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My name's Sam Kelleher, and I am a Senior Full-Stack Web Developer / Software Architect based in London. This website mostly contains a sample of work from my portfolio, tips and best practicies for building web applications, and reviews + photos of food and hotels in London.

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React + Redux Administrative Panel SPA

A sleek and comprehensive single page application built using the latest React and Redux technologies. This application had to include comprehensive control capabilities including user management, data manipulation, search, a detailed analytics visualisation section, image editing with drag and drop. There was a lot to do, but with just a few tweaks the app is lightening fast to startup and initialize. One of my personal favourite things about Redux, and the flux pattern in general, is the predictability. As such, this project was one of with the fewest detected defects. Since what is on the screen is guaranteed to be generated by the data in state, any glitches or unexpected behaviour could be traced instantly using the Redux Time Machine. Read more...

Responsive Isomorphic Website with React, GraphQL, CSS Modules

Had the privilege of creating the public facing website for the company I work for, Blink. Since it's another greenfield site and React was strongly adopted by the company, it made a lot of sense to also construct the website using React. The content had to be editable by the marketing team, but since the parts of the website don't fit in a classic page type system that is popular on Wordpress, I integrated a third part content management platform, Contentful. Since the website would be Isomorphic, I had a Node Express server at my disposal, so I immediately got to work adding a GraphQL API that would be responsible for serving up the various strings and images stored in the CMS for the specific elements of these bespoke built pages. Read more...

P3 Image Color Experimentation

2016 generation MacBooks and iPhones have a wide-gamut P3 display that show 25% 'more' red and greens compared to standard RGB monitors. So I began to experiment to work out what was needed to be able to use this extra color space when presenting images on web and native apps. Basically what I needed to work out was, when given an image that is using P3 color space, can I make a thumbnail from it without destroying the P3 colors and output a transformed image that is still in P3. Further that, to be able to display the specific P3 optimised images on devices that support it. Read more...

Pure Swift Instagram Queue App for iOS

Sometimes it's nice to branch of into new technologies to keep perspective and knowledge of relevant stacks. This is my adventure into pure the pure iOS world with a simple Swift iPhone app. The app handles the basics, but should handle them well. Connecting to a HTTPS pinned API, download a data in JSON, cache it locally. Then parse it and use it to display data within the app. In this case, the app is a list of photos I have taken that I have uploaded to my website, but have yet to share on Instagram. I can track which photos are shared as I linked Instagrams post callback into my website, so new posts on Instagram can be matched to photos I've uploaded to my website by way of metadata matching. Read more...

Backbone + Marionette GitHub Repository List - Sample Application

Sometimes the best way to learn something is to study each component separately, this gives us a true in depth skill on how something specific works. However, putting these components together to make a full featured application is another ball game entirely. I've always maintained that Software Engineering isn't difficult, but it can be complicated - as a typical application will consume numerous different technologies from development stages, to deployment, to runtime. It's putting all these modules together that is the hard part. Read more...

Mystery Shopping Yourself

So you've hired temporary workers to provide a presence for you at a trade show, you're not there yourself since you're networking with other business leaders at the event, so how do you know that the 'fort is being held down'. Read more...

Realtime two-way Android based Safety Monitor tablet.

An Android powered tablet client application that uses Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to establish a two way realtime connection (using XMPP via the Android OS) to receive and relay events for essential safety monitoring. Due to the volume of data driven, and the number of simultaneous connections; it was essential this Android app would scale and be able to deliver and function 100% of the time, never with a chance of user data loss. The data could be processed in a powerful C# .NET backend. The server-side XMPP connection to GCM was also a C# .NET Worker Role, running in Microsoft Azure. Read more...

Thirdparties - the biggest bottleneck to IPv6 adoption.

The Internet is changing. The problem is, some parts change faster than others. If you need a stack supporting IPv6 - you might struggle. Popular providers are still lagging in their offerings, which means picking a provider with lower expertise might be needed, or even bringing hosting in house. Here we look at the major bottlenecks with IPv6 adoption. Read more...

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