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A day in the life of a Software Engineer at Holland & Barrett

A lot has changed for most tech companies over the last year. While we were all working from an office at least 3-4 days per week before the pandemic hit in early 2020, almost everybody works remotely now. At Holland & Barrett, we are in the lucky position to help people with their wellbeing during the pandemic. Therefore, our stores remained open throughout all the lockdowns, but we also saw a significantly increased demand in our digital platform. This is one of the main reasons our engineering team has grown from a small part of the organisation to over 150 people in less than one year - and we continue to grow beyond our wildest beliefs just one short year ago. This article should give you a rough idea of what a typical day in a software engineer's life for the UK's leading health and wellness retailer looks like.

Published on 2nd March 2021

What Open AI's GPT-3 means for developer jobs

If you have been on Twitter, or anywhere on the internet for that matter, over the last few weeks, you will have come across the cryptic abbreviation "GPT-3", which stands for "Generative Pre-Training (of language models)", version 3. While its predecessors GPT and GPT-2 were far less effective and therefore less impressive, version 3 has caught on in the development world. You might have seen examples, where GPT-3 is trained to generate React components or SQL queries just by giving it text input. Developers fear for their jobs, but should they?

Published on 2nd August 2020