Crossfit – fit for life and fit for purpose

    Peter Brouwers, Peter Paul van de Beek, on 27-02-2020
    Category: Podcast

    Like the Romans already said: Mens sana in corpore sano. A healthy mind in a healthy body. One sentence in  an article from one of our colleagues triggered us: “Prepare for the unknown and unknowable”. We  really wondered, how does this help him in his daily job? We talk about crossfit. About ring musle-up or a handstand push-up. Of course we relate it to our daily practise. How do you benefit from it in your job and even in making career decisions. We talk about the value of the community and the…

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    Utrecht JUG – Test Architectures & Hacking into Java web apps

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 19-02-2020
    Category: Podcast

    We take a sneak peek into the Utrecht JAVA User Group  (JUG) Meetup next week, February 24th. Topics will be: are End-to-End test architectures a Dead End road? And there will be some live hacking: Breaking into your Java web app. This will really give a feel for the importance of security. Besides that, we discuss with one of the founders of the Utrecht JUG why it’s so great to be part of a community. He explains the great initiatives like for instance the Speaker Incubator the JUG offers. Guests…

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    Performance testing the chat app

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 12-02-2020
    Category: Podcast

    With only a few weeks to go to our peak season, we wanted to ensure that the chat app on our webshop was performing up to par. An important part of our customers’ questions is answered via this chat app. You can feel the importance of it to be able to handle a load of questions during our peak season. Both our customers and our customer service experts couldn’t be let down. Given the short notice, we asked Ymor to help us with their knowledge and experience to perform a…

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    PostgreSQL – Migration and Performance

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 5-02-2020
    Category: Podcast

    This episode has 2 subjects: PostgreSQL migration and performance. The two guests of our show will present during the PostgreSQL User group meetup at bol.com which started shortly after this recording. The topic of the meetup is introduced as PG ConfEU – The Dutch talks. Guests Martijn Dashorst –  a software engineer for over 20 years and has worked with various databases over the years, including DB2, Oracle, Sqlserver, SABDB and PostgreSQL. As a Java (enterprise) developer, he has worked in the education sector for over 12 years and developed…

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    Experimentation – it starts with courage and curiosity

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 29-01-2020
    Category: Podcast

    The two guests of our show work in our experimentation team. They set a target at the beginning of 2019: Our goal is to help hundreds of people at bol.com to run experiments (more effectively). So after a year of experimenting, we are very curious about what they learned and achieved. Let’s find out! Guests Denise Visser; Product Manager and Experiment evangelist Maarten Zwart; Software Architect and data enthusiast Hosts Peter Brouwers Peter Paul van de Beek Other things We received feedback on the audio quality. Sometimes it’s hard to…

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    The Spaces Championship – our code competition

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 23-01-2020
    Category: Podcast

    It was briefly mentioned in our episode on Advent of Code. We also started an internal Coding Championship. Spaces Championship. Let’s dive into this and find out what it is all about.  From our personal experience, we know that is easier to train and improve when we are in a competition. Could it be that the same mechanism is here at work too? Let us know when you think we should open-up this competition externally as well, goto Linkedin, mailto: techlab@bol.com or twitter us: @bol_com_Techlab Guests Harmen Prins – Software…

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    Everybody is a UX Researcher

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 17-01-2020
    Category: Podcast

    In this episode, we talk to Marieke and Tadeusz since we were intrigued by the title of their meetup presentation: Everybody is a UX Researcher. Since we didn’t consider ourselves a UX Researcher before we wanted to know more about the subject. And we wanted to find out if being a UX Researcher could also improve our daily professional lives. And in the end, we actually think it can. Hope you enjoy the talk too. Guests In an earlier episode, we talked with Marieke Linssen about the future of voice and…

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    10 takeaways from KotlinConf

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 8-01-2020
    Category: Podcast

    A group of Kotlin enthusiast joined KotlinConf back in December last year in Copenhagen. We invited this group to share their learnings for this conference. Two of the participants are sharing their takeaways from KotlinConf with you. Our first podcast was about the adoption of Kotlin at bol.com. Hope you will also enjoy this episode and our second season. Guests Cas Plattel; Software Engineer in the Fintech domain  Oscar Spruit; Software Engineer in the Apps domain Hosts Peter Brouwers Peter Paul van de Beek Shownotes KotlinConf KotlinConf 2019 on youtube

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    Advent of Code 2019

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 19-12-2019
    Category: Podcast

    The subject of this podcast episode is totally in line with the holiday season. Time for the advent calendars in many different formats. One of these formats is the Advent of Code 2019!   The bol.com Tech Community is participating in this event. In this episode, we talk with 2 participants and discover what it is all about. We explore what it could do. Our software engineers see it as a good way to sharpen their problem solving and a good exercise for the upcoming bol.com spaces programming championship. Some become really competitive. Guests Erik…

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    Dealing with Technical Debt – an experiment

    Peter Brouwers, Peter Paul van de Beek, on 10-12-2019
    Category: Podcast

    One of the aspects that keep popping up in software development: Technical Debt. Some created on purpose, for example, to get features into production fast. Some just came into existence… So, what is Technical Debt? And how to fight it. According to the definition* it can be compared to monetary debt. If technical debt is not repaid, it can accumulate ‘interest’, making it harder to implement changes later on.   A couple of weeks ago George approached us and said, it might be an interesting topic to discuss because in my team an…

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