Over here at Uniqa Raiffeisen Software Service we are organising an internship program for this summer and because this year the interns will be working on the project I work on and I am going to be one of the 2 or 3 mentors, I had the opportunity to actively participate in the interviewing process and the selection of the candidates.
Author: László Gazsi
In the past few weeks I was required to create a prototype for the frontend of a project and because the focus is only on the frontend, I’ve chosen Jetty to create a simple mock server that would respond with simple JSON messages or stream some image files. I also use Jetty to serve the static files, like static images, CSS, JS that I am continuously modifying while developing the new frontend. Because I am developing on Windows, I have run quite soon into the file locking problem.
At the end of 2014 one of my dreams came true, when I have bought my first apartment which after staying in rented properties for ~8 years, I could finally call my home. Even though real estate prices were not as high as before 2008, they were still way too high for me, as I would never have enough courage to get into debt for 30 years… Instead I’ve opted for a loan with a period of just 4 years and have bought an apartment in a village 5 kilometers from Cluj-Napoca: Floresti.
Have you ever felt bored at your workplace? Horrible feeling, isn’t it? Especially if you have some tasks to work on, but you just don’t have the energy to do it. The easiest fix to this problem is to just go home earlier that day (if the company policy allows it) and do something you really love. These long afternoons may help dealing with demotivation at work at that moment, but not always works on the long run.
To be honest, I did not hear about personal financing until I started working. I had some idea about saving, because I’ve always been saving for something when I was a child: a new bike, a new computer or after I have turned 18, a car. But I shouldn’t be surprised, since in this corner of the world only a few people have some financial education and the chances that you have such a person in your circles who could act as a role model in this area are very low. Unfortunately in our country most people don’t trust the banks (which is not necessarily a bad thing) and instead of creating deposits, they hide their money under their mattresses. A lot of people only use their cards to withdraw money from the ATM and still use cash when paying in supermarkets.
Even though I already suffer from complete ad-blindness, sometimes they still annoy me, especially when it comes to mobile apps when a whole screen filled with ads just pops up randomly. Not to mention those sneaky pop-ups/pop-unders in your browser. I’ve tried different ad blockers, both on Windows/Ubuntu and Android, but wasn’t very happy with them.
About two weeks ago a coworker of mine at UNIQA Raiffeisen Software Service, 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.
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.
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 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.