Case Study: Building a Progressive Web App to Spread the Wisdom of the Buddha in 41 Languages

19 min read

Agile, Business, QA, Product Design, Python
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SuttaCentral approached STX Next for support with a website collecting early Buddhist texts and their translations. They wanted their product to be easy to access, simple to use, and available to all.

To that end, we helped the client build a Progressive Web App to provide them with offline functionality and a mobile component.

As a Product Owner, working with SuttaCentral has been an absolute highlight of my professional career. This is a story of the deciding factors that made our cooperation a glowing success.

Author

Małgorzata Maksimczyk

Product Owner

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

Why Are Company Values Important? (And How We Defined Ours)

10 min read

Business, Agile, Python, JS, QA
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We all want our companies to be something... more.

Beyond mere machines to churn out profit, we want to grow into organizations that represent something: a change in the world that we want to make reality.

We want the people who work with us to feel an unmistakable vibe, a character that is uniquely ours. This applies to co-workers and clients alike.

The road to building such an organization is long and full of surprises. But one step you can’t skip is spending some time to think about your core company values.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Maciej Dziergwa

CEO

New Technologies at STX Next

10 min read

Business, Agile, Python, JS, QA
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Over the last 13 years, STX Next has always been characterized by continuous growth, improvement, and exploration. Our decision to implement new technologies in 2018 is a direct result of that philosophy.

We have taken an active interest in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Golang, Blockchain, and React Native. At the same time, we remain faithful to Python.

To continue creating exciting growth opportunities for STX Nexters, we are also putting together events such as the Tech Power Summit—our company’s annual international conference.

And the best part? We’re just getting started.

Author

Joanna Trubisz

Brand and Communication Partner

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

STX Next at TestingCup 2018—The Biggest Software Testing Competition in Europe

7 min read

QA
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Are you a software tester?

Looking to hire software testers?

Want to know where to find the best software testers in Europe?

If you responded “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in luck. Mark your calendar and don’t miss out—the eyes of the entire European software testing scene will be turning to Łódź on May 28–29.

Why, you may ask? That’s when TestingCup 2018 takes place.

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

Author

Robert Kazuła

Tester

Moving Development Back In-House: How to Ensure a Watertight Software Project Handover Process

10 min read

Business, Agile, Python, QA
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We get a lot of emails from CTOs, many of whom write to us with concerns about outsourcing software development.

One particular problem has stood out in our recent correspondence: moving development back in-house after concluding your outsourcing business.

Handing your software project over to you should be seamless. Scaling down or ending cooperation with an external software house is perfectly natural.

Here are some of the practices we recommend for an optimal knowledge transfer and a smooth handover process.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Michał Kwiatkowski

Head of Service Delivery

5x5: 5 Tips for Building a Successful Minimum Viable Product in 5 Weeks

13 min read

Business, Agile, Python, JS, QA
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Speed is essential in business; you need to move, ship, and validate your product as quickly as possible. The same principle applies to Minimum Viable Products.

Some time ago, a client approached us with a clear, but demanding idea for a fintech platform. The greatest challenge there was the set deadline of 5 weeks.

It wasn’t easy, but my team and I persisted and delivered the MVP on schedule and within the planned scope.

Want to know how we did it? Here are my 5 tips for building a successful MVP in 5 weeks.

Author

Bartosz Babiński

Product Owner

Code Review: Put Code Quality First

8 min read

Python, JS, QA
None

Whether you're an up-and-coming developer, a seasoned player in the coding business, or a successful investor, your resources are likely stretched thin and you may be understandably concerned about the quality of your software.

Code, after all, is the beating heart of your product, whatever it may be, and as such you deserve to be sure that it is top-notch.

A fail-safe way to achieve that guarantee is code review. Here is why.

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Writer

Author

Wojciech Lichota

Head of Service Delivery

What Do You Get When You Hire a Manual Software Tester?

9 min read

QA
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Why did I decide to write an article about testing software?

Because I’m a manual tester myself. I know how important my work is and what value it brings to the software development process.

I also know that I cannot perform each type of test. In my article, you will learn what are the different kinds of software tests and who can perform them.

In short, you will know what you’re getting when you hire a manual tester for your project.

 

Author

Urszula Warchocka

Tester

Managing Developers: 5 Steps to Productive Team Nirvana

7 min read

Business, Agile, QA
None

Whenever you’re managing a team of developers, productivity problems may occur.

Productivity may be an overused word these days. But in the end, aren’t we all looking for results?

Hours of development work don’t come cheap these days - and yet when you ask the team about progress during a Sprint, it’s almost always a disappointment.

It’s a common situation - but it doesn’t have to be your reality. It is possible for you to call your devs and hear that everything is done according to the schedule. They might ask you eagerly for more work ...

Author

Rafał Kałka

Service Delivery Manager

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

The Measurable Benefits of Unit Testing

9 min read

QA, Business, Python, JS
None

Articles praising the usage of unit testing are a dime a dozen. A little less popular but still readily available are articles that will try to convince you that unit tests are a waste of time, at least in some cases.

Most of them (or maybe even all?) try to prove their arguments based on feelings, on the author’s own assessment of what is good and effective or bad and inefficient.

In this article, I won’t be trying to prove which side is right.

Author

Maciej Polańczyk

Python Developer