Comparing protocols and extensions in Swift and Elixir

Swift has been recently announced by Apple and I have been reading the docs and playing with the language out of curiority. I was pleasantly surprised with many features in the language, like the handling of optional values (and types) and with immutability being promoted throughout the language. The language also feels extensible. For extensibility, … »

How to deal with user stories that are not finished in one sprint

One of the most common questions discussed among the Agile Community is what should be done when a team doesn’t finish a user story (US) in a sprint? How can people track the progress made on an incomplete user story? In this blog post, I’ll share our approach to this question. According to the community, … »

1 year working at Plataformatec

One year ago I joined Plataformatec and today, I’m going to tell you some practices that I have learned while working here during all this year. I hope you’ll find something helpful to improve your team or your company. Sustainable work hours Some companies expect their employees to work overtime when a project gets close … »

Agile trends

Last month our team went to Agile Trends, an event in São Paulo where discussions revolved mainly around Agility in software projects. Starting the event activities, Niels Pflaeging presented a keynote where he defends Agile alone is not sufficient to taking organizations to the Knowledge Era, and that deeper transformations are necessary for doing that. … »

Tips for keeping your Open Source Software issues tracker tidy

Charlie Somerville recently tweeted he wished there was a good guide about maintaining open source software: I wish there was a good guide on maintaining OSS projects. I'm a maintainer of a reasonably popular project and I have NFI what I'm doing. — Charlie Somerville (@charliesome) April 26, 2014 In between consultancy jobs and building … »

RailsConf 2014

This year’s RailsConf was held in Chicago, from April 22 to 25, and Plataformatec was there, as in previous years, and this time it was represented by George Guimarães, Lucas Mazza, Rafael França, and myself included. Even though I’ve attended the last 5 RubyConf / Rails Summit here in Brazil, this was my first time … »