And how they increase efficiency in software delivery

Once in a while, the technical checks you need to do while refining new features will require you to code a small sample project. While these proof of concepts are an essential part of modern software engineering, using them correctly can be very challenging. Stakeholders might be reluctant to invest the necessary time since it is basically working on throwaway code. Or even worse: they might try to convince you to continue building on top of the prototype to recover some of the efforts. …


Dit moet je weten

Moet er een app komen om te helpen bij contact tracing? Het is een vraag die veel mensen bezig houdt en de gemoederen enorm beroert. Wat met mijn privacy? Werkt zoiets wel? Allemaal terechte vragen en bezorgdheden die mensen hebben. We moeten ook eerlijk zijn in deze discussie, op sommige vragen kunnen we helemaal nog geen antwoord geven, wie beweert dat wel al te kunnen, verliest voor mij alvast al zijn geloofwaardigheid. Laten we dus even alle ego’s opzij zetten en kijken naar wat we wel weten. Wat kan er vandaag? Welke afwegingen moeten we maken? Waar liggen de grenzen…


The new reality in the Android ecosystem and the impact on our apps

Last week, Huawei invited us to their first Developer Day in London. An event where they showcased the newest version of the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) platform, an extensive set of tools and SDKs they offer as an alternative to the Google Play/Mobile Services. Huawei claims that the integration of their SDKs is a low effort operation, but is this really the case?

Let’s say that my experience as a software architect on multiple big projects has made me very careful with such statements. A good integration is more than implementing some lines of code, it’s making sure that all…


Optimizing build time, our first step for an ambitious project

Every experienced Android developer has come to this point: you’re working on a big legacy project with a lot of flavors and build types. The codebase is huge, and your dependency tree looks as if it’s inspired by a Node.js project. Sometimes, this just becomes inevitable when a project goes into maintenance mode for some time. Mobile development has evolved rapidly in the past years, the platforms have become more mature and many new architectural patterns and tricks have come up, these are things that you can’t always keep up with during maintenance.

And then, suddenly, it happens, you have…


Spring is in the air, so while everyone is hoping to get a tan on the terrace, we at In The Pocket, geeks as we are, gathered in our arena for one of the annual highlights of the tech conference season: Google I/O. Some hours before Sundar Pichai (the Google CEO) entered the stage, we made our own predictions for the event.

This year, it has proven to be very difficult to know what Google was up to, since the amount of leaked information was limited. Would it be a very surprising I/O edition, or just a 2.0 version of…


Hoe je van het kastje naar de muur gestuurd, en uiteindelijk genegeerd wordt

Een kleine 4 jaar geleden begon ik aan mijn nieuwe job in Gent. Vol goede moed vatte ik het plan op om, ecologisch verantwoord, met de bus en tram van Lovendegem naar het werk te gaan. Vandaag, vele problemen later, ga ik met de auto naar het werk. Uitzonderlijk neem ik nog eens de bus, ook zo 2 maand geleden toen ik mijn wagen voor onderhoud bij de garage van Ledeberg binnenbracht. En opnieuw stelde De Lijn me zwaar teleur.

Dinsdag 6 februari rond 8u15, ik heb net mijn wagen afgeleverd in Ledeberg, op naar het werk nu. Klaar om…


Enter the API economy

Nowadays, a lot of applications have an API for internal use. But why not take it one step further and expose these APIs to the public? Some companies are reluctant about the idea. The reason is often very simple: If you’ve put so much time and effort into creating your dataset and algorithms, why would you just let people use all that work for free, right?

Well, it’s time to rethink that thought. If you build a good business model, your API might actually be a very promising source of income or even your most important product.

Salesforce.com generates nearly…

Quentin Braet

Lead Solution Architect at @itpocket

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