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?

tech conferences

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

How robots impact our economy

robots economy

The future where robots help humans in daily jobs and their everyday lives is not so far away anymore. We are facing the man and machine times, and robots already work in sectors such as industry, education, healthcare, service and so on. We are living in an amazing burst of innovation and we can already see robots that tidy up a room, deliver items around offices or, more impressive, mind control robotic arm. Read in full

5G service – faster download speeds and more complex mobile internet apps

5g service

The fifth generation of wireless technology is closer than we imagine. It was one of the main topics at Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) that just ended in Barcelona and not only. For Romania, Orange tested 5G this summer near Cluj, in Floresti. Next year Romanian authorities will organize the auction for 5G and till 2025, one-third of the Internet traffic will be supported by it. Read in full

Tester vs Developer – The never-ending battle

tester vs developer

Testers and Developers sometimes seem to be like two people from two different planets. A lot of things have been said about testers and developers. One thing is that they have different ways of thinking, and guess what? They really do have different ways of thinking, but is this making one better than the other? We shall see.

I can bet that everyone has heard these questions at least once in their life, mostly if you already work in the software development field. Read in full