Category: Geek Culture

  • Android Studio and the future of Java IDE’s

    Yesterday, when they announced Android Studio during the keynote of Google I/O, my very first reaction was “Oh no! Too bad for Jetbrains! Even though they build awesome plugins for Android development, they will be taken over by Android Studio, beaten by their own platform!”. But then I saw this: And I realized that even […]

  • My Case for DTO’s

    In many of my posts about Grails and Flex integration, I take for granted that I use Data Transfer Objects to transfer data between my Grails backend and my Flex frontend. Put simply, Data Transfer Object are pure data containing classes different from the domain entity classes used to store data in the backend. I take it for granted because I’m deeply convinced that it’s the best way to do things and so far, experience has never proved me wrong. But I often get this question in comments or by mail (this is for you Martijn): why bother create an entirely separate class structure and copy data from entities to DTO’s and back instead of just using entities?

  • How To Introduce Yourself… I Mean Practically

    For years, I’ve been using a very simple but very effective technique to introduce myself in job interviews, and I’ve always got some excellent feedback about it. I’m not talking about the content here, but the format. It can always be a bit tricky to introduce yourself without diving too much into irrelevant details, or losing yourself along the way, or boring the interviewer to death. To avoid all that, I’ve learnt this technique at Axen, but since Axen doesn’t exist anymore per se, I might as well share it with you guys, because it’s always a shame to miss a good recruitment because he wasn’t clear enough during his interview. So here you go…

  • WWDC 2010 Review

    Still one session to attend about closures in Objective-C, and I’ll call it a week. A little bit of shopping this afternoon in order to spend my last dollars and I’ll be ready for take-off tomorrow afternoon. So it’s time for a little summary of this week. Overall, it was my first WWDC and I’m […]

  • My Discoveries of the Year

    Every year, the main reason why I go to Devoxx is to discover new stuff. For me it’s all about technology watch. The internet and RSS feeds are my main tech watch instrument but there is one thing that is harder to get through RSS: feelings. Conferences like Devoxx are a unique opportunity, not only […]

  • Conference Guide Available

    Woohooo! Exciting times! It’s confirmed, I will be at Devoxx the whole week, and my Conference Guide iPhone application has just been approved. For your information, it only covers Devoxx 2009 for now, but it’s meant to be generic and I will add more information for other conferences soon: TEDxBrussels, JFokus, etc. The application is […]

  • Text, Expressivity and Culture-Oriented Programming

    Following up on my reflexion about what could software development look like a few years or decades from now, there is this big problem that has been bugging me for years now and that I have never found the time to really tackle: expressivity. In the same way as files appear to me as the […]

  • iPhone ORM Just Rocks

    I have been pretty quiet lately, mostly for 2 reasons: I’ve been busy with betRway.com I’ve been playing a lot with the iPhone SDK. I didn’t know anything about Objective-C so it is a challenging experience to go back to the C world, but I’m starting to find it very exciting. After I had read […]

  • MobiMap First Release Candidate is Out

    We needed a reusable mapping component for TagSpot development, and we wanted it to be Open Source so that everyone can reuse it and improve it for the general interest. There was no such library available on the environment we’re working on so… we made it! And here comes MobiMap. MobiMap is a library that […]