The past event archive

    Japanese cucumbers, boomerangs and utopias

    On: 9 Dec 2019 at:

    bol.com has two speeds of operation: “very fast” and “extremely fast”. In this whirlwind it can sometimes be difficult for teams to share knowledge or just talk about things they find interesting. A handful of colleagues decided something needed to be done about this. What better way, they thought, than to just organize an entire conference by themselves?

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    Meetup: Maarten Dirkse & Tariq Ettaji – CI/CD @ bol.com & Xebia

    On: 9 Dec 2019 at:

    During this meetup we will focus on modern CI/CD practices! Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at bol.com, will update us on the migration of bol.com from their in-house data center to the cloud. After a short break, we will continue with the next part of the evening, in which Tariq Ettaji will show us how to run a CI/CD stack using CloudFormation completely free of charge!

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    Spaces Summit – Launching for the 3rd edition

    On: 9 Dec 2019 at:

    On June 13th, we organize the third edition of Spaces Summit: an internal tech conference for and by bol.com IT. From the start of the idea three years ago at a “borrel” (Friday afternoon drinks), Spaces Summit has become the biggest event inside bol.com IT to get inspired, learn, share knowledge, show off and get together as a community . This third edition will again be bigger than last year: a total of 500 attendees (150 more than last year!), an unusual afternoon keynote, inspiring talks on a variety of subjects, good…

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    The future of the testing role

    On: 15 Mar 2017 at: bol.com HQ, Utrecht

    For years now, the role of the tester has been the topic of discussion and debate. The way we develop software in the age of Scrum, Agile and DevOps appears to have shifted the tasks and responsibilities associated with software testing for some us. Competitive markets demand a shorter time to market, without impacting quality. During this meetup we will take a deep dive into this topic, started off by James Bach, who will present his vision, followed by the visions of Xebia and bol.com. We hope to offer some…

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    bol.com Techlab with Michael Bolton

    On: 26 Apr 2017 at: Wibautstraat 200/202, Amsterdam

    What is testing? What is the testing role?  Is testing a demonstration that a product fulfills its declared functional requirements? If machinery can be programmed to check hundreds and thousands of functions in a second, do we need testers any more? Michael Bolton – The balance between social & technical skills Michael Bolton says we do, but not so much to check for functional correctness—which arguably should never have been a central part of the tester’s job in the first place.  We need people in a testing role to do…

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    Unboxing bol.com – IT Young Professional Event

    On: 10 May 2017 at: bol.com HQ, Utrecht

    Sign up Bol.com is not only the largest online retailplatform in the Netherlands and Belgium. But we are also an innovative IT campus where it never feels like business as usual, where you have the right to challenge everything. And where you’re encouraged to find out what you’re most passionate about. At bol.com you can really make a difference. Our open, innovative work culture stimulates IT young professionals to find their passion first and expertise later. We expect you to build and break things. To think outside the box at our hackathons…

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    Codemotion 2017

    On: 17 May 2017 at: Kromhouthal, Amsterdam

    Applying “web scale” patterns in the bol.com back office Peter Paul van de Beek (IT Architect at bol.com) will show you in this session how we use “web scale” patterns to achieve scalability and flexibility in our back-office software. We will guide you through how we apply patterns like CQRS, event sourcing and micro services to solve puzzles in our back-office services. Interesting is that in our experience we don’t need these just to solve technical problems, they also help us solve some of our business problems! Sign up for…

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    Nextbuild 2017

    On: 20 May 2017 at: High Tech Campus Eindhoven

    On The NextBuild Conference I will host a talk about Designing scalable data intensive applications. At bol.com the datavolumes we need to process exceed the capacity of any single computer. As a consequence we are forced to think about designing our data intensive applications in such a way that they can be run on a cluster of systems and grow to handle much more that the volumes of today. In this talk I will show the main design concepts that bol.com has been using for more than 8 years that are needed to…

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    DevOps Utrecht June meetup @ bol.com

    On: 22 Jun 2017 at:

    Join us on the 22nd of June at the DevOps Utrecht Meetup! For this meetup we have a talk from Maurice Zeijen about Resilience engineering in a microservice landscape. Brian Engel will close this evening by taking us into the world of the Dutch Police and how they’ve adopted DevOps.

