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.

25 years and counting stars

I turned 25 last Saturday and when I look at my life it doesn’t look so bad. Partying every week, a great girlfriend, awesome friends, a cool job. Oh yeah, also a massive boat party with family and friends cruising on the Thames followed by a privatised bar party. What can I ask more ? Be a better engineer, still learning ways that will set me to make a difference for people and bringing value even from things they didn’t know they needed. So I’m just gonna keep going as I always have, moving forward, learning, demon speeding on the knowledge highway. Now I am not busy with organising my birthday anymore I can get more time on personal projects and I have a few in mind right now.

The project Islandwood seems drew my attention a few weeks ago, it could be where I will be heading but I have so many ideas all the time that it can have changed by lunchtime. Once it’s picked I will just go at it like crazy. I could also write a few tutorials as it’s been a while and there is so much I can share it’s been 6 years already I have been doing IT in a professional context now. That’s pretty dope and feel lucky to do what I like for a living, it almost doesn’t feel like working at all.

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Thanks a lot guys for all your texts, calls, pigeons and especially coming last night. I was so busy enjoying all of you that I didn't take any picture, only recorded this video. That was fuckin amazing. Hearts for all of you. Thanks to all of you I had a very happy birthday. Till next time 😉 #BirthdayOfMe #BoatParty #Popopo

Posted by Jean-Dominique Nguélé on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Slack is fucking amazing !

I don’t know if it’s the fact that after becoming TechHub fussball champion a couple weeks ago or me conquering the Breakfast club pancakes challenge yesterday but I feel like Slack is the best thing ever for all the startups out there.

I was having some code compiling when I decided to get a go at Slack that people told me about and I did not see anything great in there. TechHub members have access to a common slack to get all the latest updates about TechHub and what happens in its community, but I never saw it as more than another social network. Creating a Slack account for Lodgeo was the first of several steps that now get me to think it is a must have for a startup.

Why, you will ask ? First of all, for small teams it is completely free. Then from 10 users on the cost is not that big considering all you can do with it (illimited integrations). Yes, Slack allows integrating with tons of tools that are for most free of use or with low costs for smaller teams. At the moment I integrated some dev oriented components such as Github or Jira to have easy-to-access heads up for any projects you want to keep an eye on, along with marketing oriented components like Intercom. For those who do not know those names well, Google is your best ally. You can even create your own Slack integration, I will look into those possibilities that seem infinite later.

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I cannot convince you to use Slack for your company with words as I wasn’t when I was told about it, but if you are that’s great. You should just go and have a look by yourself, even if you don’t have a startup you can just have a look and feel that fire inside you. Ok it may be the pancakes talking here.

Finally Lodgeo V2 is coming to the Apple store

 

phone3Yes. Finally. Lodgeo V2 is coming. This is not advertisement but after months of developing that almost new product and literally tons of testing we will finally publish that major Lodgeo release that I have been mentioning in previous posts. For months and months and months we have been balancing between adding the freshness of a new user experience and maintaining the solidity that we had in the past to get an application that is both edgy and robust. Now it has been accomplished even though still perfectible, we will aim at bringing more sexy features very soon.

I cannot discuss those incoming features but good things are definitely coming and the Lodgegoers are already working on those. Here is a little video to get you waiting until the release.

 

Standing united against the madness

Hi everyone,

Today post is a bit special, the past 48 hours were quite crazy. Terrible things happened, but some good came out of it. Terror stroke my home, Paris on a friday the 13th that never was so meaningful. A handful of people tried to bear us down by targeting places where any of us can be anytime. Places where we eat, places where we drink, places where can be together enjoying music or a football game, basically places where we live and have fun. They tried to kill the fun. They failed.

People did try to stop us from organising that vigil, but accepting it would have been a victory for those monsters. Last night we were all standing together, united and proud at Trafalgar square to show that we are not afraid. We, human beings are still here, we are not going anywhere. We will not bow to terror.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape our sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware our power, beware our light!!!