27 May

Developers, tag your apps and don’t mess up

I worked with SugarCRM a lot. Actually, my first “real” dev job started with building a robust software solution based on SugarCRM. And so I learned a lot about enterprise software and developed a bunch of solutions using the platform I started with.

Not long ago I started consulting businesses from the US on SugarCRM and enterprise software. I even took over some dev work. Then I found myself managing more than one instance of the same web app. I soon started messing things up by making changes to the wrong application because they all looked and behaved the same!

I just had to find a solution that would prevent me from creating a complete mess and possibly some international scandal by playing with a live application instead of my local app. Naturally, I built a Google Chrome extension.

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25 May

“Hashtags don’t make you an expert”

Are you one of those people who like to list a ton of stereotypical keywords when applying for a job? Do you advertise yourself as creative, outgoing, smart person with this or that hobby? Do you claim to know an endless number of programming languages or are you by chance from the Balkans and claim to speak four languages – Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian and Montenegrin – even though it’s practically the same language?

If you were on Twitter, I bet you could turn each and every one of those stereotypes into a hashtag and try to put it in your one liner – A #super #awesome #creative #ruby #python #php #java #angular #developer that does #yoga and plays #amateur #tennis! Wow, you just burned my eyes…

Please, let me tell you something… Hashtags don’t make you an expert. It’s experience, projects, relationships and contacts. It’s all about what you’ve done, not what you claim you can do.

So what can you do? Go ahead and be awesome at what you do. And then get even better. And then focus on what you’ve accomplished. People will know how to appreciate that.

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21 Jul

Adding custom data to WooCommerce orders

woocommerce-mijireh-largeNot long ago I was working on an integration between WooCommerce and some payment gateway. WooCommerce is an e-commerce solution in a form of a WordPress plugin. It extends your WP website to provide you with an online store, and it is a widely-known and recognized solution.

I needed to develop something very simple that required me to save some additional data about orders that used a certain payment gateway for checkout. I was surprised when I failed to find a functionality in WooCommerce core that would enable me to do this. Naturally, I wrote a plugin.

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17 Feb

From a big company to a small startup

jobs_jobs_jobsAs some of you have noticed by viewing my Working Experience page, I’ve changed my job in December 2012. I was a Solutions Consultant at PSTech, a great company from Serbia. A lot of people asked me how I could abandon such a fine position and career promise. This article will be an attempt to answer that question.

For starters, I would like to consider some of the reasons why people change their jobs:

  • FInancial benefits (“I should have a bigger salary!”)
  • Lousy working atmosphere (“These people annoy me, and that guy has the most idiotic mustache ever!”)
  • Poor career development options (“Are they ever going to consider me for that team lead position or what?”)
  • An unexpected opportunity (“Oh, my cousin from Sweden just offered me a dream job. So long suckers!”)
  • The brief (or not so brief) moment of insanity (“Everything’s great! I’m leaving!”)

People change their jobs for a variety of reasons but with a common motive: we all want a better life and we think we are smart enough to recognize that changing our job would benefit the cause. Yes, a lot of people do it because they don’t have a choice or they are being forced by other people or life itself. Fortunately, I had the freedom of choice.

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