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In this podcast we share our experience with you to learn and entertain. Showing you our approach to IT, e-commerce and retail tech platforms.

We are looking into the things that we’re enthusiastic about that are happening here at bol.com. As always, we have a bunch of ideas to share… This is how we do IT!



Topics in the episodes vary from:

- tech oriented, for instance the introduction of new programming languages

- business-tech oriented, for instance the way we apply data science in retail challenges

- way of working in tech, cultural aspects and agility

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In this podcast we share our experience with you to learn and entertain. Showing you our approach to IT, e-commerce and retail tech platforms.

We are looking into the things that we’re enthusiastic about that are happening here at bol.com. As always, we have a bunch of ideas to share… This is how we do IT!



Topics in the episodes vary from:

- tech oriented, for instance the introduction of new programming languages

- business-tech oriented, for instance the way we apply data science in retail challenges

- way of working in tech, cultural aspects and agility

    To become official F/OSS committer and eventually PMC member

    To become official F/OSS committer and eventually PMC member

    Introduction In this episode we are sharing something that is unique at least in the Tech Community here at bol.com.  To become official F/OSS committer and eventually PMC member. Without spoiling too much, I think this contribution will make a positive impact far beyond the bol.com Tech landscape and serve in an enormous number of companies. Helping engineers all over the planet. Hoping to inspire you as well to become official F/OSS committer and eventually PMC member. Our guest is the first bol.com employee to become official committer to the…

    • 45 min
    Proof data consistency in a micro service landscape

    Proof data consistency in a micro service landscape

    Introduction Even if it doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to think about it when you work in a larger microservice landscape or have a serious big data platform…Proof data consistency in a microservice landscape. When we google this subject I already get 1.2 MLN results so there’s something going on here. To ensure data consistency several practices are available: Saga Pattern Reconciliation Event Log Orchestration vs. Choreography Single-Write With Events Change-First Event-First Consistency by Design Accepting Inconsistency But in this episode, we won’t go over these practices. We…

    • 48 min
    Front End Quality in an interactive-heavy application

    Front End Quality in an interactive-heavy application

    Introduction In this episode, we show a little of our front-end love. And our love for testing and enjoying the quality of a good front-end. It was time for that because the last time we talked about front end related stuff was quit some episodes ago. We are going to talk about Front End Quality in an interactive-heavy application. First, we discuss two statements/dilemmas: Testing is always balancing. Time vs. Quality: How much time to spent on getting all the cases (interactions) and edge cases clear vs. the level of…

    • 41 min
    Behind the Mask

    Behind the Mask

    Today we take a look behind the mask. The moment we recorded this podcast episode the 2nd wave of Corona is hitting The Netherlands. In the first wave, the Corona crisis was causing a lot of pressure and stress on our healthcare system and nurses & caretakers specifically.  With a couple of IT Young Professionals, we are helping a great project called “Behind The Mask”. It is a joint effort of UMC Utrecht, TU Delft and Erasmus MC. The project aims to help nurses maintain mental and physical health by providing an online platform where…

    • 31 min
    Let's get Ethical

    Let's get Ethical

    “This is how we do IT”, is the slogan of our Techlab site and podcast. Every now and then we reach out to external guests to learn from them and exchange ideas. We are really happy to have this external guest in our show to talk about “Let’s get ethical”. This multi-talent released her book ‘De bubbel’ mid 2019 after 15 years at Google, Spotify and Booking.com. She writes columns for the Dutch newspaper FD. One of those was the reason for me to reach out and invite her to…

    • 56 min
    Sociotechnical Architecture to maximize impact

    Sociotechnical Architecture to maximize impact

    In this episode, we touch a field that we don’t explore that much, Architecture. To be more precise: Sociotechnical Architecture to maximize impact. In a way, it’s strange since Peter Paul has worked as an architect for quite a while. On the website of our guest, esilva.net,  it’s called “co-design organizational and technical systems to maximize impact”.  We think there is so much to explore in these words Sociotechnical Architecture so we asked Eduardo to join this show. We discuss what it is and also, why it is…

    • 53 min

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