Why Start a Technical Blog

About 3,5 years ago, I started this blog. Why have I done this and has it brought to me what I expected it to be. In this blog, I will look back at the past 3,5 years and share my experiences. It will also containe some tips and tricks when you want to start blogging yourself. Enjoy!

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How to Start Contributing to Open Source

Every now and then, the idea of contributing to Open Source Software crosses the mind of every developer. However, often, it just remains to think about it instead of actually doing something. In this blog, I want to tell the story of my first Pull Request.

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J-Spring Digital 2020 Impressions

This year’s edition of J-Spring, organized by the NLJUG, went digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the 23rd up to and including the 26th of June, every day two technical talks have been held. We attended this digital version of J-Spring and want to share some of our impressions. Enjoy!

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Book Review: The Unicorn Project

In November 2019, ‘The Unicorn Project’ by Gene Kim has been released. The book focuses on the development part of the Unicorn project of Parts Unlimited which was introduced in the well-known book ‘The Phoenix Project’. I finally had the time to read it and share some thoughts about it.

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Devoxx Belgium 2019 Impressions

Devoxx Belgium 2019 took place in the first week of November. I attended the Conference days and with this post I want to share how I experienced the event and the different talks I attended. This is a strongly opinionated post and it represents my opinion only.

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Book Review: The Phoenix Project

A couple of weeks ago, my team leader dropped a book on my desk. “Read it.”, he said. So I started reading The Phoenix Project: A Novel about It, Devops, and Helping Your Business Win written by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford. Now that I have finished my first reading of the book, I wanted to share some thoughts about it.

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Git LFS: Why and how to use

Although Git is well known as Version Control System nowadays, the usage of Git LFS (Large File Storage) is often unknown to Git users. In this post I will try to explain why and when Git LFS should be used and how to use it. The source code of this post can be found at GitHub.

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How to version your software

I often receive questions about software versioning. Although it seems something trivial and simple, when people start thinking about it, several questions pop up: How can we uniquely identify our software? Which versioning scheme should we use for our software? Which version of the software is delivered to our test or production system? … With this post I hope to give some answers to these questions and provide some of the choices you have.

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J-Spring 2018 impressions

On Thursday the 31st of May I went to the J-Spring conference at Utrecht, the Netherlands. J-Spring is the largest one day Java conference in the Netherlands in the spring organised by the NLJUG (Dutch Java User Group). The title of the event might be a bit misleading as you may think that it is only about Pivotal’s Spring, but it is more than that. In this post I want to share my experiences that day.

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