Software Development
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Software Development

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Power. Flexibility. The ideal combination. 

Software development is all about harnessing power. Tapping into the capabilities of the latest and greatest technologies to deliver dynamic solutions that put that power in your hands - providing you with the tools you need to drive strategy at a global scale.

But this shouldn’t come at the expense of flexibility. True strength comes from combining powerful software with an ability to adapt to changing conditions, and respond to customer demands.

Which is where Box UK becomes a truly valuable ally.

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Trust us - we’ve done this before. 

We have decades of experience creating software solutions for some of the world’s leading enterprise organisations - so you can trust us to deliver high-performance applications and websites that fuel growth and profitability. And we have a robust agile process focused on communication, collaboration and iteration - so you get software that’s perfectly aligned with your goals:

Time and again, we have proven that we can rapidly get to grips with requirements and provide the ideal solution. So tell us what you need. And see what we can do.

"On seeing the output from the first series of sprints, we've shared details of the project across BCS as a model of Agile processes working to achieve great results quickly."

Adam Keating, Product Manager - Consultancy, BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Our tech stack

The programming languages we use to build our projects.

  • PHP 
  • C# 
  • JavaScript
  • Python

Many projects are backed by some form of database system. 

  • MySQL - an open-source, cross-platform, Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server - a Windows RDBMS
  • SQLite - a self-contained, serverless RDBMS often used for testing purposes
  • MongoDB - An open-source, cross-platform, NoSQL, document-oriented database

Providing well-tested, reliable code for common functionality.

Frameworks and libraries commonly used on projects are those designed to provide an overall structure to the codebase, often in an Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, or to provide an Object-Relational Mapper (ORM).

  • Symfony 2 - a PHP set of components and a web application framework for MVC applications
  • .NET Framework - a software framework that runs (primarily) on Windows.ASP.NET/MVC/WEB API; Microsoft's open-source web application framework
  • Entity Framework - Microsoft's ORM, part of the .NET Framework
  • NHibernate - an open-source ORM for .NET
  • Sitecore CMS - a .NET content management system
  • Silex - a PHP micro-framework based on Symfony 2's components
  • Doctrine - a set of PHP database libraries, including an ORM and a database abstraction layer (DBAL) for cross-database development
  • Angular - an open-source frontend JavaScript framework maintained by Google.
  • Backbone - a lightweight frontend JavaScript library based on the Model-View-Presenter (MVP) design paradigm
  • React - an open-source frontend JavaScript library for creating user interfaces
  • ExtJS - a frontend JavaScript framework for creating user interfaces
  • Ionic - a framework and Software Development Kit (SDK) for building mobile applications with web technology, including HTML5 and Angular
  • Express - a minimal NodeJS server framework for building web applications
  • Twig - a templating engine for the PHP language, used by Symfony 2 and Silex (among others)
  • Rails - a Ruby MVC framework

Projects are increasingly hosted in the cloud, or use cloud-based services for their functionality.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

We typically deploy our PHP projects to AWS.

  • EC2 - scalable virtual computers
  • S3 - a storage web service generally used for serving static content such as images
  • RDS - distributed relational databases, i.e. AWS hosted versions of MySQL, SQL Server etc.
  • SNS - Simple Notification Service for sending mobile push messages
  • SES - Simple Email Service
  • SQS - Simple Queue Service for queuing messages between services
  • ECS - EC2 Container Service to manage Docker-enabled applications across EC2 instances
  • ElastiCache - scalable, fast, in-memory cache based on Memcached/Redis


We use Microsoft's Azure service for hosting .NET projects.

  • Service Bus - a generic messaging queuing system
  • Web Role - cloud-hosted web servers running IIS
  • Worker Role - cloud-hosted servers without webservers, used for background processing
  • Blob Storage - scalable storage for unstructured data
  • SQL Database - cloud-hosted SQL Server

Ensuring code meets our standards of quality. 

  • PHPUnit - PHP unit testing library
  • Jasmine - behaviour-driven JavaScript testing library
  • Karma - test running environment for JavaScript
  • QUnit - a JavaScript unit testing framework
  • PHP Codesniffer - PHP tool for checking code against a set of coding standards
  • JSLint/JSHint - JavaScript tools for checking code against a set of rules
  • NUnit - open-source unit testing framework for .NET
  • MOQ - mocking library for .NET for use in tests

Used in the build process and for automating tasks.

  • Ansible - software for configuring and managing computers
  • RunDeck - a job scheduler, used for automating tasks
  • Docker - a platform for distributed applications, used for packaging an application with its dependencies
  • OctopusDeploy - an automated deployment and release management server for ASP.NET applications
  • Jenkins - an open-source CI server
  • Travis - an open-source, hosted CI service that integrates with Github
  • TeamCity - a build management and CI server
  • Composer - a PHP tool for managing project dependencies
  • Satis - a tool for mirroring third-party Composer dependencies locally
  • Powershell - a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft
  • Bash - a language widely used as the shell for Unix/Linux systems
  • Team Foundation Build - a build tool for .NET
  • Git - an open-source distributed version control system we use for all new PHP projects
  • Github - a Git repository hosting and source code management service
  • Subversion - a version control system
  • Team Foundation Server - a Microsoft source code management tool

Other assorted tools that sit behind our web projects.

  • Memcache - an in-memory key-value database
  • Redis - a key-value database
  • RabbitMQ - a message queuing service
  • Varnish - a HTTP accelerator used for caching, including partial page caching via Edge Side Includes
  • Solr - an open-source search platform written in Java which uses Lucene
  • Lucene - an open-source information retrieval library used for indexing content and performing searches
  • ElasticSearch - a search server based on Lucene
  • Nginx - a webserver with a focus on concurrency, performance and low memory usage
  • Microsoft IIS - Internet Information Services, Microsoft's web server
  • Apache - a widely-used web server

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