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3 Reasons Why Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) Won’t Replace Native Apps

Many people believe Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are the future of the mobile web, but in my opinion, PWAs are not a replacement for native mobile apps. Here are three reasons why: 1. Native mobile apps provide a smoother & faster experience  Mobile websites, progressive or otherwise are slower and not as smooth. 90% of the time spent is spent using apps vs the browser . The single most significant contributing factor to a smooth experience on mobile is the speed of the network and latency of the data downloaded and uploaded. When you visit websites on desktop or mobile, there is a lot of third-party code/data that gets downloaded to your device, which more often than not has zero impact on the user experience. This includes: CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) JavaScript Ad network code Facebook tracking code Google tracking code The median number of requests a mobile website makes is a shocking  69 . On the other hand, native apps only get the data that is requi
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Catch me speak at the CIO In Action 2020 Conference in Kuala Lumpur

I’m going to be speaking at the CIO in Action 2020 conference in Kuala Lumpur 22-23 October. I’ll be tackling the always fun subject of Technical Debt. "Managing and Reducing Technical Debt In The Long Run The Do’s & Don’ts" See you there.

Superb Crew Interview

Thanks Superb Crew for the interview and featuring Kaddra’s CXM offering. You can read it via the link below.

The Fair Consideration Framework is Fair

The Fair Consideration Framework was established in August 2014 with the primary objective of giving Singaporeans fair consideration for jobs and to help reduce discriminatory HR practices that favour foreigners. Recently there was a discussion on  e27  related to Singapore's  Fair Consideration Framework  and it seems that there are some common misconceptions about it which I would like to help clarify. As a Singapore Permanent Resident, I need to declare my bias on this issue. In my opinion, any policy that helps to reduce discriminatory HR practices is a good thing. Now you could argue that this policy is discriminatory but I personally don't think it's unreasonable for the Singapore Government to put the interests of their citizens before foreigners and you'd be hard-pressed to find a Government who does not do the same. Australia just announced in their latest budget that employers will have to pay a levy of up to AUD $5,000 for each foreign worker they em

Populating Duplicate Fields with DocuSign's REST API

If you're using DocuSign's REST API for integrating e-Signing into your application then it's possible you'll come up against the issue of duplicate fields not populating. This is when you have the same field with the same label e.g. Company Name in multiple places on the Document but you only want to send a single label, value instance to the API and have it populate in all places where the field is. When you pass the label and value like so: { label: "company_name", value: "" } If you have the field company_name more than once in the document then only the first field will be populated. After a lot of digging into the DocuSign documentation I discovered the solution is to append "\\*" to the label name: { label: "\\*company_name", value: "" } Why this isn't the default behaviour is beyond me but the solution works as expected. DocuSign Rest API Documentation

CPF Contribution Rates for new Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR’s)

Recently my wife and I applied and got approved for Singapore Permanent Residency. After completing the formalities the most significant immediate change is the contribution to CPF which is Singapore’s mandatory social security savings scheme requiring contributions from employers and employees. CPF contributions start from the date you obtain SPR status, which is the date of the entry permit.   Being a relentless budgeter I needed to know exactly how much I and my employer would have to contribute so that I could adjust my budget accordingly as the employee contributions get deducted from the monthly salary. After doing some research I discovered that there is a “graduated” approach to CPF contributions for new SPR’s where the contributions gradually increase in the first and second year and then upon reaching the third year are at the full amount. Note: There is an option for employers to contribute the full amount for year 1 and year 2 and the employee can use the graduated ra

Serverless Architecture with AWS Lambda, API Gateway, Cloudfront, S3 and DynamoDB

  If 2015 saw the rise of Docker Containers & Micro-services then 2016 is undoubtedly going to be about Serverless architecture . Late in 2015 AWS announced a preview of a service called AWS Lambda moving from a pure IaaS provider into the PaaS world with one feel swoop. Now AWS is releasing so many new services and features a week that you may have missed this, but in my opinion it is a game changer and I’m going to try to demonstrate why. What on earth is Lambda? “AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you.” “When using AWS Lambda, you are responsible only for your code. AWS Lambda manages the compute fleet that offers a balance of memory, CPU, network, and other resources.” Just think about those statements for a second,  In developer terms a Lambda is simply a single function with an input and output, forget microservices this is a nanoservice.  At the time of writing you