Artificial intelligence terminology everyone in business should know

Although history has not always been kind to it, artificial intelligence is definitely here to stay. People continue to conduct groundbreaking research in the field of AI on a daily basis. They also try to find new ways to integrate it into other areas of our lives.

Data from PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that business leaders expect artificial intelligence to be fundamental in the future, with 72% of them actually calling it a business advantage. So, it is obvious that many more will want to jump in the AI bandwagon and help revolutionize the world. Therefore, understanding the main terminology and concepts in AI is essential for everyone in the business world.

Artificial Intelligence

The idea of a device being ‘intelligent’ has been embedded in the human mind since antiquity. Yet, the term artificial intelligence has been defined and founded as an academic discipline much later, in 1956.

Algorithm

Algorithms are the cornerstone of artificial intelligence. They represent a set of rules (math formulas and/or programming commands) that help a regular computer learn how to solve problems with AI.

Machine Learning

Machine learning is the part of artificial intelligence that allows computers to improve themselves over time as a result of experience and practice. According to computer scientist Arthur Samuel, who coined the term in 1959, machine learning enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed.

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Masterclass: Testing Strategies for Microservices

Date: 9 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

About the training

Software development is trending toward building systems using small, autonomous, independently deployable services called microservices.

Leveraging microservices makes it easier to add and modify system behavior with minimal or no service interruption. Because they facilitate releasing software early, frequently, and continuously, microservices are especially popular in DevOps.

But how do microservices affect software testing and testability? Are there new testing challenges that arise from this paradigm? Or are these simply old challenges disguised as new ones?

Join Tariq King as he describes the pros and cons of testing under the microservices architecture.

Learn how to develop a microservices testing strategy that fits your project needs—and avoids common pitfalls and misunderstandings.

Whether you’re already using microservices or just considering making the shift, come and engage with Tariq as he brings clarity to testing in a microservices world.

The trainer

Tariq King is the senior director and engineering fellow for quality and performance at Ultimate Software. With more than fifteen years’ experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq heads Ultimate Software’s quality program by providing technical and people leadership, strategic direction, staff training, and research and development in software quality and testing practices. Tariq is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, has published more than thirty research articles in IEEE- and ACM-sponsored journals, and has developed and taught software testing courses in both industry and academia. His primary research interest is engineering autonomous self-testing systems. He is cofounder with Jason Arbon of the Artificial Intelligence for Software Testing Association.

Date: 9 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

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Masterclass: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World

Date: 8 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

About the training

Software continues to revolutionize the world, impacting nearly every aspect of our work, family, and personal life. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are playing key roles in this revolution through improvements in search results, recommendations, forecasts, and other predictions.

AI and ML technologies are being used in platforms for digital assistants, home entertainment, medical diagnosis, customer support, and autonomous vehicles.

Testing practitioners are recognizing the potential for advances in AI and ML to be leveraged for automated testing—an area that still requires significant manual effort.

Tariq King will introduce you to the world of AI for software testing. Learn the fundamentals behind autonomous and intelligent agents, ML approaches including Bayesian networks, decision tree learning, neural networks, and reinforcement learning.

You’ll discover how to apply these techniques to common testing tasks such as identifying testable features, generating test flows, and detecting erroneous states.

Come and train your first artificial brain on how to test software.

The trainer

Tariq King is the senior director and engineering fellow for quality and performance at Ultimate Software. With more than fifteen years’ experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq heads Ultimate Software’s quality program by providing technical and people leadership, strategic direction, staff training, and research and development in software quality and testing practices. Tariq is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, has published more than thirty research articles in IEEE- and ACM-sponsored journals, and has developed and taught software testing courses in both industry and academia. His primary research interest is engineering autonomous self-testing systems. He is cofounder with Jason Arbon of the Artificial Intelligence for Software Testing Association.

Date: 8 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €300/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

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Masterclass: The Art of Unit Testing and TDD

Date: 4– 5 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €600/participant plus VAT, only 18 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

About the training

The Problem

Unit testing, done badly, can hurt your project more than it helps. In some cases, it may lead to project schedule delays, and unhappy developers due to huge maintenance problems. But when unit testing is done right, it can help the project and developers’ confidence immensely. The challenge is – how do you do it in a way that is helping, rather than hurting your project?

