Sal, Cape Verde

Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Sal is home to some of the best beaches in Cape Verde, and Santa Maria is where you’ll find clean white sands stretching off to the horizon in either direction. The island is 35 km long by 12 km wide, so you can explore it even during one day. It’s name translated from Portuguese means literally salt and comes from the mines at Pedra de Lume.

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Automattic Grand Meetup 2016

Automattic gets the whole company together once a year for seven days so that employees can meet in person, work on projects, take classes and hang out together. It’s extremely important because we all work from home on a daily basis and see each other mostly online. Last year I had a lot of fun at the Grand Meetup in Park City, Utah and this year it felt even better to be around almost 500 Automatticians in Whistler, British Columbia.

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Calypso data kung fu – WordPress.com use case

This post is going to be used as a presentation during my upcoming talk at ReactJS Wrocław meetup. The event is planned for Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 19.00. You can find more details here.

Calypso

Calypso is the codename for a WordPress.com admin interface. This is what I wrote about it in one of my previous posts:

This is a universal (aka isomorphic) JavaScript single page app written in ES6 using webpack, express, ReactFlux Redux, WordPress Rest API and many other front-end libraries.

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London, United Kingdom

They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Therefore, I also found some time to do some sightseeing while attending the Advanced TDD workshop. London is the capital city of England with the population over 8 million and it’s one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. It has so many attractions that I would probably have to spend there a couple of weeks to see only the most popular ones. Luckily, my childhood friend volunteered to take me on a city tour. Łukasz has spent the last 12 years in the United Kingdom, so we don’t see each other too often. Even so, we had a really great time recalling old times while we were exploring this metropolis.

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Recap: Advanced TDD workshop with Uncle Bob

Earlier this week I attended a three day Advanced TDD workshop delivered by Uncle Bob Martin. The course explained the principles and practices of Test-driven development as described in his book, Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices. It was an amazing experience, packed with great knowledge, so I couldn’t resist sharing my notes.

Uncle Bob (Robert C. Martin):

He has been a programmer since 1970. He is the Master Craftsman at 8th Light inc, an acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, and the author of many books including: The Clean Coder, Clean Code, Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, and UML for Java Programmers.
– Skills Matter

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Lisbon, Portugal

Travelling is a one of the greatest benefits of working for a distributed company. It has been only 10 months since I joined Automattic, but I already have been on a business travel in four different locations. First I was attending WordCamp Polska conference in Kraków. Then I had company meetup in Park City, Utah. Soon after I had my team’s get together in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Finally I had my second team meetup in Lisbon, Portugal during the first week of March.

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Random nutrition facts

This is more of a note to self than a blog post. It contains random facts about healthy eating habits.

Easily digestible diet

More of:

  • cooked meat
  • roasted meat
  • stewed fruits
  • graham bread

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Calypso – new WordPress.com

I’ve been working at Automattic only for 8 months now, but I must admit that so far this is the most exciting period of my 10 years long professional career. I’m lucky to work with amazing people on new WordPress.com admin interface called Calypso. This is an universal (aka isomorphic) JavaScript single page app written in ES6 using webpack, express, ReactFlux, WordPress Rest API and many other front-end libraries.

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Eurotrip Italy – France – Germany

Ned Stark would say “Winter is Coming”.  This is no better time than now to go back to warm summer memories. This August we were on a road trip together with my wife and our friends. Our trip in a nutshell:

  • 5 countries visited (including Vatican and Monaco)
  • 7 places we stayed in
  • 14 days of travel
  • over 5 000 km on the trip meter

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Learning functional programming

Lately I wanted to explore more in-depth functional programming concepts. When I was looking for resources I found an interesting bundle (with 60% discount) from O’Reilly:

It turned out they are really nice because they present code examples from the different programming languages like: Java, Scala or Closure. That approach gives you a bigger picture how functional programming can be applied. I’d say that the book contains almost everything you can see in the related video. In addition, it’s more up to date and it contains a bit more details. On the other hand the video is much more interactive.

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