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Fated - by Sarah Fine

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

The last book of the Servants of Fate follows, as predicted in Claimed, Aislin Ferry and Jason Moros, respectively Charon of the Ferrys and Lord of the Kere. They are both struggling to keep their power over their respective empires. While Aislin has to deal with family politics, Jason also has his own, quite different, family issues as one or more of his sisters are plotting against him and his Kere and he doesn't know ...


Lean Enterprise - by Joanne Molesky, Barry O'Reilly and Jez Humble - Part I

Posted on July 15th, 2016

This book covers a lot about transforming a traditional enterprise into a newer, more suited Lean based company. It covers from finances to portfolio management going throught adoption, technical practices and lot more.
The book is long. And tiring. But full of very valid useful bits of knowledge.

Broken down in 4 parts, it starts by covering culture, strategy and how innovation starts and ...


Developing Hybrid applications

Posted on June 24th, 2016

When it comes to mobile, native vs hybrid vs web is among the most common debates. The trade offs are not very complicated.

Native means you have to re-implement similar features across at least 2 platforms but likely a couple more. It also tends to mean you have some sort of shared back-end anyway that doesn't have any user interface but still provides a bunch of common APIs to persist and share data across platforms. It often requires 2 or more teams to handle ...


Developing clojure

Posted on April 8th, 2016

As part of work, I ended up having to learn and use clojure for something more than my pet projects. I have to say it grows on me every time. Ring and compojure make it quite pleasant to develop web applications. The smallest example of a ring web application I could come up with was the following:


From nothing to production in 10 mins with NodeJS, Grunt, SnapCI and Heroku

Posted on January 7th, 2016

A few weeks back, I gave a lightning talk at one of ThoughtWorks Chicago’s First Fridays about going from nothing to production in less than 10 minutes using NodeJS, Grunt, SnapCI and Heroku with Continuous Deployment. Since my friends convinced me that trying to live code this would be one of the most stupid things I could think of doing, I ended up recording a video of the process and talking over it.
It worked fairly well so I decided to share the results here:


Refatoração em Ruby - by Marcos Brizeno

Posted on January 4th, 2016

This is a Portuguese-only book so I'll post the review in Portuguese.
This is just a short summary in English if you're interested:
Marcos introduces 9 of the Gang of Four's design patterns in Ruby. With great stories motivating the patterns and initial code samples, Marcos walks the reader through the work of refactoring code to design patterns. The walkthrough ...


Developing for iOS - part 2

Posted on January 1st, 2016

If the post for part 1 talked about language choice, there is another aspect of iOS development that is also a big choice but a lot less obvious: Graphical User Interface (GUI).

XCode and iOS development are tightly coupled together as with most proprietary development platforms (think Visual Studio). When it comes to the user interface, there are two ...


The Dead Key - by D.M.Pulley

Posted on December 28th, 2015

This mystery novel starts slowly by introducing the reader to two young women starting their careers 20 years apart. In the late 70s, Beatrice is starting as a secretary at the First Bank of Cleaveland. 20 years later, in the late 90s, Iris is having her first job at an engineering firm that is in charge of drafting plans of all floors from the First Bank of Cleaveland's old ...


The one that got away - by Simon Wood

Posted on December 14th, 2015

This exciting thriller introduces our hero and protagonist, Zöe, in her weakest and most vulnerable point. The book starts when she finds herself naked in a shack tied to the floor. All she remembers was coming back on a car trip with a friend of hers, Holli, from Las Vegas and then darkness. She can hear Holli screaming and crying in another shack not ...


Agile Brazil 2015

Posted on December 10th, 2015

This year I went to Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, next to Recife to attend Agile Brazil 2015 and have a few more meetings. As a long time organizer of the conference, I ended up not spending as much time watching talks as one usually does.
I did have the chance to attend 3 of the 4 keynotes, one open space session and a few other sessions along with a lot of meetings.

Keynote #1: The Agile mindset - by Linda ...