Objective

In this workshop we will learn essential test driven skills and techniques for writing unit tests in a readable, maintainable and trustworthy fashion, so that we can feel more confident in our code, make it simpler, and save ourselves time in debugging and maintaining our code base. we will also look at some code design issues that hurt testability.

1. Learn how to write readable, maintainable, trustworthy unit tests

2. Learn how to refactor and test legacy code, and what to do when we cannot change existing code.

3. Learn the principles of Test Driven Development, and develop new features using TDD.

4. Learn how to Pair Program, and experience it throughout the course

5. Learn about mocks, stubs fakes, and the difference between them

6. Learn about Isolation(mocking) frameworks, how they work, and why some frameworks are more capable than others.

Materials

All students get a PDF of all the slides in the course, in downloadable form.

Agenda

Day 1: Beginnings (09:00-17:00)

1. What is the “unit” in “unit testing”? A discussion about unit of work.

2. The first unit test

3. Basic NUnit APIs, test runners, tips and tricks

4. Writing readable tests

5. Test Driven Development Introduction

6. String Calculator Kata Exercises

7. Value based, State Based and Interaction Based Tests

8. Understanding Fakes, Mocks and Stubs

9. Hand Written Fakes, Stubs and Mocks

Day 2: Isolation Frameworks (09:00-17:00)

11. Isolation Frameworks: Constrained and Unconstrained

12. Isolation Framework Comparisons (Rhino Mocks, Typemock, Moq, FakeItEasy, NSubstitute, NUnitMocks, MsFakes)

13. Exercises

14. Unit Testing Best Practices

15. Code Review Exercises

The trainer

Roy is the author of “The Art of Unit Testing”, “Notes to a Software Team Leader” and “Elastic Leadership”. He writes code, ships software. He looks at the big picture and helps optimize continuous delivery flow. He gets things done. He likes the ideas behind DevOps and tries to implement them on a day to day basis. Roy also consults, Trains and speaks about Agile Teams, Agile and Elastic Leadership,CI/CD, DevOps, TDD and more.
Specialties: Automation and delivery, coding (.net, java, C++), Leading Technical People, Getting my hands dirty, TDD, Unit Testing and more.
Roy is a Bitcoin enthusiast and owns a few.

Date: 4– 5 April 2019, IASI
Training fee: €600/participant plus VAT, only 18 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

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The beginning of AI and its first breakthroughs

Over the past few years, artificial intelligence has found its way into numerous areas of our lives. Finance, healthcare, retail, education, manufacturing, to name but a few, are some of the industries that have integrated artificial intelligence capabilities into their businesses.

But to fully acknowledge the implications, one must really understand the premises and beginnings of AI too.

The Imitation Game

British mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing is often considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. In 1936, he developed the Turing machine, which was an abstract model that could use a predefined set of rules to determine a result from a set of input variables.

The Dartmouth Workshop

The official birth of AI took place in the summer of 1956 when John McCarthy held the first workshop on artificial intelligence at the Dartmouth College. The complete name of the workshop was the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence and the purpose of it was to discuss computers, natural language processingneural networks, theory of computation, abstraction and creativity.

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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.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come a long way from just being a buzzword and became a key competitive advantage for most businesses. New breakthroughs in AI are driving robotics even further. Driverless cars, cognitive surgical robotics, assistive exoskeletons are just a very few examples of what`s going on in the robotics industry, the only field that`s growing faster than expected.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years. “The new World Robotics Report shows that a new record high of 381,000 units was shipped globally in 2017 – an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year. This means that the annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value increased by 21 percent compared to 2016 to a new peak of US$16.2 billion in 2017”, shows their latest press release.

The developing of extremely complex, independent and revolutionary humanoid robots is evolving faster than ever. The newly developed systems are aimed to bring efficiency, to help in difficult or risky tasks, or solve hazardous problems. Without aiming to cover every industry or sector, AXON Soft is presenting you a couple of breakthroughs that are already changing the world as we know it.

