• Paula Cristea - 16 Aug 2022
    When we first met the BMJ team, we were fairly nervous, as would anyone who has heard of The BMJ ( British Medical Journal). Luckily, technology is the great equalizer in our industry so we fell in sync quickly with their team and, together, we decided to take on the challenging task of reinventing the front end of bmj.com. This is the first chapter of our collaboration, within which we’ll be explaining the “why” behind this project, and discussing the architectural decisions we took to achieve this project. A website redesign unlike any previous BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider of journals, clinical decision support, events and medical education. It is internationally renowned for its publication of The BMJ (British Medical Journal), which is currently one of the top five general medical journals in the world. You might not know this, but BMJ also publishes more than 70 journals, some of which are the most cited and influential titles in their specialty. Their products and services help clinicians to improve their everyday practice, and also informs patients and the general public.
  • Alex Cristea - 7 Jul 2022
    We’ve recently taken over an existing project which suffered from some significant issues with the build and deployment processes: builds were tied to a specific machine and developer account; credentials were manually managed; and release processes were handled manually and tracked in spreadsheets.
  • Iulian Gioada - 6 Apr 2022
    Decoupling the front end and back end As we previously mentioned, BMJ’s flagship journal, bmj.com, is on a Drupal 7 platform. That sits on top of the JCore (Journal Core) platform which hosts the scholarly journals provided by HighWire Press. Being a traditional CMS, the Drupal platform is a monolith that controls the website's front end and back end.
  • Paula Cristea - 23 Sep 2020
    The biggest difference between the two is that React is a library and not a framework per se. Imagine it like an actual library; a huge place with wonderful books, aka “coding pieces” in software development, that you can use to add new functions to a website or app. Angular is a framework; picture it as an actual frame. To fit a certain picture into that frame you have to cut it, meaning you can’t go back. In software development, a framework comes with a specific standard for an app or website. It is limited, setting an unchangeable project architecture. Once cut, you can’t uncut it. React gives you more coding freedom because it enables you to use the library and add new functions to an existing website or app. With Angular, you must always abide by the rules of the initial framework. While both are powerful development technologies, additional core differences between AngularJS (the framework) and ReactJS (the library) are mentioned in the lines below.
  • React.js statistics
    Paula Cristea - 1 Sep 2020
    Why do we love it? Because it helps us create the most engaging web apps efficiently and fast with minimal coding. Since its release back in 2013, the goal of React.js was to provide outstanding rendering performance, considering its core strength is on individual components. Although it won the “battle” against Vue.js in 2019, things are changing fast in the software development realm; ASP.NET Core occupies the pole position with 70.7%, followed by React.js with 68,9%.


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