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Ich bin selbständiger IT Berater und Unternehmer in der Internet und Software Branche. Ich beschäftige mich mit Design, Enterprise Applikationen, Web Apps und SaaS Produkten. Ich entwerfe und entwickle Business Lösungen und Anwendungen. Ich helfe Unternehmen in Sachen Software Qualität und Wissenstransfer, z.B. mit Angular und Spring Boot.

(English) 2020 in Live Gigs

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.I'm an avid music fan and concert-goer. As mentioned in last week's post I'd like to write a bit about live music events in 2020. For obvious reasons, 2020 has both been a very different and a very difficult year for live events and those that make a living from them: Artists and performers, speakers, conferences, festival, venues, sound engineers, sound and lighting technicians, caterers, stage hands. These were the only bands I was ... Read more

(English) Fetching Incoming Invoices in an Automated Fashion With Puppeteer

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Like I said in 2016, accounting is still a manual and tedious process. However, since then I've made quite some headway, especially with regard to automatically fetching and storing incoming invoices. By now, all of those thankfully arrive via email, which allows me to have Zapier automatically fetch them and store attached invoice PDFs in the appropriate folders in Google Drive. One particular, lasting pet peeve of mine in that respect, however, so far has ... Read more

(English) Reprise: Petro Salema – Storyteller Extraordinaire

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Almost five years ago I wrote about a talk given by Petro Salema at that year's edition of beyond tellerrand in Düsseldorf: Petro Salema – Designing Interfaces That Think @ beyond tellerrand Düssedorf 2015 A common advice given regarding talks and presentations, especially ones of a more technical variety, is to not just talk about technical details but to tell a story. While this piece of advice is good and well-intentioned it's not usually exemplified or ... Read more

(English) Remote Work Is Here to Stay: Best Practices and Tools

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.2019 seems to have been the year when remote work finally caught on. While not exactly the new default yet it's not as alien and outré anymore as it used to be just a few years ago. Today, instead of being ridiculed or looking into bewildered faces proponents of remote work are usually taken seriously. You're also far less likely to hear bromides such as "Yeah, we don't do that here because in-person ... Read more

(English) Boring Solutions Revisited: Choose Boring Technology by Dan McKinley

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Dan McKinley's article on choosing boring solutions, although not exactly new anymore, has been a welcome reminder for me to revisit the topic of of using boring solutions and keeping things simple. Dan makes the point that "adding technology to your company comes with a cost" or as I stated in my own article on this subject: "The elephant in the room is: There’s an opportunity cost to everything." Most choices come with a trade-off. If ... Read more

(English) Wesley Grubbs – The Importance of Failing Successfully @ beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2018

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar. The Importance of Failing Successfully - Wesley Grubbs - btconfDUS2018 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

(English) Recommendation: The Freelancer’s Show

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.If, like me, you're an independent consultant or freelancer I can highly recommend the podcast The Freelancer's Show, which is about the business of consulting and freelancing in the IT / software development industry. More than 300 episodes in it covers a wide range of subjects that are vital if you want to run a successful and sustainable software consulting business. Some of the questions the show tries to answer or at least help ... Read more

(English) Jens Oliver Meiert – The Dangers of Being a Web Developer @ beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2018

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar. Read more

(English) Use Boring Solutions

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Often when working with both startups and project teams at larger, more seasoned companies I encounter a variation of the not invented here syndrome. This usually starts with the well-intentioned idea that in order to build the actual product you need ancillary services A, B and C in order for the product to work. However, more often than not instead of building the 'perfect' solution for your product yourself it might be a good idea ... Read more

(English) Kim Crayton @ RuhrJS 2017 – What is Community Engineering?

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.At RuhrJS 2017 Kim Crayton gave this energetic and hopeful as well as insightful talk on community engineering in terms of diversity and how diversity benefits both communities and companies from an economic point of view: Read more
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