The future is here

Boston Dynamics prides itself with building machines that both break boundaries and work in the real world. And, for sure, they make a worldwide impression. A couple of weeks ago, the company launched a video showing the new features of Atlas, their most agile and advanced humanoid robot. The latest video shows Atlas performing parkour tricks.

“The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms, and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace.  (Step height 40 cm.)  Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately”. the video’s description states.

More recently, they posted a video with Spot, a small four-legged robot dancing. The robot that twerks and looks back conquered the Internet with almost 5 million views in three weeks.

Breakthroughs in healthcare

Robots make a great difference in healthcare. They improve patient care, reduce costs and waste, and offer levels of measurability and traceability that no human being could achieve. Healthcare robots are transforming the medical act as we know it. Minimally invasive procedures are taken for granted by most of us, although a couple of years ago they didn`t even exist. But innovation doesn’t stop here. Prosthetics have advanced in recent years.  At the beginning of 2018, Johnny Matheny became the first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm. Johnny Matheny, who lost his arm to cancer in 2005, is testing the $120-million prosthetic developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Through this year, he learned to play the piano with his mind-controlled robotic arm.

Exploring polar regions of the Moon

LUVMI is a small lightweight rover, being designed to explore polar regions of the Moon. An international consortium of 5 partners from science and space industry have come together to design LUVMI – Space Applications Services (Belgium), The Open University (UK), Dynamic Imaging Analytics (UK), Technical University of Munich (Germany) and OHB System AG (Germany).

“LUVMI is a lightweight, low-cost alternative weighing no more than 40kg. It will be able to analyze rock samples faster than a conventional rover and with less contamination”, states on their website.

The system consists of a mobile payload support platform that can carry a number of instruments for the analysis of the lunar pole environment and it will drive into a Permanently Shadowed Region (PSR), believed to hold vast stores of water.

Let`s get social

SoftBank robots like Pepper or NAO already conquered the audience with their friendliness and positive attitude. They are being used in all kind of services, from tourism to finance or education and their applications are unlimited.

All barriers are questioned by the limitless possibilities offered by AI. For instance, reinventing traditional footwear with connected sneakers that integrate wearable technology is just one of the kick starters that got our attention. Hardware and software technologies are engineered directly into the shoe itself, creating an interactive Smartshoe that is constantly evaluating and providing you with personalized feedback regarding health, smart connectivity and so on.  Not surprisingly, the Smartshoe includes auto-lacing, temperature regulation with heating, and more.

 

This aticle was written by Axonsoft. Read more here.

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. But what should we expect from the next generation of Wi-Fi technology?

5G stands for the fifth generation of the next wireless mobile standard and it`s expected to bring three major changes. First of all, it will bring greater speed in order to move more data, lower latency that will assure more responsiveness, and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once.

5G requirements

According to an analysis made by GSMA  (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) a couple of years ago, the industry initiatives that have progressed with work on 5G identify a set of eight requirements:

  • 1-10Gbps connections to endpoints in the field (i.e. not theoretical maximum)
  • 1 millisecond end-to-end round trip delay (latency)
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • 10-100x number of connected devices
  • (Perception of) 99.999% availability
  • (Perception of) 100% coverage
  • 90% reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices

Enabling innovation

The high speed, low latency and low power that 5G will bring should allow IoT to reach new picks and take on new challenges that were too hard to achieve with 4G. Personal identification tags, infra-red sensors, and high bandwidth video are just a couple of examples of products that will benefit from an explosion in growth thanks to 5G. Although, the leading industrial players don`t expect amazing changes regarding the Industrial IoT. In an interview  conducted by IoTSWC, Richard Soley, Executive Director of Industrial Internet Consortium explains why 5G is not about Industrial IoT:

” An amazingly large number of people believe that 5G IS Industrial IoT. It’s not, it’s just an enabling technology — an important one, but one of many. In many IIoT implementations, wireless solutions don’t even appear (in many industrial scenarios, you have systems that don’t move and must operate in an environment with high RF interference, so wireless solutions just don’t figure into it). That said, there are important applications of IIoT (I suspect especially in transportation) that are going to depend on the high throughput and low latency of 5G moving forward”, believes Richard Soley.

