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Patterns that Will Help You Be a Better Developer

In today’s fast-moving world, deadlines can be a real nightmare, especially for devs who have to focus on the code they’re writing to keep its quality high. One solution to help devs deal with time pressure while keeping the code clear of bugs and easy to test, is to use patterns: methodologies for creating code that solve the most common problems in development. In this article, we describe the ones we use and see the most.
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It’s only a cliché because it’s true – but communication really is the key to all lasting and beautiful relationships. There are hundreds of communication tools available for teams out there – but, our number one favourite beyond all doubt is Slack. Take a look at these 10 Slack features that will help you skyrocket your corporate communications.
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Agile project management is usually associated with adjusting projects to customers requirements and continuous improvement. Agilists value responding to change more than following a plan. That said, Agile also involves planning – especially high-level planning. Initiating a new project is an important and time-consuming stage of the project. This phase of software development is also one of the most misunderstood aspects of project management.
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As a product owner you have a vision for the final product. However, it sometimes turns out that it’s impossible to carry out the development process strictly as you planned. You have to create a new actionable plan together with your development team. In this article we share our lessons learned over the 8 years of working with clients. We will also shed some light on the risks associated with poor communication during this step. Learn how to keep a smooth transition from ideas to outcomes.
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Are you having problems with adding new features to your project easily? Are you unable to quickly make significant changes to the project? Maybe you spent a lot of money and aren’t seeing results from the development team? As a product owner, you might want to rewrite the application from scratch. Take a look at the possible advantages and disadvantages of such a solution and make a wise decision.
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Third-party integrations can help you automate development work with Pull Requests and Issues on GitHub. Read our mini guide on why you should use them and which ones you should choose.
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Okay, so you have an idea for a product. Congratulations - you’ve just made your first step on the path to success. But it also means that it’s time for your first important decision —  who should be in charge of developing your product. Basically, you have three options: hire a full time talent for your in-house development team, bring in a software consulting agency like Netguru or go for freelance contractors.
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Netguru has worked with dozens of clients, ranging from startups to big corporations, for more than 8 years now. One of the key strategic decisions for any organisation thinking about software development is whether to hire full-time employees, freelance contractors or an agency like Netguru. Here are my tips on calculating the cost of each option, and what to look for when discussing pricing with agencies.
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Eric Spery is a career Java developer and long time IT manager. He's senior vice president at My Dobot, a San Francisco / Denver based startup developing a mobile finance management tool. The company was founded by three former industry insiders who had seen the wizard behind the curtain, and wanted to create a better way forward – because everyone has the right to financial health. Read the interview in which we asked Eric why they decided to work with remote teams and where My Dobot is now.
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Dynamic staging or integration uses the combined power of Docker and Docker Compose which is a tool that lets you easily configure and link containers with a single YAML file as well as build containers with linked services, such as databases, redis, etc. Take a look at how to set up an automatic Docker staging and how we do it at Netguru.
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