It’s undoubtedly a good sign, but sometimes our blog is a little late delivering the news. One such example is the Music+Sound Awards ceremony, which was a fantastic evening for everyone involved. Introduced in 2012 to recognise the tremendous work put in by the audio teams behind television, cinema, advertising and gaming, the M+S Awards attract entries from around the world. Entries are judged by industry leading names such as David Arnold and Guy Farley, and the winners in each category are announced in style at the lavish awards ceremony.
We have worked with the founders for the last two years, supporting the website, ticket sales and entry and judging platforms for both the UK and international competitions. We inherited the bespoke systems from a third party developer and have worked hard to bring them up to our high standards in code quality, performance and reliability.
This has involved the basics, such as importing the codebase to a version control system (our preferred platform is Subversion) and more complex tasks such as merging the UK and international entry platforms so they share the same frontend and backend templates. This has improved efficiency for both entrants and managers, not to mention us as developers, which in turn has lead to great cost savings; rather than doing the work twice whenever a change was required, we now have just one template to change.
I was lucky enough to be invited back to ceremony this year, and attended in late February with my wonderful fiancée Becky. We enjoyed hilarious presenting from Rob Deering, a coconut shy and shooting gallery, freshly made pizzas, deck chairs, beanbags, live music from the explosive The Family Rain and banging DJ, David Holmes. Oh, and a few beverages from the bar too!
My thanks to Nick and Dan, the founders of the awards, for a brilliant night! Same time next year? 😉
*Apologies for the poor quality photos but I’m waiting for the iPhone 6 before upgrading my perfectly good 4!