This article was written by Axonsoft. Read more here. 

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Baia Mare | 17 November

partners baia mare

Codecamp Baia Mare will take place on November 17. Don’t forget to register HERE

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT Data

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

Two programming aficionados, Daniel Dines and Marius Tarca, both Romanian, started writing the history of UiPath more than 12 years ago founding DeskOver – a software outsourcing company. The firm was building automation libraries and sharing them with developers from all over the world and software development kits for other organizations such as IBM, Google and Microsoft to embed in their own products. Our code was and is still used on literally millions of machines around the world, part of different products.

In 2012, the team has realized the market fit with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and started orienting resources towards building a platform for training and orchestrating software robots, and one year later they launched the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line based on Microsoft Workflow Designer – specifically targeting the RPA market. It was was the year the company initiated its first RPA journey with Sutherland and Dell to automate business processes. Already hundreds of processed were being automated using UiPath.

In 2015, DeskOver became UiPath, and concluded its first partnerships with several global BPO & Consulting Firms such as: Cognizant, Capgemini, Symphony, NIIT, Genfour, Virtual Operations, Symphony. Hundreds of processes began to be automated using the UiPath RPA tool. A stream of international recognitions followed suit – Aecus recognized UiPath as a Prominent Technological Innovator, Horses for Sources positioned UiPath in the Winner Circle of their RPA blueprint.

In April 2016, UiPath oversaw the launch of Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also made available the Studio Community Edition reaching 10,000 active members in 6 months.

2017 was clearly the year of global expansion for UiPath. In April, the company raised a $30 million series-A funding led by Accel to assist with company expansion and product development, focusing on Artificial Intelligence capabilities. UiPath continued to grow – teams scaling up and new locations opening globally: Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, Paris. UiPath Academy was born allowing thousands of people worldwide train with the UiPath RPA platform solution. UiPath’s footprint in the automation industry kept being acknowledged with several honouring titles – a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA (Everest Group), and – based on superior technology – as RPA industry leader (Forrester).

UiPath debuted its UiPath Forward event series in New York, which then continued to London and Bengaluru amassing more than 2000 customers, partners, analysts, thought leaders in the field of RPA to discuss its future and the impact on work and society.

At the beginning of this year, UiPath became a unicorn company! It raised $153 million Series B funding led by Accel, with Capital G (former Google Capital) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as co-contributors. UiPath became the only RPA vendor to be named a Leader and Star Performer for two years in a row by the RPA PEAK Matrix survey conducted by Everest Group.

Half an year later, UiPath raises a new $225M funding Series C led by @CapitalG and @SequoiaCapital, becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history.

UiPath is currently the enterprise RPA platform with the widest rate of adoption. More than 1800 enterprise customers and government agencies use it to rapidly deploy software robots.

UiPath’s presence extends now to 16 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 1700 people.

 

Edurom

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

logo ensemble

We are a software consulting company that delivers user experience, development, integration, and QA services for enterprise and consumer-facing applications. We build solutions for mobile & tablet, desktop web, digital publishing, interactive forms, and connected devices.

Here at Ensemble, it’s plain and simple, we make software. But it’s clear that our employees are the ones who make each of our projects a success. We’re proud of what we do, and we’re committed to giving you the correct tools to do your job, and do it well.

Our work with industry leaders such as Adobe®, Microsoft®, and Amazon® has built up an expansive portfolio and extensive experience in mobile app development, digital publishing, connected TV & consoles, enterprise solutions, digital marketing and cloud & infrastructure.

Since 1995, we have been building a strong company foundation, with each of the core members of our management team having been with the company for most of this time. We also always aim to promote from within first to ensure that we retain our greatest asset – our employees.

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

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We began working in 2001, and during these years we never stopped thinking bigger. Under the name Programming Pool we specialized and created web-based applications for various service industries, and we’ve had the opportunity of working with clients from all over the world.

