers. The Dextrous Web was founded with a specific mission in mind. We want to make useful things on the web […]

ScenicOrNot’s Secret Project…

Isn’t secret anymore! MySociety have just taken the wraps off Mapumental, which is a terribly clever mapping application to help you figure out where you want to live if you have a commute (and probable more besides that). We and MySociety teamed up to build ScenicOrNot, which has produced the dataset that Mapumental consults when […]