Yell team support Byte Night 2016 in aid of Action for Children

Team members from Yell’s Reading head office supported the work of Action for Children this month by taking part in Byte Night Thames Valley on Friday 7 October.

Byte Night is a national charity sleep-out in aid of Action for Children’s work with vulnerable young people across the UK. The event sees people from the technology and business fields giving up their beds and sleeping outside for one night.
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Yell join in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2016 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Yell is pleased to have raised £806.39 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 30 September, 2016.

Team members in our Belfast, Scarborough and Reading offices brought in a wide selection of fantastic homemade cakes, biscuits and even sausage rolls for baking competitions in each office with all funds going towards Macmillan Cancer Support.
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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 hosts Undergraduate Placement Assessment Days

This April, Yell hosted two Undergraduate Assessment Days for the new Yell Software Engineering Training Programme.

The scheme will see four talented computer science students join Yell’s engineering wizards for a one year placement in our software engineering department.
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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 visitors and their use of local storage, screen resolution, JavaScript and cookie support.
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Yell sales teams win big at BESMA 2016

Yell’s sales professionals are proud to have won three awards at the prestigious British Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards 2016 (BESMA).

Organised by the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (ISMM), the UK’s largest professional sales body, BESMA showcases the achievements of the best sales specialists in the UK.
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Yell Careers win Onrec Social Media Award

Yell’s Talent Acquisition Team have been honoured with the Innovative Use of Social Media in the Recruitment Process Award at the Onrec Online Recruitment Awards 2016.

The renowned awards ceremony from online recruitment news resource Onrec, now in its 12th year, celebrates talent and achievements in the online recruitment industry over the past 12 months.
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HTTPS is Hard

Yell’s Head of Web Engineering, Steve Workman, looks back over’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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