The Sprint Demo

The new year also brought a new customer for me: At the start of January I started at the Digital Solutions Center of Schiphol Airport. They have an awesome project going on, and I operate in one of the two scrum teams…

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Motivating people to learn

Nearly two months ago I wrote a piece about Continuous Learning on the Dutch Web Alliance blog. In that article, I presented a lot of different ways of learning. All these ways of learning are interesting, but if you…

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Reduce stress: Focus on what is important

Last Friday I had a great, long meeting with Mike van Riel . There we many things to discuss, but one of the things we discussed was productivity, or rather the feeling of stress you can have even if you shouldn't, an…

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The PHP Developer During Advent

It is December 1st, which is the traditional start of the advent period, the period leading up to Christmas. It has also in the past years sparked initiatives in the PHP, web development and Open Source communities. So…

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Launching my Patreon page

In June, I launched IWantTo.Support , a website dedicated to displaying people and projects that you can support. Not just by helping them, but also financially. For a long time I've been thinking about this. While …

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Migrating Octopress to Sculpin

Just over a week ago I wanted to publish my previous blogpost , only to find out that the Gist plugin I was using for the code samples didn't work anymore. Some research showed me that the something changed in the way…

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Creating a Bolt theme from a template

A friend recently asked me if I could make a simple website for the new radiostation he was joining as a DJ. My usual job is big applications and web projects, so (while this may sound weird) a simple website is actu…

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Transform your daily standup

So you’re a developer. Of course you’re doing SCRUM. Every sprint starts with a planning and ends with a review or demo. There’s a retrospective, some refinement sessions, and of course, your standup (or daily SC…

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JavaScript thinks January is labeled 0

Today I learned that, contrary to some other programming languages I’m used to, JavaScript uses the number 0 to represent the month January, when working with dates. You probably already know that, but maybe this…

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PHP NorthWest 2015

As you may not have noticed already, I have been accepted to do the closing keynote at the fantastic PHP NorthWest 2015 conference . I am really happy to have been accepted, as this keynote is a personal message from …

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