How should Mobile projects be to survive?

Tweet Yesterday we discover that Mowser, the project founded by famous blogger Russell Beattie (and former colleague) was in the deadpool. Russ claimed that he ran out of money and had serious trouble with his finances. Everyday startups are created and abandoned, but the point in this story is that he could not raise funds to continue with the project. We see almost everyday projects raising a lot of money for nothing, so why an authority in the mobile world cannot pass the first round?…

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Flux benefits for java developers rocks: All Expense Paid Vacation for Two, Anywhere in the World

Tweet When there is shortage of talent and your offices are in Montana (USA) you need to squeeze your brains to find benefits to attract the very few talented developers to your company. Flux, the company that developed the best Java Scheduler is hiring two developers and one of the benefits is an All Expense Paid, 7 Day Vacation for Two, Anywhere in the World! I don’t know if this is something common in the States, but from the perspective of a Spaniard this is absolutelly amazing.…

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Leaving AMPLIA and starting as a Freelance IT Consultant

Tweet Last years have been a wonderful time in Amplía Soluciones S.L., but nothing is forever and I think it’s time for a change. I will continue as a partner of the company but I will look for new challenges and adventures out there. You can read my public linkedin profile if you want to know a bit about my skills and experience.…

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Five basic tips on preparing for a job interview

Tweet Last week I was talking with a friend of mine about my post Sometimes to interview developers can be funny{#i396}. We commented how most of the developers do not prepare the interview, and how they come without even visiting the website of the company. So, here goes some basic stuff you should do before attending to an interview. May be it can sound too basic, but believe me if I tell you that some developers do not care about this five topics:…

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Rise and fall of DBAs: The tyranny of the ORM

Tweet There was a time when DBAs dictate how developers should use Their databases. It was early and mid-nineties and Their Word was The Truth. Those poor guys building client-server applications had to bow down before Him/Her and implement the Business Logic inside The Database Manager. Database hardware was expensive, but His/Her Highness could size the system easily because the number of clients connected was predictable. And that’s what the IT Manager wanted; predictable figures.…

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Why developers hate bug-fixing

Tweet Probably the only common thing among all developers I have worked with is the hate to bug-fixing. No matter if bugs belong to them or not. As a developer and as a manager I have quite contradictory feelings. As a developer there was nothing more irritating than the hateful Bugzilla emails. When I was working as Technical Lead of a development team in Madrid with a QA team in the West Coast of USA they usually started to work at our 18:00 and we usually left at 19:00 (Madrid is GMT+2 summer time).…

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Spain will need 30000 Telecommunications Engineers in next 5 years

Tweet The shortage of Telecommunications Engineers and Computer Engineers is becoming a serious problem for the Spanish economy. Today we can read in the news we will need to import 30000 foreign graduates for our market in the next five years. The option is obvious: bring people from India and China. I don’t know if these politicians know anything about the IT and Telecommunications Global Market. How the hell are we going to attract foreign skilled workers?…

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GPay: Google Patent for Mobile micropayments

Tweet Today in several RSS feeds I have found the same news: Google has a new patent for mobile micropayments. Micropayments using a cell phone is not new at all. I have seen some projects in Europe, specially the Spanish Mobipay. It’s a mature technology, but it’s not very successful. There are several reasons but it’s not clear why mobile micropayments are not growing. In my opinion: The fee is charged directly to the customer.…

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Java Cell phones to drive demand for Sun servers? Who can explain this to me?

Tweet Jonathan Schwartz says in SD-Asia: “…consumer cell phones on the Java software platform will drive demand for Sun servers…”. “The marketplace is going to be defined by the consuming public as much as by the traditional IT decision-maker”. Can anybody explain to me how does Sun think this is happening? How end-consumers can drive the adoption of a transparent server-side technology? End-consumer sees server side services as a commodity, they don’t care about the technology running the service if the service is good, reliable and cheap.…

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