About Robin

Robin Glen is a web developer for the NAP Tech Team. Having worked on multiple projects for NAP, Mr Porter and the Outnet he is now working on migrating the NAP website technology stack.
Analysis

Performance testing images from a customer perspective

Recently we moved Net-A-Porter to use a dynamic product image service created by our Product Management team. Not only will it allow us to improve our customer experience but it will decrease the time to get products to market.

MRP (Mr Porter) and TON (The Outnet) had already implemented the system but at NAP (Net-A-Porter) we were waiting for a few additional features, and also see how it handled the other brands.

Previously NAP had all of the image assets mounted to the web servers with a CDN sat in front, allowing for them to be served extremely quickly. We wanted to make sure that the service creating and storing the images for us wouldn’t degrade performance for our customers.

We wanted to be able to collect performance metrics to compare NAP image performance to the other brands. I created a simple tool to test different image requests in bulk and collect the average response time.

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Conferences

Adventures in San Francisco – part four, Google I/O 2016

After my previous visits to Sauce Labs, Google and Keen.io, it was finally time for the main event. I was lucky enough to get tickets for Google I/O through some of the Polymer work we had done over the last year. As I mentioned in part one I have never been to San Francisco before, so I didn’t have a previous I/O to compare it to. However, I know they changed up the format this year, giving it a more “festival” vibe — I assume to differentiate it from other conferences and be more “Google”.

I’m going to cover the bad, the good, the highlights, and the things I learned.

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Analysis

Adventures in San Francisco – part three, an introduction and a talk with keen.io

Following on from my earlier visits to Sauce and the Googleplex, before attending Google I/O 2016 I took the time to visit Keen IO.

Keen IO

If you don’t know about Keen, they are an awesome platform, providing analytics for developers. In this post, I’ll show you a couple of ways we’ve used Keen IO, as well as bringing you video of the talk I gave about it during my visit to Google I/O 2016.

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Events

The UX Crunch at NET-A-PORTER

We recently hosted The UX Crunch at our offices.

The UX Crunch is a meet up for User Experience people to network and improve their knowledge of the field. They hold monthly UX events in collaboration with leading companies in the UK, showcasing UX case studies and knowledge. They are not tied to one individual company so each event is totally different with new guest speakers for each.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group gave two of the three talks:

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Hack Days

Promoting team rivalry through Fantasy Football

Robin have you played your wildcard yet!?

As soon as I joined NET-A-PORTER I was absorbed into the company Fantasy Football League by equal parts peer pressure and wanting to look cool. The first season took its toll. Forget lying in on a Saturday — I needed to triple-check my captain selection, I wouldn’t dare to take a holiday in case a player got injured while I was away, never mind the fear of forgetting about double-game weeks. After a respectable lower-middle-half-table finish, I needed a break — a long break.

The NAP Tech team consists of multiple sub-teams, so naturally there is some friendly competition; when a company-wide league was announced, I knew I had come out of retirement.

We have two main leagues: one strictly for NAP Tech; and NET-A-LIGA (a.k.a. big boy school), the company-wide league for people who know what they are doing.

If we were going to make this a real success, we had to amplify the rivalry and the potential for gloating — that is what this post is about.

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