How to increase mobile purchases by implementing the right technology

With more than half of all internet traffic shopping from a mobile device, it is essential that your website is optimized to adapt to the technical limitations of a mobile device to meet your ecommerce goals. Statistics show that 40% of users will check what your competition has to offer if they have a bad mobile experience using your website.

So how you ensure that potential customers will thoroughly view your products on their mobile devices? Read in full

What to expect when joining a (pre-)accelerator program

Alexandra Anghel on what is means to join a (pre-)accelerator program.

As I prepare to join Techstars Montreal AI 2019, I realize that setting the right goals before beginning the journey of going through an accelerator is mandatory. This is my third experience of participating in an accelerator, having been through Startupbootcamp (Copenhagen / 2010) and Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (U.S. / 2016) with my previous startup. Read in full

The story behind StepFWD

Alexandra Anghel on how StepFWD started

At the beginning of 2015, me and my co-founder decided to rent a couple of desks at TechHub Bucharest. It was our first time trying out a co-working space and I was skeptical I could make the switch after working from a private office for so long.

Frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to get out of the house.

After securing a seed investment at the beginning of 2014, we had failed to generate enough revenue or raise a follow-on investment. Read in full

Adding automatic tests to an ASP.NET MVC application (part 1)

I. Introduction

Soon after software development has emerged, it became obvious that any application beyond a homework needs testing. Testing evolved naturally along with frameworks, both on client side and server side and now we are talking about Test-driven development and Behavior-driven development(e.g. Cucumber). Of course, most efficient tests are automatic ones.

A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to start a project from scratch (MDW Automatic Testing along with Claudiu) and I said to my self: why not develop a small framework to easily add automatic tests?

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A study towards understanding the job titles in a DevOps world

DevOps is an IT related concept heavily debated, marketed, talked-about in the industry for quite some years. What I love most about it is that it continuously improves; it is like a living organism, as any IT company built on people’s creativity, passion and knowledge.

As I see it, if DevOps would be a person, automation would be its heart, communication and knowledge sharing would be its blood, agile product management would be its brain while servant leadership (or even further — transformational leadership) would be its breathing air. Read in full

Welcome to the retail robot takeover

One of the main areas we’re starting to see the proven power of artificial intelligence is in the retail sector. Whether it’s a robot salesclerk whizzing down the aisles, ready to assist customers in need of directions, or number-crunching systems that make sense of big data rendering it both manageable and actionable to help a company make informed decisions that will positively impact its bottom line. Read in full

Why I would not choose Java to run in Kubernetes

Together with the rise of Java, Java Applications Servers (e.g Tomcat, IBM WAS) also came into the game. The idea of an application server was to have one JVM and to run multiple deployments (e.g. jar, ear, war), this way the memory footprint necessary for running lots of processes can be reduced.

Historically, the teams were well-defined in application administrators that could also be responsible with the operations aspects and developers with a focus on developing the business features of their product and not so much on how their code runs in terms of performance, reliability and so on. Read in full

Tech Conferences – why bother?

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IT is a man’s world, but IT wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl… Perhaps this is what James Brown would’ve said if he was still alive and working in the tech field.

The Hidden Figures of the Tech Industry

”There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” — Madeleine Albright

And here we are in 2018, still dealing with gender inequality and boys’ clubs around most of the tech industries. Read in full

The story of Codecamp

The story of Codecamp begins 12 years ago. And because no great story begins with eating a salad, Codecamp’s begins with three friends drinking beer. These three friends, let’s call them Florin, Dan and Gabriel, working in the growing IT scene of the town built on seven hills for some years now, realized that there was a thing missing from their professional and personal lives.

That thing was a tight-knit community, where everyone interested would have access to knowledge. Read in full