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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    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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    Young Professional Program

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 20-11-2019
    Category: Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about growing talent. We dive into how we approach this as bol.com in our Young Professional Program. Also called YPs. On our recruitment web site, we call this “the IT journey of a lifetime”. Is that just marketing or is there more to it?  Guests Bojan Filipovic; software engineer in team Bond, in the content fleet. Just graduated from the young professional program.  Martin Cekodhima; software engineer in 4B – financial processing – even sexier than Bond. It’s FinTech in an e-commerce company, need we…

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    UX Research to support the partners on our platform

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 1-11-2019
    Category: Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about User Interfaces (UI) and User Experience(UX). Since this is a very visible topic, everybody has an opinion on it. Even though I’m not working on our webshop I get unsolicited feedback on a regular basis. Where a lot of the UX Design discussion focuses on our webshop. We choose another focus for this episode. The UI that is not common to most of our users but is very much needed for a large part of our 23.000 plaza partners. The Seller DashboarD or SDD in short. The User…

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    The Road to Devoxx

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 23-10-2019
    Category: Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about a way to be inspired and inspiring others, learn from each other and grow your network: Conferences! And more in detail our colleague’s road to Devoxx Belgium 2019. At bol.com we are challenged to present our stories inside and outside bol.com. Inside bol.com we have our great Spaces Summit and meetups, Outside we speak at several conferences. That seems more challenging to a lot of colleagues. Especially if it is a conference of 5 days, over 200 speakers and sessions and over 3200 attendees. And our…

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    Small Web Apps

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

    Our Small Web Apps or SWAPs, in short, are something like the SOA for Front-End. We aim for separate deployable parts of the Front-End we have available for our Plaza partners, suppliers and internal users. In the Front-End we also encountered that we had teams waiting for each other before they could bring functionality to Pro. Basically, because the Front-End became a monolith. Besides that, people realized that we needed to deliver the same functionality in different Front-Ends. For instance content management for our internal product managers and for our external sellers (Plaza…

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    API development for the retail platform

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 3-10-2019
    Category: Podcast

    In this episode of the podcast, we talk about API development for the retail platform. A very important subject for a retail platform like bol.com. Given that we are a platform we have a lot of partners to interact with. To do that in a neat way we need APIs. And as a platform, we are multi-sided so we have to offer different APIs for different groups of users. So a lot of interesting aspects to cover. Guests Jarno Walgemoed; Owner at Sourcelabs; Software engineer with a strong focus on partner API’s…

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    Redesign for the cloud – horizontal scaling

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 26-09-2019
    Category: Podcast

    We think “the Cloud” is to broad a subject to handle in one episode of the podcast. That is why we break down our cloud journey in small pieces and go over them in separate episodes. This time we dive into “Redesign for the cloud – horizontal scaling”. In an earlier episode we discussed how we moved our Big Data to the Cloud, in the Cloud as an enabler to becoming more data-driven. When moving applications and services to the Cloud we think about redesigning them, like in this case…

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    Coaching – more impact with Human Systems Engineering

    Peter Brouwers, Peter Paul van de Beek, on 11-09-2019
    Category: Podcast

    In this podcast, we talk with two of our coaches in tech about making an impact on the performance of teams and people. The reference they use to do this is called Human System Engineering. In bol.com we have different types of coaches with different focus areas. Outside tech, or bol.com wide so to say, we have coaches for careers, personal coaches and SPARK coaches. SPARK is our holocracy/network way of working. Burgert joined bol.com recently and was asked to reflect on what he encountered during his first months. We…

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    Measuring 2.0 – Streaming measurements

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 6-09-2019
    Category: Podcast

    The big question in this episode is “How can we create 10 million personalized webshops? Tailormade for every one of our customers so it suites their needs best?” In short, the answering is Measuring 2.0. This enables us to measure more accurately how customers are behaving in our webshop. This enables to give them a more personalized experience. We are aiming for a feedback loop of 1 second. So 1 second after and action was performed by a customer in our webshop the data is available for service that handles personalization and recommendations. These…

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