First month at Poq and Retail Week incoming

Yesterday I completed my first month at Poq and I am quite happy with my decision to join them. It changes from prin pretty much everything. I enjoy Poq for different reasons than those I enjoyed Lodgeo at first. However the most important part is that I can express myself in terms of development. At Poq there is more room for ideas and innovation than I was used to in my previous companies. It is crazy to see that I am 25 and including internships this is already my fifth company.

I learned so much over a short period of time and I brought some of my touch to the team. The only victim so far is my Yoda programming that my coworkers wiped away after a few code reviews. I yearned to come back to C# development in a company ever since my first internship at Itop. And now I really enjoy all the improvements of C# went through since 2010. And C# 7 brings a lot in terms of making a code more concise and easier to review. Working with colleagues with a strong experience in development will impact me and lead me making it to another level.

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Talking about new step, I discovered a few days ago that in two weeks from now I will participate to the Retail Week Buzz hackathon where I will represent Poq with other coworkers. It is a big deal to me as it will also be Poq’s first participation to a hackathon as a company. Actually it will also be my first hackathon which is quite exciting.

Together we will try to figure how retailers can use technology to drive online shoppers into store locations and create a truly seamless customer experience in the process. This is a big challenge considering all the things we can do using mobile and web apps not much is left for the shops. The obvious reason to go to a shop is because good that is either not available online or not working. We will prepare ourselves to bring up an idea that can make a difference in the retail world and deliver on September 15.

Until then I will slow down on my League of Legends side project that I started a few days ago. There is some progress, I have some of the key logic elements in place. Hopefully in a few months I will have a first version available.

Menorca, dawn of my Lodgegoing

Hi everyone,

So much happened since my last post, me going in Menorca for holidays just after signing for a new company, France losing to Portugal the Euro’s final. I was watching the game with my girlfriend from a bar called Su Païssa. We were chilling and drinking, having a good time then Eder’s goal happened. I was a bit pissed by how I felt Les Bleus gave the title to Portugal but happy for Cristiano Ronaldo. This guy probably never even dreamt he would ever get a major gold with his national team, and I have the utmost respect for the hard work and dedication he puts in the game.

Hard work and dedication are values that I believe should always be rewarded or at least recognised. It does not matter that it is football or work, if values that allow moving forward are promoted a business can go forth and grow in a virtuous circle. The more recognition for one’s quality work, the more quality work will follow. It is not the only thing that matters though but it plays a big part. Those are thing that I deem essential whenever I sit behind a keyboard or stand in front of a whiteboard.

Dedication is what wakes you up every single morning and go get more and more information about the world around you so you can adapt to it and think about a way to make it better. Hard work is the application of that dedication in your work wether it is personal or commercial. Often after a lot of time offering that dedication and hard work to a party the time may come to move on to a different challenge. A challenge that may be more rewarding at multiple levels.

After a few weeks of search I was trying to find an environment that would allow me to express my skillset to the fullest. An environment where I would be able to take on challenges nobody else tackles. An environment where hardwork and dedication would be rewarded. An environment where I would be back on tracks with my planned learning curve. An environment where I would have a highly talented team to help me progress as an engineer, as a developer and as a person. I can happily announce that I found such an environment as I signed a contract with Poq last Thursday.

Now I am enjoying a well deserved holiday in Menorca with my girlfriend before going back to London for a last week at Lodgeo. Menorca, sweet little island near Majorca in Spain. Menorca where I have the best of views whenever I wake up and do not think about anything else, just clearing my head. Menorca where I am writing this article. You were free to stop reading after the Poq announcement. Bonus for the patient readers, a selfie with my girlfriend having drinks.

Menorca
Menorca

Changes, changes everywhere

Long time, no post. Over the past month or so, there has been quite a few changes and a lot of events. So many things that I did not even get the time to get on a computer during my free time wether it was for a League of Legends game or to work on a personal project. I have been quite busy and there was a few reasons behind that.

The main one is that I decided a few weeks ago to leave Lodgeo to take on a new challenge that would be more fitting to my progression as an engineer. I had that need to make a big change as I was feeling like I was on the verge of becoming stale as an engineer, going to the gym, reading more and more about the latest technologies, mind training, meditation and so on. I even went to the color run whereas the last time I did a run back in middle school it was quite bad, now I did better so it’s ok. Even though I could feel the positive effects on me I felt like something was missing.

