Author: elmar

  • Some lessons from 10 years in the business of IT consulting

    These points are unsorted, random and subjective. Quite a few are negative – not because I want to focus on the negative, but because we learn from our mistakes (or the mistakes of others).  If your sales are slow, it might be that you are bad at sales, or there is a downturn in the […]

  • Hiring developers? How to do code reviews in technical interviews

    A significant part of our technical interviews is having the candidate do a code review on a piece of example code. I’ve written before about why we do that. Today I’ll share a few tips on how to make it work well. The code The code you give the candidate to review needs to be […]

  • Hiring developers? Why you should do code reviews in job interviews

    I’ve been involved in recruiting software engineers for a long time, to the point of job interviews taking up a significant part of my time. So I’ve done enough interviews to notice patterns about what works and what does not. The single best thing I changed about how we interview is to iinclude a code […]

  • How to run a trainee program for software engineers

    Why you should have a trainee program There are 3 main ways to aquire the skills for a junior software engineering role: Getting a university degree in computer science, complemented by internships or work placements for practical experience. Doing an apprenticeship, i.e. joining a company straight out of highschool to be taught on the job […]

  • Round the world in 40 days: conclusion

    Here’s the whole trip in posts: Egypt: Cairo Cairo museums Cairo: Pyramids Coptic Cairo U.A.E: Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi: Louvre Nepal: Nepal Nepal: Swayambunath Nepal: Patan etc Singapore: Singapore: First impressions Singapore: Museums & Downtown Singapore: Little India and around Singapore: Gardens by the bay Japan: Japan Japan – Golden temple […]

  • Copenhagen

    Copenhagen was just a quick stopover on the way home – arrived in the morning, spent the day in the city, and left on a late flight to Munich. Had to change planes anyway, and rather than wait around the airport, decided to expand the stop in Copenhagen by a few hours, and use the […]

  • Iceland: Hiking Mount Esja

    Exploring Reykjavik: check. See the most famous sights: check. So for the last full day in iceland, I wanted to get out into nature, and do a day hike. It would probably be worth it to rent a car if I had more time, since lots of tempting hikes are further out in the countryside. […]

  • Iceland – Golden Circle

    The “golden circle” is not really a circle, but the name or a popular tour of three of the most famous and beautiful sights of Iceland, all within easy daytripping range from Reykjavik. First stop: Geysir. Yup, like a periodically exploding hot spring, the concept of which was named after this particular place in iceland, […]

  • Iceland: Arrival & Reykjavik

    This is pretty much the first impresson when arrving in Iceland: It’s pretty much a moonscape, with endless, empty lava fields, with nothing growing but moss in all shades of (sometimes pretty psychedlic-looking) greens. Luckily, it gets better: the landscapes stay heavy on lava fields and moss, and low on houses and people, but get […]

  • Orlando: Universal: Harry Potter

    There is one, and exactly one, reason to go to Orlando: to visit theme parks. The city itself is a forgettable conglomerate of suburbs and amenities for themepark visitors. Good thing I came to visit a theme park – no, not Disney world. I have been to Disneyland in Paris, and am not such a […]