Sebastian Gebski

TL;DR OSS has conquered the world, forcing even the biggest players of commercial software market to adjust their strategy to this fact. But the original idea of OSS has got somehow twisted in the meantime: everyone uses it, without feeling obliged to contribute. What is more, consumers expect flawless quality, but rewards for providing this quality are very ephemeral (so very few take

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(...) Economies of scale are the cost advantages that enterprises obtain due to size, output, or scale of operation, with cost per unit (of output) generally decreasing with increasing scale as fixed costs are spread out over more units of output.

src: Wikipedia

This sounds so reasonable & generic, it's has been also empirically proven for traditional (related to "physical" goods) industries. No wonder that

Sebastian Gebski

If you haven't yet, check the part I first.

Where were we? We've figured out that your job may wave you good-bye & go to Fareastan. But it doesn't conclude the consideration just yet ...

Is the growth inevitable?

Are we completely sure that software development is on permanent rise?

World is crazy about software, everyone wants to build new "digital" services, but if you

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Do you recognize any of the following scenarios?

  1. Continuous influx of requirements put you into permanent death-march - you're always struggling against deadlines, there's never time for refactoring, unit testing, etc.
  2. Firefighting is your bread'n'butter - issues pop up on daily basis here & there, so there's never time to fix (or even locate) the root cause or go through thorough post mortem.
  3. You've
Sebastian Gebski

There's a common saying:

The truth will attend to itself.

Quite naive one, I'd say. Sadly, it sometimes doesn't work even in the world of IT (supposedly based on scientific & engineering fundamentals), especially near the boundaries between engineering & other disciplines where everyone considers himself an expert (or at least pretends to be one).

So, frankly speaking, bullshit is everywhere. Plenty of bullshit.

Sebastian Gebski

We tend to think about software development as a very special & unique "discipline", positioned somewhere in the middle between science, engineering, craft, even art. And in the end we keep finding out that the same patterns & behaviours we observe everywhere else, apply in software development as well. One of the truly interesting (& to some degree - surprising) cases is ...

Cargo Cult

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There are more and more open software developer positions in the market. And it's not just about quantity - breadth & variety of roles, technologies, platforms & languages continuously increases - to the satisfaction of all of us. But if you look carefully at the full spectrum of offers available, you'll notice that NOT ALL job offers are about ...

  • ... technologies / platforms considered "modern", "promising"
Sebastian Gebski

Some time ago I had an interesting discussion with one of my colleagues regarding what is the typical thing that goes wrong when software delivery project turns out to be unsuccessful. Many of the reasons we've identified were not really revealing:

  • new, unknown, bleeding edge, unproven technology - comments are unnecessary, but let's assume we play safe (just for sole purpose of this article)
Sebastian Gebski

I play a lot with new stuff - frameworks, libraries, tools, whole platforms or languages. Development toys, operations toys, process tooling toys even. And there's a lot of goodies to play with as new ones appear pretty much on the daily basis. I do it because I like it, but there's a more serious reasoning behind that as well - one could say that

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No, I'm not switching to polish permanently, this post is just an exception. Stay tuned.

Ten post wyjątkowo jest po polsku? Dlaczego? Bo to nie jest post skierowany do wszystkich, tylko pewnej konkretnej grupy ludzi działającej przy tworzeniu oprogramowania - ludzi, którzy ciągle nie mogą zaakceptować faktu, że język angielski to 'lingua franca' tej branży.

  • "Po angielsku. To nie czytam."

  • "Podobno dobra książka. Poczekam

Sebastian Gebski

Who of you hasn't heard that from a more senior colleague / boss?

Software development hasn't truly changed at all in past 5/10/20/30 years. It's about all the same patterns / models / approaches that keep having their highs and lows alternately in cycles.

It may be an oversimplification, but it's true in surprisingly many cases - keep in mind recent renaissances of:

  • functional