Car Running Costs Calculator

About two weeks ago a coworker of mine, Liviu has appeared at work with an Excel sheet that calculated the running costs of his car including devaluation, taxes and so on. We immediately made the calculations for our own vehicles and started comparing the results. I thought that it was a great idea, that could come handy in several situations, but it wasn't quite user-friendly. Because recently I have been offered several AngularJS developer positions, and in the near future I would like to get more involved with this technology, I thought that it would be a good exercise to

AngularJS workshop at 3Pillar Global

In the past two weeks I have participated at an AngularJS workshop organized by 3Pillar Global and hosted by Cornel Ştefănache. The news about the event I've received in an email from a colleague of mine and registered for it in no time. About 10 minutes later when I've tried to register one of my coworkers as well, the tickets were already sold out. During the workshop we have found out that there were a total of 20 tickets available and they've been all sold out in just one hour. The workshop was structured in two parts: Basic and Advanced,

Speeding up Eclipse

Do you usually ask questions during an interview about the computer and other hardware you will be using if you get the job? And about the software? Well, I didn't, and after using IntelliJ Idea from the beginnings and never having less than 8 gigs of RAM in my machines, I woke up with a laptop with 4GB RAM and Eclipse. I absolutely hated it. In the first two weeks I have tried learning the new key bindings, but gave up on it when the operating system was reinstalled and my list of the Eclipse hot-keys saved in Sticky Notes

Should we accept freelance projects to work on after our daily work?

I am pretty sure each software developer has been thinking at least once about dumping his/her workplace and getting into freelancing. I have always been dreaming about being my own boss, being able to accept only projects that are really interesting and of course having a flexible schedule. And by flexible schedule I mean to be able to work 3 hours one day and 12 on the next. Or working two hours from 7 to 9 in the morning and then again work a few hours in the evenings. This is a dream for most of us, but we

Using Cucumber in Java unit testing

While working in Ruby at my previous workplace we were required to write unit tests using RSpec and end-to-end tests using Cucumber and Watir webdriver. I wasn't a big fan nor am I today of writing tests, but for some reason I just loved Cucumber. We wrote them together with the members of the QA and it was fun, because we both were thinking about all the possible cases to test and not about the way the tests were going to be implemented. Furthermore, it was clear for everybody what I wanted to test, as the scenarios were written in

Why I don't write comments anymore

I remember when I was 16 and I started writing my first web application (actually just a simple PHP page that processed some inputs from a form) in PHP. I didn't really know PHP at all, I have started reading some basic tutorials and then sat down to put in practice what I just learned. I have been familiar with pascal at that time, so I knew how to achieve what I wanted, but I didn't know the PHP statements, so after finding the right statement I have added a line comment after it, so that I would know what