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Chișinău | 17 November

partners chisinau

Codecamp Chișinău will take place on November 17. Don’t forget to register HERE

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT Data

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

Two programming aficionados, Daniel Dines and Marius Tarca, both Romanian, started writing the history of UiPath more than 12 years ago founding DeskOver – a software outsourcing company. The firm was building automation libraries and sharing them with developers from all over the world and software development kits for other organizations such as IBM, Google and Microsoft to embed in their own products. Our code was and is still used on literally millions of machines around the world, part of different products.

In 2012, the team has realized the market fit with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and started orienting resources towards building a platform for training and orchestrating software robots, and one year later they launched the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line based on Microsoft Workflow Designer – specifically targeting the RPA market. It was was the year the company initiated its first RPA journey with Sutherland and Dell to automate business processes. Already hundreds of processed were being automated using UiPath.

In 2015, DeskOver became UiPath, and concluded its first partnerships with several global BPO & Consulting Firms such as: Cognizant, Capgemini, Symphony, NIIT, Genfour, Virtual Operations, Symphony. Hundreds of processes began to be automated using the UiPath RPA tool. A stream of international recognitions followed suit – Aecus recognized UiPath as a Prominent Technological Innovator, Horses for Sources positioned UiPath in the Winner Circle of their RPA blueprint.

In April 2016, UiPath oversaw the launch of Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also made available the Studio Community Edition reaching 10,000 active members in 6 months.

2017 was clearly the year of global expansion for UiPath. In April, the company raised a $30 million series-A funding led by Accel to assist with company expansion and product development, focusing on Artificial Intelligence capabilities. UiPath continued to grow – teams scaling up and new locations opening globally: Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, Paris. UiPath Academy was born allowing thousands of people worldwide train with the UiPath RPA platform solution. UiPath’s footprint in the automation industry kept being acknowledged with several honouring titles – a global Leader and Star Performer in RPA (Everest Group), and – based on superior technology – as RPA industry leader (Forrester).

UiPath debuted its UiPath Forward event series in New York, which then continued to London and Bengaluru amassing more than 2000 customers, partners, analysts, thought leaders in the field of RPA to discuss its future and the impact on work and society.

At the beginning of this year, UiPath became a unicorn company! It raised $153 million Series B funding led by Accel, with Capital G (former Google Capital) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as co-contributors. UiPath became the only RPA vendor to be named a Leader and Star Performer for two years in a row by the RPA PEAK Matrix survey conducted by Everest Group.

Half an year later, UiPath raises a new $225M funding Series C led by @CapitalG and @SequoiaCapital, becoming one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history.

UiPath is currently the enterprise RPA platform with the widest rate of adoption. More than 1800 enterprise customers and government agencies use it to rapidly deploy software robots.

UiPath’s presence extends now to 16 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 1700 people.

Ness Technologies

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

ISSCO

ISSCO is the brand behind successful IT projects delivering in the West innovative technologies assimilated along 15 years of worldwide software development experience. ISSCO is widely known on the international market in Western Europe doubled by a prolific activity on the Romanian market, thus we are a perfect and healthy combination of OUTSOURCING and DEVELOPMENT OF OWN SERVICES AND PRODUCTS.

Outsourcing is a core component of their business, they work selectively for valuable customers on software development projects, building up specific teams that develop new solutions on explicit requests. In this approach, they use both latest technologies and current methodologies focusing on team involvement in architectural decisions. Their internal projects focus on their own products and solutions, which they develop and sell globally focusing on the needs of both small business and those of corporation solutions from scratch:
● Software development
● Mobile applications
● Hosting
● Quality assurance as a Service
● Cloud solutions;

ISSCO focuses daily on Company values, stimulates its team to work in a professional tempo to performance and valuable experience! The implementation of their successful projects would not have been possible without the involvement and sustained effort of a 45 developers team working in both Iasi and Bacau offices.

Now they are opening an office in Chisinau too and eager to welcome newcomers in their team!

They are also present in the social life of the community that they serve through active participation in social charity events.

Amdaris

AMDARIS is a rapidly expanding multinational Software Development Company. With offices in the UK, Romania and Moldova, they combine deep technology expertise, solutions architecture capability, development and program management skills that deliver best-in class Solutions that help Enterprises scale and meet their software challenges. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning they are industry recognized as being “best-in-class”, and are in the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem.

