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Gloria Csiszer Marketing Specialist @ Pitech+Plus
OTHERS
A retrospective of an alternative year at ACADEMY+PLUS

ACADEMY+PLUS is heading to a new generation of students. A year full of activities grew new talents and also grew the confidence of other stakeholders for the project. This revolutionary learning method for the IT industry, based on program aligned with the market needs, was launched last year in Cluj-Napoca by PITECH+PLUS, after signing a partnership with Ecole 42, from Paris. The main objective of this alternative learning method was to find clever minds that will create tomorrows IT products.

PROGRAMMING
IoT Applications using Java ME Embedded 8

On the 31st issue of the magazine, we introduced the topic of the Internet of Things from the point of view of the Java platform. As we promised, we will continue this discussion presenting the details of creating a Java ME Embedded 8 project. This version represents an important step further, with the adoption of CLDC 8 - which is a subset of Java Standard Edition - and MEEP 8 - a specification which defines a powerful and flexible environment for small embedded systems. Along with these, we have to notice the alignment of the platform we’re talking about to Java SE 8.

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Szilárd Kacsó CEO & Trainer @ Azimut Happy Employees
MANAGEMENT
A smile won’t bring the spring - the science of organizational happiness

We are more and more preoccupied with happiness. And from an organizational point of view, we have become more aware of the importance of having happy employees: these are more productive, more satisfied, and more attached to the organization. Along these lines, we are also seeing an increased effort to satisfy our employees. But how can we make the big leap from a smile to all out organizational happiness?


Florin Roman Delivery Manager @ Yonder
MANAGEMENT
Long distance relationships can really work!

Long distance relationships can be very successful. Especially in our line of business where companies from two different regions join and each brings a specific quality to the partnership. A relationship, whether personal or business, in-house or nearshore, takes a bit of effort. In order to create good long-lasting partnerships, we apply simple common sense to make sure that everybody is aligned and expectations are clear. Yet these common rules are quite often overlooked.


Larisa Hogaș Android Developer @ Yardi România
@Yardi Rom
PROGRAMMING
Touched by NFC

Like many other things that we use, develop or innovate, I started the NFC journey by searching a solution for a simple problem: remembering to do things before I leave the house, more specifically, remembering to turn off the central heating system or even finding something that could do it for me. Of course then I realised that I had multiple other ideas that would ease my life or make it cool and fun. For example I wanted a way to unlock my phone without any interactions or open my car just by getting closer to the driver’s seat and many other wishes. And then NFC appeared, just like Santa, and made some of them happen.


Kuki Edina Tester Senior Analyst
PROGRAMMING
Keep Calm and Start playing Dart

S is not missing! Nevertheless s, I’m not here to give out ideas to managers on how to reduce recreational office time by cutting down the number of missiles; neither am I here to introduce a single-chance Russian-style version of the well-known game. This is something from our other big brother, namely Don’t-be-evil Google. Thanks to his prominent expertise around web technologies, in October 2011, Aarhus, the city of Bjarne Stroustrup and Lars Bak could witness the birth of another potential revolutionary of the IT industry, as being the place where Dart was first officially unveiled.


Daniela Crișan Senior Tester
@ISDC
TESTING
The portrait of a good tester

It all starts with the passion to succeed… Becoming a good tester does not mean reaching a destination, but rather being on a constant journey into new territories. It is important to build the right skills that will provide us with the understanding of how to approach software testing. These skills help us build credibility and gain the respect of other professionals involved in software development. With a strong foundation of skills we have a better chance of succeeding in what we do: we will be able to provide better quality which leads to better products and in the end, to happier customers and users.


Alexandru Bolboacă Agile Coach and Trainer, with a focus on technical practices
@Mozaic Works
MANAGEMENT
What Is Really TDD?

Every once in a while, I have conversations with people about what really is TDD. Since I built a certain knowledge on the topic in time not only by using it but also by explaining it to others, I decided to write this article that details my definite view on what TDD is. I hope you’ll find it useful. As this may be a long article, I will write for Today Software Magazine a series of shorter articles on this matter. Here’s the first one.


Vasile Mihali Senior Software Engineer @ Arobs
PROGRAMMING
Logs and metrics in Java

As we all know we are more or less logs-dependent. The scope of this article is not to present a logging-framework within Java, but superior level of abstraction for collecting, storing and analyzing, also the way good logs can help us to have a better overview over what our software application does and how good it does that. But what are those logs and why we need them? I personally consider a log as a small point, but keep in mind that multiple points can draw a line and multiple lines a form or a direction that should be understood.

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