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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The Maldives

The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls. It’s a tropical paradise­ of palm trees, white sandy beaches,­ sparkling clear, warm water in­ turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs. That’s why we decided together with my wife Ania to spend our honeymoon on the island of Meerufenfushi located in North Male Atoll. It turned out to be the best choice ever!

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My first half-marathon finished in 2:04:10

Four months ago I decided that I would give running a half-marathon a try for the first time in my life.

Preparations

Firstly, I spent a few weeks training, which involved workouts at the gym and running on a treadmill. When the spring came I could go outside and enjoy running closer to the nature. It was exactly three months before the target performance. Each week I was doing 3-4 workouts to boost my condition, which included one slower long run and one basketball 1.5 hour training game. One month before my first official half-marathon appearance I was able to run 18 km at a sustained pace. That gave me confidence that I could complete the target distance of 21.095 km.

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New role as a JavaScript Wrangler at Automattic

Today I started my new job at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month. I’m extremely excited that I became a part of 100% distributed team where everyone primarily works from home. I joined over 320 passionate people from all around the world and I will work as a JavaScript Wrangler. By the way, Automattic is always hiring.

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Using JavaScript ES6 in practice

We all know this language as JavaScript, but the official name is ECMAScript. The most recent official Ecma Standard is called ES5 (ECMAScript Language Specification Edition 5.1). It was published in June 2011 by TC39 (Ecma Technical Committee 39) – the committee evolving JavaScript. Focused development of the sixth edition started earlier in 2009, as the fifth edition was still being prepared for publication. It was initially named ES.next, but it’s widely known as ES6. This year new official name was announced ES2015 (The 2015 ECMAScript Language Specification). This is because TC39 plans to publish new version of JavaScript with small set of changes each year from now on. The final ES6 draft was published on April 14, 2015 and spec is frozen now. Formal publication is expected to be done in June 2015. Before that will happen it is already possible to get familiar with unofficial HTML version of the ES6 working draft. However I strongly recommend to check first very concise overview of ECMAScript 6 features. Another excellent resource to start with is ECMAScript 6 new features overview & comparison website that presents ES5 equivalent code next to ES6 code.
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Programming interview glossary

This blog post explains most of the popular keywords I was asked about during interviews for the various software engineering roles. They are presented in an alphabetical order. Personally I find this glossary very useful when preparing for the upcoming interview.

Agile Software Development

In 2001 a group of industry experts created a statement of values called The Manifesto of the Agile Alliance:

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

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