The Shard

Over the weekend Tina and I visited the Shard and it was utterly incredible. I swear we could see our house from up there if we looked hard enough some 35 miles to the South West!

The Shard is over 800 feet in height or at least the viewing point is that high up. So I could equate that to flying my drone twice its illegal altitude to the point I would lose sight of it. In fact I lose sight of it being 100 feet up, let alone 800!

The view was spectacular and you get four levels to explore between 69 and 72 though two of them are just the point at which you exit the lift and the last part is by a series of steps. 

I had no idea that the uppermost level is open to the elements or at least parts of the ceiling are as you look up and admire it’s Spire and the undeniable genius of Renzo Piano the chief architect of the project. 

The view made me realise just how much I love London the vibrant European city (ahem) and you could see so much. I focuses my eyes on the whole to start with and then I found myself “zooming” in on smaller details such as the trains leaving London Bridge station far below. 

We spent an hour and a half up there and had no idea we’d been there that long!! 

New Contract begins and why JavaScript?

Last week I started at Premium Credit working from the offices of their agency partner The Bio Agency just off Tottenham Court Road, London. It is a 3 month rolling contract which could keep me busy until this time next year. That’s always a good thing to know. It gives you options as to whether you accept extensions when they come or move on to something else. 

It is giving me exposure to some interesting JavaScript technology such as the concepts of Functional Programming and Reactive programming. The thing with this is that you have to think differently not necessarily harder. I am also learning more about React, Flux and Graph data. These things all really matter at the moment because they are being used in so many projects by so many businesses. 


I often ask myself, “Why?”

We all get used to working with languages such as PHP, .Net and so on, so why do we need JavaScript and why has it become so popular? Indeed why use it in such a major way?

Over the past few years I’ve solely become a “JavaScript Developer” I use it as part of my LinkedIn headline for example. 

Maybe it is because it is a cool language? Which I think it is but I’m being biased. I think some people hate it though because it is quirky in some ways and takes a bit of learning. 

The truth is; It’s ubiquitous because it exists within your web browsers, on all of your devices and with the introduction of Node, you can now build servers with it. The “full stack JavaScript developer” now being a popular role on job boards the World over. 

It is a great and indeed essential skill to have if you are a freelance contractor. 

In other news….

What will Brexit mean for us contractors exactly? I think this warrants an article of its own. If you follow me on Facebook, you will have come across my bitter, angry side last week. I’m still feeling scared by it all but getting on with life as normal. 

I still have loads of photos and video clips from our Malta trip to share. 

I’ve got a nice new iPhone 6s and will take a few more pics of Londonwhilst I’m working there and will blog them.