Gamification Concepts in Software Design

In late 2012 I embarked on a project to implement Gamification for a technical community ( The intent was to introduce the elements of game playing (point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to encourage a deeper engagement.

The implementation of Gamification in an app or website is fairly trivial if you understand a few high level concepts.

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Netlify & Contentful - JAMstack Compadres

In all of my years as a software developer it’s primarily been about what stack do you develop on? What operating system, web servers, languages and databases?

Thanks to the rise of cloud computing, an abstraction layer now exists where we don’t care what the underlying platform is. The JAMstack architecture exploits that to deliver better performance, higher security, lower cost of scaling, and a better developer experience.


I’ll explore this architecture as I put together a sample website using Netlify & Contentful

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What happened to

In June 2016, Kelly Clarkson began posting recordings of her live performances on Each month would feature a new song until early 2017 when new songs stopped appearing (in anticipation of her new album?).

Kelly Clarkson

Unfortunately, her IT support has let her down and instead of the site rendering you’ll get:

Error establishing a database connection

Fortunately I’ve found the direct links to the underlying hosting service:

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How do I write to DNN event Logs?

Event logs are great tools for Developers and Administrators alike. They provide an insight into the running state and history of an application.

For DNN, there are two repositories for collecting logging information that both serve different purposes.

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Kelly Clarkson's 'My December' 10 year review

It’s been 10 years since the release of Kelly Clarkson’s My December, a personal favourite of mine and many other fans of her work. It followed the massive commercial success of her previous albums (Thankful and Breakaway) and represented a shift from pop rock to alternative rock.

Kelly Clarkson My December

My December is a sombre and often dark album that reflects the mood of Kelly at the time. Ten years on my thoughts are it’s her best work and this article reveals my top 5 songs from the album.

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Tips to prepare for Madden NFL 18

As the Madden 17 season winds down, defensive and offensive schemes have been well established. A series of unrealistic blitzes are well known (via our friends at YouTube) and even worse, offensive glitches like ‘swerving’ have been thoroughly abused.

Madden 18 Tips

Lucky for us, the release of madden 18 should put an end to all this and the playerbase will need to adapt (hopefully to a new glitchfree engine!). With that in mind, let’s look at how you can prepare for Madden 18 by adjusting your playstyle today.

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