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Learn from some of the most accomplished engineering leaders. This blog brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers and tech leaders to level-up your management skills and to take your developer team to the next level.

Microservice Architecture: All the Best Practices You Need to Know

by Tamás Török / November 30, 2017

Switching to a microservice architecture seems easy, but tech leaders tend to underestimate the complexity of the project and make disastrous mistakes. Before transforming your monolithic system into microservices, or starting one from scratch, you need to carefully consider the technological and organizational challenges that will arise.

4 Effective Knowledge Transfer Methods for Software Teams

by Tamás Török / November 14, 2017

We all know knowledge transfer is key to building a kickass software developer team, but among many pressing issues, knowledge transfer is one of the first things that will be put aside when a burning deadline is approaching. But, the problem still stays here: knowledge is unevenly available in your team. In this blog post, we show you the most effective knowledge transfer methods for software teams.

Is Hiring Developers a Challenge? Here is How Tech Companies Came Over It

by Tamás Török / November 2, 2017

Hiring great software developers is a huge challenge. Actually, this is the biggest challenge (tech) companies are facing, according to the State of Software Development 2017 report. The report also uncovered the most efficient ways tech leaders are using to overcome the hiring challenge. This post features the most popular 4, offering some tips you can use to get developers on board.

How FINIS Built a Mobile App without Hiring Software Developers

by Tamás Török / October 17, 2017

FINIS wanted to help their customers get the most out of their swimming training, so they created a mobile application that increases workout quality by providing data and insights on the health benefits of swimming. This case study shows how FINIS successfully built a mobile app without expanding its software development team.

NoSQL vs Relational Database File Storing (MongoDB and SQL Server Comparison)

by Barna Burom / October 9, 2017

When you as a software developer start examining a new project’s specifications that just arrived at your team, you start planning the architecture. Every application uses data handling and storing, so you will need a database. Nowadays, there are tons out on the market, so you can become confused with which one to choose. Well, it highly depends on what your soon to be app is about. In this blog post, we will discuss the opportunities of file storing with relational and NoSQL databases through the comparison of MongoDB and SQL Server.

How to Develop a Cordova Android Plugin

by László Csele `Lacka` / September 27, 2017

I decided to make a plugin, which is more advanced than showing just a native toast message on a device, so I chose the acceleration sensor access from a cross-platform app. In this blog post, I show you how to develop a native Cordova plugin for Android.

A Scientific Way to Prioritize Software Development Requirements

by Tamás Török / September 19, 2017

Requirement prioritization is one of the biggest challenges a software team faces. Actually, 25% of tech leaders said prioritizing software development is their biggest challenge. It turns out there are many different ways a software development team can do it. Each requirement prioritization decision should be influenced by customer needs, always following the business’s needs. From this post you will learn a hypothesis-driven way to prioritize software development.

How to Easily Set-up Node Config Following These Best Practices

by Ákos Szokodi / August 7, 2017

When building any kind of server side app, you will eventually have the following thoughts:

  • I would like to bind my app to a specific port.
  • I would like to enter a connection string so I can connect to my database.
  • I would like to use a third-party service through a provided API key or credentials.

Given values to these kinds of parameters will yield a configuration. It is a crucial part of the system as our application will have lots of configurable elements, so it must be handled properly throughout the codebase.

In this article, we will look at the DOs and DON’Ts of Node config handling.

Beginner’s Guide to Serverless Architecture (Config, Deploy, Advantages)

by Dániel Vincze / August 1, 2017

Serverless is a software architecture where the code runs in the cloud but we don’t really know the OS and the hardware it uses. Everything is managed by the provider except the functions we upload.      

Serverless is not just an architecture. It is also a powerful framework we can use to develop and deploy serverless applications. After reading this guide, you will be able to deploy infinitely scaling NodeJS web application in minutes. Other supported languages are Java 8, Python 3.6 and 2.7, .NET Core 1.0.1 (C#)

10+ Startup Tech Leaders Reveal How They Prioritise Software Development

by Tamás Török / July 18, 2017

One of the biggest challenges startup tech leaders are facing is prioritising software development. In fact, 25% of the respondents said this is their biggest challenge, according to the State of Software Development report. We decided to ask more than 10 tech leaders (mostly CTOs) about the practices they use to prioritise software development. The goal of this post isn’t to select one best way but rather to show different approaches you can select from or gain inspiration from as you come up with your own method. If prioritising software development is a challenge you’re facing then this post is for you.