Experimenting with ES6

As part of the Yell Blog’s tech series, Junior Front End Developer Stevie Burrett road tests ES2015, also known as ES6, the latest version of JavaScript.

ES6 is one of the largest updates to come to JavaScript in years, and will pave the way for cleaner, better-written, more manageable code that’s less reliant on libraries like jQuery and RequireJS.
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Yell Engineering Hack Day

The latest edition of the Yell hack day saw seven teams of Yell developers enter with a wide variety of pretty interesting hacks and ideas to improve our products and the way we approach data at Yell.

The day resulted in lots of interesting entries, from comparison tools to reading level analysis and more.
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Just how many web users really disable cookies or JavaScript?

Should web developers take global data averages for JavaScript and cookie support into account when planning their next project?

Andrzej Winnicki, Yell’s Senior Tech Lead for Web Architecture presents the results of his recent testing to determine if these averages are accurate for Yell.com visitors and their use of local storage, screen resolution, JavaScript and cookie support.
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HTTPS is Hard

Yell’s Head of Web Engineering, Steve Workman, looks back over Yell.com’s seven-month transition to HTTPS to raise awareness of the issues with the move in the industry and to make the adoption process easier for other engineering teams.

“We’re a business directory, why do we need to be secure?” I said, talking to Daniel Applequist (W3C Technical Architecture Group co-chair) in the pub after London Web Standard’s January 2015 event where he spoke about HTTPS.
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