RIAK Workshop Summary

Between 12th and 13th of October bet365 hosted the first post-Basho RIAK developer workshop. Over the two days, the international RIAK community came together at bet365 House to discuss, the current situation, ongoing development work, and to shape the initial development roadmap. What follows is a brief summary of the two days and the outcomes. Martin Davies, Hillside Technology Limited’s CEO, opened the workshop, discussing bet365′s RIAK involvement and history. Martin explained how RIAK has shaped the development of the bet365 platform over recent years. Martin also discussed the reasoning behind bet365′s purchase of the RIAK IPR from Basho’s receiver….

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Image Optimisation

One of the most important but perhaps under-appreciated tasks in the design and development teams is the judicious optimisation of images. We use the word judicious very specifically here because it is a job we can’t currently leave solely to computers. It is a job that requires keen eyes and excellent judgement. Why? The largest category of assets, in terms of file size, on a web application are almost always the images. An unneeded JavaScript library like jQuery or generally flabby code (which obviously we would never be guilty of writing, but suppose we did) can be easily dwarfed, in…

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bet365 and RIAK @ London Riak Meetup

Andrew Deane, Systems Development Manager at bet365, recently spoke at the London Riak Meetup to discuss bet365’s acquisition and its consequences for the product. Andrew gave an overview of the historical relationship between bet365 and Basho, how bet365 came to acquire Basho’s assets, and announced the roadmap workshops to be hosted at bet365 house. View the Slides from the presentation here. Check out the recent editorial featuring Andrew on bet365’s multilingual development environment.

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Efficient Default Property Values in TypeScript

In order to ensure that our website runs as fast and efficiently as possible, we often use performance analysis tools to take a look at what is happening inside the browser, specifically on more constrained devices such as Mobile Phones. It was during one of these profiling sessions that we realised that the JavaScript emitted by the TypeScript compiler had the potential to be optimised so that the output used CPU and Memory more efficiently. While investigating this we devised a TypeScript design pattern for properties of classes called the Static Initialisation Pattern. This article discusses this pattern, how it…

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Normalising Geometric Data at bet365

Normalising geometric data is not a problem solving exercise that immediately springs to mind when you initially join the Sports UI team at bet365. What does geometry have to do with sports betting? As part of bet365’s In-Play Sports offering, we have enhanced several sports; with a feature we call “Match Live”. We know that our customers may not always be able to catch the sports they have placed a bet on, Live on TV. The Match Live feature enables customers to get an overview of the latest scores and view several different statistics for the Matches that are in-play….

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Large-Scale Web Development Using TypeScript

Or, Re-building The World For The Post-Flash Era This article discusses the technology decisions that we made in developing our latest desktop site, and how those choices allowed us to deliver the site in the face of pressures outside our control. Background In 2014, our flagship desktop sports product had reached the pinnacle of what we could do using Adobe’s Flash platform. Even so, we knew that Flash was reaching the end of it’s natural life as a web platform. Ever since Steve Jobs had penned his “Thoughts on Flash” in 2010 the technology industry (specifically browser vendors) had begun…

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Bi-Directional Communications for the Web

Or: Websockets for Fun and Profit   What Is This Hyper Text Thing Anyway? HTTP (Hyper Text Transport Protocol) was originally built to provide a resilient means of conveying data across a unreliable network of unreliable networks, and it arguably accomplishes this very well. It is now one of the most widely adopted and implemented application protocols in the world. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. It is a generic, stateless, protocol that can be used for many tasks beyond its use for hypertext, such as name servers and distributed object…

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Rolling a Custom CMS System with ASP.NET MVC

The Beginning When the bet365 Games product was first launched we decided to utilise a Content Management System, so that promotions, games and other content could be updated without developers having to make code changes and do releases. This put control of the website content into the hands of the business teams. With such a rich selection of Content Management Systems available, you might wonder why a company would opt to create a bespoke one, but this is exactly what bet365 did. Many off-the-shelf systems are available, such as: WordPress – offers a large selection of plugins & themes. Drupal – offers…

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Improving CSS at bet365

There are few interfaces that are as necessarily dense and complex as a modern betting application. InPlay Match Live views, Partial Cash Out interfaces and the bet slip itself each contain a significant number of user interface components. Historically, maintaining the many styles for our application has always been problematic. This simplicity and forgiving nature of CSS means it’s easy to write and keep on writing it – even though, months and years down the line, half the styles may no longer apply! As such, style sheet authors working on new product features could never feel entirely confident knowing what CSS was…

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Mobile Site Performance

In the recent survey of the performance of betting sites during the Grand National 2015 by an independent industry expert, the bet365 mobile site came #1 in sector for performance. The survey included detailed analysis of multiple performance metrics across a panel of the leading 12 betting sites in the UK in the lead up to and during the biggest race of the year. The metrics used were Time To Bet, Transactions By Step, Limited Bandwidth, Total Transaction Weights, and Transaction Payload versus Performance, Page Errors and Quality of Service.This is the first in a series of articles where I…

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