James Walker

James Walker

Web Developer

Hello. I'm James Walker.

I'm an entrepreneurial web developer and journalist.

I'm inspired by code, tech, literature, photography and vehicles.

I am Technology Editor-at-Large at Digital Journal.

This is my website and blog.

Latest blog posts

ipm dev blog, Part 4 – Significant progress!

Published on Thursday November 16 2017 at 19:10 in ipm dev blog

It's two weeks since I last wrote about my work on ipm, but over the past few days I've made some quite significant progress and now have the application core fully implemented ready for features to be layered on top. The app's now well on the way to a v0.1.0 release. Read >


First thoughts on Affinity Designer

Published on Thursday November 9 2017 at 19:03 in General posts

This week I bought Affinity Designer and the physical Affinity Designer workbook, choosing the Serif package over Adobe XD. I'll be using it predominantly for UI design but also for any design and branding work clients may ask of me. Read >


ipm dev blog, Part 3 – A few changes

Published on Thursday November 2 2017 at 18:24 in ipm dev blog

I haven't managed to work on ipm this week as much as I planned, mainly due to illness, so this post is just going to be a short overview of the things I've managed to do. I'm still developing this project but it's going a bit slower than I'd intended. Read >


ipm dev blog, Part 2 – Refining the app initialisation

Published on Thursday October 19 2017 at 19:34 in ipm dev blog

In the first part of the ipm dev blog series, I outlined the basic purpose of the app and completed initial implementation of the app shell. This week, I refined the work by improving the app initialisation around the detection of ipm project files. Read >


ipm dev blog, Part 1 – Documenting a side project

Published on Thursday October 12 2017 at 18:05 in ipm dev blog

This week I started a new side project to streamline my daily development workflow. Provisionally known as ipm, this Python-based utility is designed to offer centralised project generation, build, distribution and deployment capabilities for web and desktop-based software projects. I intend to document my progress and design decisions on the project on a weekly basis, in part for public use but also to force me to reflect on what I'm doing and why. Progress each week is likely to be relatively slow, since I don't have much time to work on the project, and the scope is still somewhat fluid, but I intend to continue this series up until I build the v0.1.0 ipm distribution package. The entire project is open-source under the MIT License and will be published on GitHub once v0.1.0 is reached. Read >


First "thoughts" on the Canon PIXMA TS6050

Published on Thursday October 5 2017 at 17:24 in General posts

This is not a review of the Canon PIXMA TS6050. This is a list of mostly unrelated thoughts and observations of the Canon PIXMA TS6050 after owning it for a day. Read >


Ilmiont NET v1.1.0 – available now!

Published on Saturday September 30 2017 at 08:54 in Ilmiont NET

Ilmiont NET v1.1.0 is available now! This release is the culmination of over a year's work to create a multi-tenant PHP web application framework platform, enabling the agile creation and deployment of data-oriented backend cloud services. Read >


Ilmiont NET v1.x – building tomorrow!

Published on Thursday September 28 2017 at 18:24 in Ilmiont NET

Ilmiont NET v1.x is being built tomorrow! After over one year of active development, this release is a major milestone in the development of my tech stack, business and future intended projects. Read >


I might close my blog

Published on Thursday September 21 2017 at 18:25 in General posts

I'm thinking of closing my blog, because I don't have anything to write about. Read >


GE's digital rethink illustrates demand for specialised IoT

Published on Thursday September 14 2017 at 18:09 in News Editorials

GE faced troubles last week as its stock slipped amid concerns its digital transformation isn't paying off. GE is finding it can't scale industrial IoT, its most important emerging service. I think this demonstrates the trend towards specialised platforms. Read >


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