Web Development Agency

Celebrating 12 years in business

This week has seen the twelfth anniversary of the company, yes we started back in 1999. Happy Birthday Magma!

The internet was quite different back then, the technologies were in their infancy, HTML used ‘font’ tags, stylesheets (CSS) hadn’t arrived and rich multimedia sites were a pipe dream. Our language of choice all these years, PHP, was still around version 3.1.12, so nothing even close to the fast and feature rich object oriented (OOP) PHP 5.3 we use today.

The Magma team are still loving the journey of discovery that occurs in our industry and because we’ve specialised in building business critical web applications, we are continuing to drive the technologies at the cutting edge. I personally still connect with the thrills of solving a particular client requirement using the chain of technology required to meet it. Admittedly, since 1999, that chain of tech has become longer, adding JavaScript, CSS, rich media such as video or animation, as well as a host of back-end tech on the server. We now commonly employ a range of caching techniques to enhance the delivery speed of dynamic code, from APC to Memcache for the PHP code and storing results of calculations, to a database cache. When I first started out, I didn’t think that 12 years later, we’d be writing things as complicated as we do on the web, at the time the web was a glorified directory, from a commercial point of view, Internet applications were only just starting out. Today, traditional computing processes such as payroll, epos and other business critical systems, are being delivered over the web, along with all the new e-commerce and other convenience we’ve come to expect and enjoy.

As a team, Magma are equally excited about developments for the future as we are the journey so far. Our developers all attended the 6th PHP conference in London in February, and we’re looking at some of the new techniques and technology that is helping applications to scale further into the enterprise. It’s not just the developers either our front-end engineers & designers sparkle when they get to go to conferences such as DiBi and learn about the new directions for design, user interface trends and best practice.

We believe that the next twelve years will bring an even faster pace of development, bridging into mobile, TV and other content delivery platforms, these however, will continue to be driven and supported by a raft of web technologies at the back end. Whilst I think it’s fairly obvious we enjoy ourselves in work, we get equally passionate if not more so, solving client requirements using these techniques, many of you may see it in a magical fashion, to us it’s more an, admittedly quite geeky, art form.