AMDARIS delivers projects and programmes, working on products or platforms for clients ranging from tech start-ups, through to global multi-billion dollar businesses.

Their Abilities

They are able to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing product design, project management, develop & build, through to automated testing, deployment, integration and ongoing support and Lifecycle Management.

  • Their delivery models include:
  • Augmented Development Resource (Including Teams, Complete Software Development function Agile, Waterfall or Hybrid
  • Blend of On-Site and Near-Shore

Operational excellence, governance and quality underpin everything they do. As an ISO9001 and ISO27001 company, their enterprise clients see them as a safe pair of hands.

 

Edurom

Edurom is a national company that has been successfully providing in Romania, since 2002, human resources services, based on two powerful and well known global methodologies: BELBIN and Situational Leadership -The Original Model.

Moreover, EDUROM exclusively represents these methodologies in Romania. Thus, day by day, we are striving to: Build Leaders, Create and Develop PERFORMING Teams, and achieve significant Improvements of Productivity for our customers. Based on this, Edurom provides professional services in Training, Recruitment, AND Consultancy (Performance Management and Productivity Improvement).

 

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Tacit Knowledge is a global consultancy focused on digital retail, owned by global technology company Pitney Bowes. Tacit have worked at the nexus of commerce and content since 2002, applying Silicon Valley innovation and know-how to global retailers and brands. Tacit is now part of Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of shipping, mailing, data and ecommerce. Tacit and Pitney Bowes provide the platforms and services to allow brands and retailers to connect and engage with their customers.

 

Mixbook Moldova is the development branch of a Silicon Valley company, headquartered in Redwood, California. For over 12 years Mixbook has delivered an intuitive and user-friendly online tool which helps consumers turn memories into digital masterpieces, which will accompany them for a lifetime.

The Moldovan branch is in a continuous search for experienced engineers and devs to add to the team. The branch is conveniently placed in Chisinau’s center, in a brand new office that is filled with nothing but good people and good vibes.

Ellation creates experiences for passionate communities to connect through the content they love. The company operates at the intersection of technology and media, and is redefining the next wave of media interaction and consumption. Ellation is a product, design, engineering, marketing and content company aimed at people looking to bring communities together, build sustainable business models for content creators, use technology to increase engagement, and access content globally.

 

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Stefanini is a Brazilian company with over three decades of IT expertise, ranging from IT infrastructure outsourcing to software applications development and maintenance, focused on making the digital transformation dream a successful reality for our clients. They have a direct presence in 40 countries, through 77 offices, enjoy working for over 500 clients.

They’ve been on the Romanian market for 13 years, building a team of over 1 600 people in their offices in Bucharest, Sibiu and Târgu Mureș. Since 2016 they have been also present in Chișinău with a team of around 90 people delivering great services.

Their “big enough, yet small enough” approach makes us flexible, responsive and agile. Stefanini has career opportunities for professionals interested in a vibrant, passionate, team-oriented workplace.

Learn more about them on https://stefanini.com and join them on facebook.com/stefaniniromania/.

Endava is a public technology company, with over 17 years of experience of working with some of the world’s leading Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, and Retail companies. Through the Digital Evolution, Agile Transformation and Automation solutions, Endava helps its clients be more engaging, responsive and efficient by supporting them from ideation to production.
Endava has 4,700 employees located in offices in North America and Western Europe and delivery centers in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Colombia.
Along with investing in long-term customer relationships, Endava recognized the importance of providing rewarding and challenging careers for people and, by doing so, has established itself as the employer of choice in certain regions.

 

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Positioning Statement GAUS makes recruitment work without CVs. IT companies that need to employ Junior Developers can use GAUS to access intelligently pre-matched warm leads, that are ready to get hired. Unlike general recruitment tools, GAUS uses already available social data, aligns the expectations with an interactive chatbot and combines that with machine learning algorithms and recruitment know-how gathered from over 10.000 interviews to provide high accuracy matches. In this way, we transform the rigid selection process into a simple, effective and pleasant experience.

