Development at Bet365 - a techie's dreamMonday, Aug 21, 2017 10:49
Bet365 is among the most popular gambling websites on the market. However, the gambling provider is also a popular employer within the tech world. Bet365 uses some of the latest technologies and as its tech blog goes to show that Bet365 has one ambition: to provide customers and staff with some of the most innovative tech developments. This article highlights three of the most exciting tech stories that have recently been discussed on Bet365’s tech blog.
Geometric data is a hot topic
Bet365 recently finalised its live match feature. At first, this may sound like an easy exercise. However, in the process, Bet365 discovered that in Australian rules football, there isn't a set dimension for football playing fields. The playing fields in the game can be between 135 metres and 185 metres in length and 110 metres and 155 metres in width.
In order to create a virtual copy of the field for their live match feature, Bet365 opted for an oval-shaped playing field. This, however, didn't allow for abnormalities, such as an event that happened outside the playing field boundary. Bet365 came up with a neat solution that allowed their systems to make boundary correction calculations - however, ones that were largely run in the back-end so that there was no need for each customer's browser to refresh and show the adjusted live match.
Custom CMS makes website easy to manage
Bet365 continuously offers new promotions, adds games and changes its advertising message. This also means that Bet365 frequently has to change its website. As a result of Bet365 launching a customised Customer Management System, it is no longer in the hands of developers to make minor changes on the Bet365 website. The business can control the website themselves by using an intuitive interface for updating content.
Bet365 decided to customise its CMS and not use ready-made solutions, such as Wordpress, Orchard or Drupal. Bet365 not only serves different languages but each and every country that Bet365 targets comes with a variety of different regulations. "A custom CMS system simply makes sense when serving such a large and diverse audience," comments the tech editor at Bet365.
Improving CSS at Bet365
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet. It is the technological competent that gives the Bet365 site its distinct look. With a huge team working on the website, it can be difficult to ensure that each individual adheres to the same style when writing code that will provide the Bet365's website with its unique look and feel. A single wrong number could lead to a slightly different shade of green. However, the biggest issues the team at Bet365 faced was to ensure consistency. " Instead of selectors like ‘.ns-Component_ChildNode’ in our code base, we were seeing ‘.NS-componentName-Child-node’ and every variation you can imagine," comments the Bet365 tech editor. While this may not cause issues on the website, it meant that the overall code at Bet365 was becoming more complex and therefore more difficult to understand and change.
To resolve the issue, Bet365 worked on its rules and introduced tools and a methodology that eradicated the issues. " The result is that it’s now a better time than ever to be writing CSS at Bet365" concludes Bet365.