This weighted quite a lot when a few days after a discussion with my boss about the future projects our company has for the future seeing them not being fit for my progression, I decided to leave my job and handed my notice a couple of weeks later. Some might say it’s a stupid or arrogant move to leave without having found another position first. They may be right. Others told me it was quite bold.

It could be seen as a rather impulsive move when it was actually decision that slowly built up over the months and I did not realise until a few days before I sent that letter. Big changes are coming for me as I am also considering to move in with my girlfriend within the next months. Some might say that only time will tell if I was right in my choice, my opinion is that I am right and I will not look back, only up since this is the only way to progress.

Sometimes even if it looks foolish you need grab that parachute and jump off that comfy plane you are in so you can live some exciting adventures, my job search provided me with so many exciting possibilities, both humanly and professionally. As the Bronze LoL player I am, I can say: “Worth”.

Jean-Dominique Nguele and friends
After the Colour run, Team Giashgoldtit’

Website arising and new stuff to come

A new website has arisen people! For those who didn’t notice now when you enter www.iamnguele.com in your browser you don’t land anymore on the blog but on a webpage I put online a couple of days ago. It’s a very simple presentation page with some parallax to make it sexier, it didn’t take me days and days to build but I like it, looks nice and clear. I let you check it out if you haven’t yet.

New website page at www.iamnguele.com
New website page at www.iamnguele.com

I have been quite active over the past few weeks compared to the creation of that blog, it’s already my third post in less than ten days. Now that I’m kinda invested with that mission to help building meaningful software and tools I will definitely be more active in terms of new norms, development, technologies and of course, tutorials. I have a few thing in stock to write about and even to code, expect much more content to come than there has been in the past.

Plus I’m currently learning more languages as those will expend my knowledge and enable me to potentially find easier solutions to issues that might not be solved in a straightforward way with the languages I learned so far.

I also discovered that Neverwinter game that does not look bad on XBox One and I do enjoy playing it a couple of hours every once in a while, as much as League of Legends, so I may produce content as tutorials, streaming or even web/mobile applications for those. I cannot believe I had that blog for almost three years now but there is not that much about me nor what I like, the code I write and the things I do, so I will just put more of it out there.

This was Jean-Dominique Nguele, live from his bed, writing a second post in less than 13 hours. It is 08:08am, good morning internet.

Auto-evaluation and meaningful software

When I was a kid, when I was asked what I wanted to do I would say Batman or fireman, I am not quite sure if it was the appeal of being some kind of hero or a will to help people. As years passed by I was taught that if I get my A levels I could do whatever it want even football player which I was dreaming about after a couple of nice seasons in my club. But a school rugby game crushed that dream after my ligaments broke during my last year of high school.

After that injury I had time to think about what I would do next, and the first thing that came to my mind was that I like computers, I like the possibilities it gives with the right tools.  You can play games, message people on the other side of the world, see things you can only dream of. At first I thought I would learn software development because it would allow me to create video games that I used to play much more than I do now. That’s how I sent my candidacy to a few schools and universities, got accepted in almost of them then picked Orsay Institute of technology that I entered at 17 and left two years, a run in the Institute office as students representative and a diploma later.

After that I wanted more, I wanted to go more in depth in the IT world, digging into complex software and algorithms, and went for 3 years of engineering at the ESGI in Paris. Those were 3 cool years, I had a lot of fun both in scholar and extra-scholar activities and I learned a lot, especially thanks to the school/work alternate system that got me in the work world before I got on the work market.

On september 2013 I was told by my then CEO at Creova that there was a company that was interested in my skillset in London, he got us in contact and I moved to London for the Lodgeo challenge about a month later. It was certainly the best decision  I could make. I met a lot of great people that had a possitive impact on me both professionally and  personally which makes me pretty happy to be there.

The main thing I learned since I started development is that the designing of a meaningful software is as hard as it is complex, and the implementation can be nightmarish. Actually, the more you try to provide a clear and intuitive user experience the harder it gets. Over the past months I realised that I want to make software development easier for others, make it easier to build nice quality code than rubbish. If coding gets easier, it will enable anyone to focus on designing robust software to solve tomorrow’s problems. I don’t pretend to do it for at a global scale, but at least if it can help the dev next desk or next door I will be happy.