Starlab is a fast-growing IT company which is providing SMART and Innovative IT Service & Solutions. We develop on a healthy mix of next generation and experience that are based on Silicon Valley atmosphere. Founded in 2012, we have been providing Technical Support for the biggest telecommunication companies in Moldova as well as assuring development of the Epicor ERP system. Since September 2017 StarLab developed products for external market and today we’re proud to have the trust of our international clients such as Porsche and Ness. We believe that our people are the ones who are driving and evolving the company thanks to their responsibility, optimism and desire for challenge. We know that with the right people on board everything it’s possible!

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

 

Jivy Group is a group of people and companies working together in the startup nation.
Jivy Group develops software products for a variety of startups in different industries such as gaming, social networks, trading industries, media complementary products, ad networks, online gambling and more.

 

Tester vs Developer – The never-ending battle

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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.

  • Is better to be a software developer or a tester?
  • Is development superior to QA?
  • Why QA and not DEV?
  • Developers and Testers are like oil and water?

And this list can continue over and over.

The first question that a newbie in this domain would ask is: “What`s a tester?”, now dear testers don’t be offended because some of you put the same question before starting to work as a tester, I also did that. This is a very normal thing, let`s do a small exercise to explain you why:

  • Think about some movies that are about software developing, writing code, developers, hackers and so on.
  • Now think about a movie that is about testing and quality assurance.

Probably it was much easier for everybody to remember some movies related to development than to testing.

Because being a developer seems to be so popular and cool, sometimes being a tester can look less important, but is this true?

In order to resolve this myth, we have to know both the tester and the developer.

As I mentioned at the begging of this article, the tester and the developer have different ways of thinking. It is quite obvious that testers look at the product from a different perspective than programmers do. The developers think about how they can create the application and the testers about how they could break it. By saying “How they could break it” it does not mean that a tester will spoil the work done by the developer. It means that the tester will take the user role and apply all the possible and impossible scenarios on the application. This is done so that the application will not break when it’s released in the live environment. In some cases, for both developers and testers, it’s hard to understand the peculiarities of each other’s work.  That’s why sometimes developers don’t understand why the testers break their application and the testers don’t understand why the developers create such a faulty application.

A developer works hard to develop a product, which he handles with so much care and gentleness; a tester works hard to break this code handling it in the worst possible cases and scenarios to test its strength, resistance power and defects.

So, when a developer finally hands over his much-nurtured sprint to the merciless team of testers, ready to execute the ‘out of the box’ testing, they silently demolish the code…

Developers are often seen to possess parental attachment to the code they create. How many times did anyone heard these statements: “This is an edge case, the users will never do that” or “I know my code, it wouldn’t do that”?  Well, guess what? The code actually just did that! It might sound a bit silly, but a good programmer knows how to be more objective and accept the fact that testers have to do terrible things to their code, because, if they don’t, someone else will definitely do it!

Often the developers don`t know how their code is going to be handled at the other end of the boundary wall, and they aren’t ready for the millions of “edge cases” that testers will find.

Being in the development environment, which usually resolves around positives scenarios of how to make things work efficiently, they often lack the ability to switch to “what can go wrong” mind state. From here, another thing that we hear many times is “This is not reproducible on my machine”/ or “I cannot reproduce this”?

As we already know, every project has a deadline when the product has to be released in the “wild” and this leads to some questions:

  • How will this never-ending battle between the Creator(developer) and the Destroyer(tester) end?
  • What is the purpose of this battle?
  • Who is right or wrong?
  • Which one is better?

After the developers and testers start to understand each other better, they can learn to work together. This is a progress and at the end, only by working together, they will reach their common purpose.

As humans, we`re going to make mistakes, it’s what make us humans, and most of the times, the most effective way of learning is from a mistake. Often it is much easier to detect a mistake in the work of someone else than to see it on your own. That’s why developers and testers complement each other.

Both do mistakes. It is not important who does most of them. What is truly important is that they find the solution to fix that problem, together, as a team.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. We know that progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.

I think that now you are ready to find the truth about this battle:

Developers and testers are not enemies, they are in the same team and they fight for the same purpose: To deliver a Quality Product!

The real never-ending battle is to deliver a Quality Product!

This article is written by Programming Pool.