Author Archives for Alexandru Bolboaca

Moldable Development with Tudor Girba

January 22, 2022

Tudor Gîrba (tudorgirba.com) is a software environmentalist and co-founder of feenk.com where he works with an amazing team on Glamorous Toolkit (gtoolkit.com), a novel IDE that enables moldable development (moldabledevelopment.com). In 2014, he won the prestigious Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize for his software engineering research (aito.org), being the only recipient of that prize that was not... Read more

Understand the Problem Before Thinking of Solutions

January 8, 2022

We've seen many developers struggling with incremental and iterative development, and the general solution is to stay longer on the problem than you're used to. Watch this video to learn a few techniques for doing so. Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized... Read more

In 2022…

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year everybody! Thank you so much for being with us, and more interesting videos are coming soon! Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized training, coaching, and advice for companies who want to improve their effectiveness in the market, mainly through the use of modern leadership and technical practices. Check out our offer and... Read more

Channel short retrospective and plans for 2022

December 25, 2021

In this video we talk a bit about the channel evolution and our plans for the next year. Thank you so much for being with us, and more interesting videos are coming soon! Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized training, coaching, and... Read more

Can we trust 3rd party libraries?

December 18, 2021

This video was recorded in December 2021, at the time when an injection vulnerability was found in log4j2, affecting a lot of developers and systems around the world. It is not meant as a critique of log4j2 developers, or of open source, but rather discusses the systemic issue of trust in 3rd party libraries, defined... Read more

Kevlin Henney – Programming is a system of communication

December 13, 2021

Programming is more than just a technical activity – it's a communication activity. This is an excerpt from a longer discussion with Kevlin Henney. You can find the full video here: https://youtu.be/Hff1dv5Q4FY Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized training, coaching, and advice... Read more

Allen Wirfs-Brock on First Personal Computers and SmallTalk

December 4, 2021

Watch this excerpt to learn about the fascinating interwoven history of Personal Computers and Smalltalk. This excerpt is part of a longer conversation that you can watch here https://youtu.be/t3sEyIjQVHA. Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Allen Wirfs-Brok is an expert in programming languages and their implementation with broad... Read more

Team Agreements

November 20, 2021

Team agreements, or the social contract of a team, is a very useful tool to use when starting with self-organizing teams. Self-organizing means that the team has a lot of freedom in the way they structure their work, but this sometimes leads to conflicts or friction within the team. One solution to avoid these conflicts... Read more

How to Enhance Your Design Intuition

November 13, 2021

What is intuition? How to use it? How do you enhance it? What are its problems? Watch Alex Bolboaca share his understanding of this topic, inspired from his teaching and consulting experience and books on behavioral psychology, design and decision making in different domains, and logical fallacies. The information presented is simplified. If you want... Read more

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock on OOP in Smalltalk

November 7, 2021

How did a pioneer of OOP think about it? And how was Smalltalk different? Watch this excerpt of a longer chat with Rebecca Wirfs-Brock about the fundamental ideas behind OOP. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/RsOH9solGdE Rebecca Wirfs-Brock is an internationally recognized leader in the development of effective software design and architecture techniques. Among her... Read more

Relativistic time for developers

October 31, 2021

Today the hour changes due to the Daylight Saving Time in a few states in Europe. So it's a good time to remember that date and time are more difficult than they seem for developers. Watch now to understand the effects of relativistic time on your code – something less common for now, but that... Read more

How to Test Date and Time

October 31, 2021

Today the hour changes due to the Daylight Saving Time in a few states in Europe. So it's a good time to remember that date and time are more difficult than they seem for developers. Watch now for a few hints on how to test your date/time code better. This is an excerpt from a... Read more

Agile Release Planning with Multiple Teams

October 23, 2021

We're answering a question from a friend: how to plan medium term (3-5 sprints) releases with multiple teams? Adi Bolboaca is a VP, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized training, coaching, and advice for companies who... Read more

Emily Bache and Alex Bolboaca

October 16, 2021

Emily Bache is a polyglot programmer, experienced Technical Agile Coach, Trainer, Software Developer and Architect, with a focus on Test Driven Development and automated testing in general. She is developing the "Samman" coaching method which involves short, frequent training sessions and whole-team ensemble working on realistic tasks to practice new ways of working. She authored... Read more

Business Significance of Resilience Testing

October 2, 2021

It's time for a new focused chat! The topic is resilience testing, and we discuss about what it means, its importance for business, the mindset required, and a few technical constructs that can help. Adi Bolboaca is a VP, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach... Read more

Patricia Aas on Learning Functional Programming First

September 25, 2021

Patricia Aas remembers how she started programming through the functional approach, and how she switched to imperative later on. This is part of a longer conversation that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/csLe1IK7X5U. Patricia is a programmer who has worked mostly in C++ and Java. She has spent her career continuously delivering from the same code-base... Read more

Patricia Aas And Alex Bolboaca

September 18, 2021

How does one feel about OOP after starting with functional programming? How to build a modern browser? And how can you avoid most of your security issues with C++? We discuss this and more with Patricia Aas. Patricia is a programmer who has worked mostly in C++ and Java. She has spent her career continuously... Read more

Linda Rising – Elegance in Programming

September 12, 2021

Why is elegance important in programming? How to identify it? And how does a math notion of elegance apply to programs? This is an excerpt from a longer conversation between Alex Bolboaca and Linda Rising. Watch the whole video here: https://youtu.be/cjA6tYYqt-E Linda Rising is an independent software consultant who started as a scientist. She has... Read more

The secret origin of strong-style pairing with Llewellyn Falco

September 4, 2021

Many discoveries happen by mistake. It turns out that strong style pairing was discovered by mistake by Llewellyn Falco. This is an excerpt from a longer conversation with Llewellyn. Llewellyn Falco is an Agile Technical Coach specializing in Legacy Code and Test Driven Development. He is the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests... Read more

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