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Agility implies Craftsmanship

April 10, 2016

This article was published first in Today Software Magazine, no 16. Below it’s the full version. The authors are Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca.   In 2001, a group of people unpleased about the state of software development gathered in a mountain ski resort from Utah. One thing leading to another, they started discussing about the industrial methods applied at the... Read more

Joining a team? 5 techniques to start & a developer story

March 31, 2016

Making a new developer productive as quickly as possible is most of the times challenging for the product team. I’ve heard stories about new on-boarding team members needing up to several weeks, or even months, until they feel comfortable or knowledgeable enough about the project and the code. This shouldn’t be the norm. Situations like these are... Read more

Software Craftsman’s Tools: Unit Testing

March 3, 2016

This article was first published in Today Software Magazine, no 12. Below it’s the full version. The authors are: Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca. The Problem Imagine the following situation: a team has developed for 6 months a great product that immediately sells. Users show their passion for the product by asking new features. If the team does not deliver the new features... Read more

Question the software design – Part 5 – Big projects

January 26, 2016

  J.B. Rainsberger and Alex Bolboaca, two experienced programmers, trainers and consultants, with more than 15 years in the software development field, took the stage and answered a series of questions about how to create better software design. Their live conversation meant sharing valuable insights and new perspectives with the audience. Below you can watch the last part of the series.... Read more

Question the software design – Part 4 – Refactoring

January 19, 2016

J.B. Rainsberger and Alex Bolboaca, two experienced programmers, trainers and consultants, with more than 15 years in the software development field, took the stage and answered a series of questions about how to create better software design. Their live conversation meant sharing valuable insights and new perspectives with the audience. This is the fourth part of the series. The previous parts are... Read more

Question the software design – Part 3 – Design in practice

January 14, 2016

J.B. Rainsberger and Alex Bolboaca, two experienced programmers, trainers and consultants, with more than 15 years in the software development field, took the stage and answered a series of questions about how to create better software design. Their live conversation meant sharing valuable insights and new perspectives with the audience. Below you can watch the third part of the Q&A session.... Read more

Company Culture – A Developer’s Perspective

September 15, 2015

Recently we’ve proudly announced the launch of MozaicLabs – spin-off from MozaicWorks focusing on developing proprietary software products. As the MozaicWorks team has always been a team of practitioners, MozaicLabs focuses our doers efforts into bringing innovative products to market. Aiming to bring great value and delight to customers, we pay as much attention to the user... Read more

Usable Software Design

February 4, 2015

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the fact that we tend to perceive software design as userless. Whenever we talk about design in other domains than software, we discuss it from a user-centric point of view. Apple’s products are renowned because they focus on the experience of a user with their device: how... Read more

Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 in Vienna

December 9, 2014

Picture taken in the same at Global Day of Coderetreat 2014, in Bucharest This year, Peter Kofler invited me to facilitate Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 in Vienna. The event was hosted by Frequentis and sponsored by Frequentis and I TAKE Unconference. The event was setup to be a challenge for any facilitator. About half... Read more

Test Driven Development and incremental design

November 25, 2014

As we were sharing in an article in Today Software Magazine (Adrian Bolboaca & Alexandru Bolboaca) our views about software craftsmanship, we came to the fact that Test Driven Development is one of the core practices for software craftsmen. Besides the increasing number of articles, blogs, short movies or books on this subject, Test Driven Development (TDD)... Read more

Are functional languages common at Coderetreats?

July 18, 2014

When was the last time you spent a full day just to practice new ways of coding? Back in 2008 four guys met during a conference and tried to encourage more people to engage in deliberate practice. This is how the Coderetreat concept was born. Briefly, a Coderetreat consists of 5-7 programming sessions of 45 minutes. The main characteristic of these sessions is... Read more