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Social costs of mobile applications – based on Pokémon Go

Have you ever thought how enormous cost could be generated by the mobile application? Moreover, I am not thinking only about the cost of development… In most cases, we are saying that the mobile application succeeds when it is downloaded by an enormous number of people. However, nobody is talking about the other side of the medal. The same situation occurred with Pokémon Go.

Let’s start with good things. Only in Google Play this game has been download between 100 million and 500 million times. Moreover, you will find over 9,7 million of reviews. Both numbers are still growing. It is estimated that development cost of this game was on about 1 million USD level. Read more

Premortem analysis – how you can go against your animal instinct

Human, an animal that is adjusted to live in pack. Some of us can deny this statement but we are not able to live alone. We are always looking for other people society, acceptance and belonging. The reason is very simple – our life is easier in pack. Group allows us to solve problems faster and maybe what is more important it allows us also to survive during last centuries. And probably we will not win with our evolution.

Have you thought about how many times your decision have been driven by your instincts. They are taking control from us in very easy way. And they are making us a bit stupid. In such moments we are able to take decisions that are not coherent with our point of view. In such situation it is possible that we will became part of crowd that will convince other people to decision that we took moment ago. Read more

RoyalMail API cost reduction by Azure Functions

I would like to describe you one of the last cases of Azure Functions usage. In one of my projects I was using RoyalMail API to find address that is connected with provided post code. System has been delivered to users from England. In that country when you provide post code you are able to find out quite precise address and you can speed up form filling. Read more

Azure Messaging – stats

From time to time I am trying to figure out the size of Azure cloud. It is not so easy to acquire such data. Because of that I like to go sometimes to presentation that is conducted by somebody from Microsoft. In most cases such presentation contains rather marketing content than practical one. But quite often you can see interesting data. In September during Progressive .NET 2017 I got luck. In one of presentation some statistic regarding Azure Messaging has been revealed.

The first thing that came to my mind was reflection that on the one hand this solution works very effective and faultlessly. On the other one still statistically on every second 13500 requests are not handled correctly.

NDepend – short review

Sometime ago I have been asked by Patrick Smacchia to write short review of his tool – NDepend. I believe that most of you know this tool. It is a swiss army knife in scope of code analysis. Capacity of this tool is enormous. I wanted to fulfil this request in a professional way. So, I needed to learn how to use this tool before writing any word regarding it. And it was not so easy task. This tool has so many features and possibilities of customisation… After two months of using it I can say that still I am not so advanced user of it.

I will try to do my best… Read more

Passiveness

I thought a lot how to start this post. Then I had a problem with it title. Finally I decided to use one simple word – Passiveness. This is character trait that scary me the most. We think that IT industry will consume any number of specialist but this is not true. There are some people that would like to change something in their life – job, project, … but… They are not able to do that. They stick in the same company or project. And they are doing nothing to change that.

You can try to ask them – why? And it is quite common that they will indicate a lot of reasons that are blocking them from that change. I can give you a lot of examples. Let’s start from a man than on interview said that his development had been block by his company. Then other person that has stuck in the same project with the same technology for over 10 years. That person was an expert in that project but totally not attractive from market perspective. And maybe last example. Somebody who has longer break from software development. Read more