The unexpected odyssey of naming a tech company

— “So what are we going to call this startup?” — “I don’t know… Hmm… I guess something dot com or something dot io?” We, humans, are story-driven creatures, and a good story needs good characters. From Odysseus to Sherlock Holmes, from RBG  to Daenerys Targaryen to Elon Musk. Good characters come with good names.…

DevOps KPI

Should dev happiness become a devops KPI?

The term “employee happiness” is thrown around quite a bit these days. It started out as a buzzword and became a business standard several years ago when Google promoted one of their first software engineers to the role of “Jolly Good Fellow”. Since happy workers are more productive and less likely to quit, they are…

art of opening the perfect bug

The lost, ancient art of opening the perfect bug

If you’ve written code for LoadRunner, you may have been lucky enough to work with The Master. If you were calm and patient, you may have even been shown The Way. The great secret. The lost, ancient art of opening the perfect bug. A bug that no dev can close as “description not clear/does not…

New year's resolutions

Pet projects and New Year’s resolutions

The holiday season is the perfect time for working on my pet project. Everyone is off with their families. Email is quiet, Github is silent, Jira is calm. Even the customers are taking some time off. Which means I can use this opportunity to invest in what really matters. Of course, I could spend some quality…

How I met your debugger

How I met your Debugger

Kids, today I’m going to tell you how I met your debugger. You see, back in the summer of 2010 I was fresh out of Uni and trying to prove myself at my first job – a small startup in the world of retail. My first major assignment was developing an Explorer add-in to a…

Food for thought from ServerlessDays Milan

I just returned from ServerlessDays Milan, where I had the pleasure and honor of speaking at a session and running a workshop about Serverless debugging. It was a jam-packed two days in a beautiful city, and a great opportunity to mingle with local serverless enthusiasts as well as some of the leading serverless thought leaders…