How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

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Our intention was to make it effortless for Ocado customers to shop without even needing to get their phone out. The Apple Watch app serves as an extension to the iPhone app, offering some extra options the user can perform in mere seconds. Our main focus was on quick transactions. Features For example, say you […]

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

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As a Product Owner working with a team across two different countries, there are lots of problems to tackle to make sure projects run smoothly. In this series of blog posts, I will explore how my team and I have overcome issues. For a bit of background info, I’m based in Hatfield and my colleagues […]

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

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Getting a head start in technology can be hard work if you haven’t followed the traditional uni route, but it’s far from impossible. We interviewed Ocado Technology apprentice Ryan Scales to see how and why he did things differently. As winner of Apprentice of the Year, he should know a thing or two… Q You […]

C# 6.0 introduces ‘nameof’ – a short but sweet blog 2

C# 6.0 introduces ‘nameof’ – a short but sweet blog 2

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To continue my look at C# 6.0 I was going to talk about inline variable declaration – a feature I hope we will see in a future version of the language but which has been cut after having made it into the technical preview. Instead, I’ll quickly talk about a feature that is relatively small […]

My journey from intern to engineer at Ocado Technology

My journey from intern to engineer at Ocado Technology

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A little bit of background about myself: I’m Ryan and I’m a graduate fresh from Imperial College London. This is the story of how I moved from intern to full-time at Ocado Technology. If you’re looking for placements or first jobs, I hope you’ll find it useful. The preparation and interviews I came across Ocado […]

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

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On Tuesday the Lords’ Digital Skills Committee released a report, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’, warning of a digital skills gap and its impact. For me, there were two points that particularly resonated: One, that digital literacy should be a core skill taught at school. Progress has been made in England with the […]

Why C# 6.0 is my big launch of 2015 – blog 1

Why C# 6.0 is my big launch of 2015 – blog 1

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With the approach of Visual Studio 2015, the new features of C# 6.0 are being finalised. Whilst this release doesn’t contain any of the paradigm-shifting changes of previous language updates (think Linq), it does provide a lot of syntactic sugar that seasoned C# developers have been requesting for a long time. It should solve a […]

New open-source, closure tables, and a handy Django library

New open-source, closure tables, and a handy Django library

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In computer science, data is often modelled in a hierarchical tree-based structure, with a root node and subtrees of child nodes: Within Ocado Technology, a number of our systems contain data that follows this structure, and it’s commonly stored in traditional relational databases, such as Postgres. It’s a trivially easy structure for a relational database […]

New for Rapid Router – learn to code in Python

New for Rapid Router – learn to code in Python

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I’m proud to announce the latest update to our Code for Life teaching resource: your pupils can now learn to code in Python using the Rapid Router game. For anyone who’s unfamiliar, Python is a proper coding language used by companies such as Google and NASA. It’s also simple to write and debug, so it’s […]

Get ahead in tech with advice from five Ocado Technology experts

Get ahead in tech with advice from five Ocado Technology experts

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Could 2015 be an important year for your career? We asked five Ocado Technology experts – from guys at the top to rising stars – for the careers advice they live by or would pass on. Whether you’re choosing your first move or wondering where to turn next, here are some sage words to help […]

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