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    Meetup: Why Functional Programming Matters

    On: 29 Jun 2017 at:

    Next week we welcome the meetup group Papers We Love Utrecht at bol.com. Thursday, the 29th of June, the program will start at 6.30 PM. What to expect: How should we structure complex and large software programs? How can we ensure they are modular, easy to maintain and reason about? Functional programming provides higher order functions and lazy evaluation. How can these features be used to write programs with these nice properties? For this edition of Papers We Love, we are lucky to have João Pizani discuss classic paper by…

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    Meetup: Practice Java, Testing and Clean Code

    On: 3 Jul 2017 at:

    On Monday the 3rd of July we would like to welcome you to join our Java practice. What to expect: Agenda 17:30 – 18:30 Walk-in 18:00 Food & drinks 18:30 Let’s do some exercises! 21:30 Wrapping up Food-wise bol.com has organized a buffet for non-vegetarian and vegetarian, with enough drinks/beers for the whole evening 🙂 Exercise Our colleague, Patrick, has three type of exercises ready. As a group we will decide at the beginning of the evening which one we want to do. The exercises are: Introduction into Testing, with JUnit…

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    Software Circus 2017

    On: 7 Sep 2017 at: TBA

    The conference with a kick is back! And they have been busy.. This time Software Circus will come back as a true FestiCon. Here they will challenge the status quo and bust this cloud open to really see what is in, out and around. And bol.com will be a part of this FestiCon Circus.

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    Meetup: René Feiner (MessageBird) & Maarten Dirkse (bol.com) – Migrating to the cloud

    On: 15 May 2019 at: Bol.com

    On Wednesday the 15th of May bol.com will host a meetup about migrating from on-prem to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). After dinner is served, René Feiner, director of engineering at MessageBird will kick off the evening and talk about how and why they moved from their datacenter to GCP. Then, after a short break, Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at bol.com, will discuss bol.com’s ongoing migration to GCP and what lessons they have learned along the way. So if you’re interested in why companies migrate to the cloud and how…

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    Meetup: Angular and Progressive Web Apps

    On: 26 Jun 2019 at: Bol.com

    On Wednesday the 26th of June bol.com will host a meetup about Angular and Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser (both Team Rockstars IT) will present on Progressive Web Apps. What are these PWA’s? What sets them apart from native apps? How to create them? Stefan Nieuwhuis will dive into taming huge enterprise applications with Mono repos, Design Systems & Web Components. Program 17.30 -18.30 Welcome, food and drinks 18.30 – 19.15 Progressive Web Apps – Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser – Rockstars IT 19.15 – 19.45…

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    Google Cloud Summit

    On: 10 Oct 2019 at:

    Always wanted to know how bol.com teams innovate faster with Google Cloud? Visit our booth during the Google Cloud Summit in the Amsterdam RAI on October 10. https://inthecloud.withgoogle.com/summit-ams-19-en/home.html  

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    Booth and presentation @ Devoxx 2019 Antwerp

    On: 4 Nov 2019 at:

    From 4 – 8 November Devoxx will be back at Kinepolis in Antwerp! During the conference, bol.com will be present with a booth on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday our colleague Thomas Stoepker will give a 50 minutes presentation about ‘ Scaling Sustainable Innovation through Team Autonomy at bol.com’. Always curious to meet us? See you there at stand number 35! https://devoxx.be/

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    Booth and presentation @ European Women in Tech

    On: 26 Nov 2019 at:

    On the 26th and 27th of November the European Women in Tech conference will be held in the RAI in Amsterdam. Bol.com will be attending the conference with a booth and of course, two inspiring ladies from bol.com will give a presentation.   Come and vistit us at our booth!   https://www.europeanwomenintech.com/

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    Join the bol.com Young Professional Tech Talent Night

    On: 28 Nov 2019 at: Utrecht

    Will you graduate in 2019 or 2020 and would you like to get to know Bol.com as an IT employer? Join the bol.com Tech Talent Night on the 28th of November 2019. During this night you’ll explore our IT Young Professional program – an unforgettable 2-year journey at the largest online retailer of the Netherlands & Belgium.   Apply: Here

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