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Africa Developer Survey: The next frontier for global skills

The shift towards remote work has had a significant impact on IT developers across Africa, opening up new opportunities and enabling them to start working with some of the world’s largest companies.  This is one of the key findings of Andela’s Africa Developer Survey, which polled over 1,000 developers across the continent in September last […]

A Brief Look into .Net Interactive in Visual Studio Code

In this week’s Writer’s Room blog, Andela Community member Haymanot Tamrat explores using .NET interactive in Visual Studio Code. In early 2020, to get started and explore dotNET REPLs, a NET developer had to install Anaconda, Jupyter, and Python. Now, all a developer has to do is install a single Visual Studio Code extension (keeping […]

The UX Designer career roadmap

User experience designers – otherwise known as UX Designers – are an essential part of technical product teams, closely involved in anything from app creation to website builds. A creative, engaging, and fulfilling career choice, UX Design jobs are some of the most sought after across the world. The UX Designer’s role is to make […]

Breaking down the foundations of a design system

Design systems are an organization’s collection of tools, processes, guidelines, and design philosophies.  Combined, they pave the way for a product team to execute and deliver its design experiences. The purpose of a design system is to systematically streamline product development and to establish repeatable, replicable, and scalable processes through which a product team can […]

Our guide to hiring UX designers for your team

User experience (UX) design is a process of designing a digital interaction between a user and a product or service. It’s a broad subject that has many dimensions and disciplines under its scope. For example, UX design includes interaction design, visual design, information architecture, and the usability of human-computer interactions. So, the role of a […]

What is a UI designer?

The role of a UI designer is to bring life to a digital interface’s visual design. In the simplest words, a UI designer designs the screen that a user faces while interacting with a website, application, or software.  In a broader sense, UI is a focused part of the user experience (UX) design process. It […]

Key skills to look out for when hiring UI/UX designers

Under the vast umbrella of experience design, UI and UX are the two elements responsible for designing a digital experience and aesthetically representing it. A UI/UX designer ideally possesses equal capabilities for designing an optimal user experience and a pleasing interface for users to interact with. While UX designers focus on the functionalities and overall […]

How to successfully run remote design research

Whether we’re working remotely from home or in-person at least six feet apart, progress continues to be top-of-mind. Forrester reports that in order to compete in the tech labor market, companies must be open to adopting an anywhere-work culture. This comes with its own set of adjustments, such as making sure the right systems and […]

Using UX design to help agile teams thrive

In this Writer’s Room blog, Andela Community Member and UX researcher Carlos Tay explains how UX design can enable agile teams to thrive! As part of an Agile team, UX professionals need to be closely involved in scrums and other essential meetings to ensure open communication, influence product success, and to contribute to the team’s […]

How to leverage Salesforce Service Cloud

People who are new to Salesforce often think that it’s a single product: An out-of-the-box customer relationship management (CRM) system. In reality, Salesforce delivers a wide range of tools and services that address countless business challenges and target specific functions. In order to understand how to best leverage Salesforce in your business, the first thing […]

Redux Toolkit: State management for the future

In this Writer’s Room blog, Andela Community Member Ebenezer Adjei explores the new and improved Redux – Redux Toolkit – and its capabilities for the future of State Management! Redux Toolkit is a great tool that has finally taken over the core Redux. It encompasses all the features of Redux with extra capabilities. When using […]

What is Salesforce Sales Cloud?

People who are new to Salesforce often think that it’s a single product: An out-of-the-box customer relationship management (CRM) system. In reality, Salesforce delivers a wide range of tools and services that address countless business challenges and target specific functions. In order to understand how to best leverage Salesforce in your business, the first thing […]

What is Salesforce Marketing Cloud?

People who are new to Salesforce often think that it’s a single product: An out-of-the-box customer relationship management (CRM) system. In reality, Salesforce delivers a wide range of tools and services that address countless business challenges and target specific functions. In order to understand how to best leverage Salesforce in your business, the first thing […]

Writer’s Room: 5 tips for technical writing

As a technologist, showcasing your skill set is essential to gaining the attention of potential employers and like-minded developers, engineers, and technical professionals. Whether you’re a Ruby developer or data scientist, UX designer, or product manager, by creating content, particularly technical tutorials and thought leadership articles, you can share your knowledge and center yourself as […]

Scaling Talent Delivery at Andela

As Head of Talent Delivery at Andela, I’ve had the opportunity to scale our delivery processes and systems through a period of exponential growth. This consistently presents a unique set of changes that are just as challenging as they are rewarding. Andela’s growth was recently profiled in a case study by the International Finance Corporation […]

How to build the ultimate design portfolio

Creating a killer design portfolio is as much a design task as it is a critical part of the process of showcasing your work to potential clients. But what makes a great design portfolio? How do you ensure that anyone looking at your portfolio isn’t just blown away by how amazing it looks, but gets […]

How top engineering leaders manage remote teams today

According to Zapier’s 2022 Future of Work report 64% of respondents say working remotely allows for more productivity. For National Work From Home Day 2022, we gathered insights from five global tech leaders at the helm of innovative, remote teams. Here’s our round-up of the best practices they shared. Keep the communication running While working […]

The Senior ReactJS Developer Roadmap

Calling all ReactJS developers! Are you a mid-level ReactJS developer looking to upgrade to a senior-level role? Or, are you already a senior developer, seeking to upskill and perfect your craft? Front-end development is an ever-evolving industry, where programming languages and applications are continuously updated, and new and improved releases hit the market before you’ve […]

The future is WFH: empower your career remotely

Flexible working is here to stay. In the aftermath of the pandemic, many global organizations – including Andela – adopted a remote-first culture, building a business model around the lifestyle and productivity benefits of working from home. As a remote-first company, Andela believes that no matter where you’re based in the world, you should have […]

A sneak peek into React Hooks

Topics Overview of React Hooks Why are Hooks created? Rules to follow useState and useEffect Hooks Hooks API Reference Overview of React HooksReact.js is an open-source JavaScript-based UI library that uses component-based architecture and is widely used for web and mobile app development. A component in React is an isolated and reusable piece of code. […]

Why you should consider hiring a Salesforce Business Analyst

In this latest installment of our series “Breaking down key Salesforce roles,” we dive into the role of Salesforce Business Analysts. Read on to learn all about Salesforce Business Analysts and what you should look for when hiring for this specialized role. What does a Salesforce Business Analyst do? A Salesforce Business Analyst eats and […]

Apache Solr Search Engine: What you need to know!

Have you ever been in a situation where you have an enterprise app with data that exists in an SQL Database, and the business team asked you for a text search feature? If you answered yes, most probably your first trial was to conduct a text-based search using the database query. However, it might work, […]

How to leverage Salesforce Architects on your team

In this latest installment of our series “Breaking down key Salesforce roles,” we dive into the role of Salesforce Architects. Read on to learn all about Salesforce Architects and what you should look for when hiring for this specialized role. What is a Salesforce Architect? A Salesforce Architect is the job of a technical genius. […]

Breaking down key Salesforce roles: What is a Salesforce Developer?

As the leading customer relationship management system, Salesforce makes it possible for businesses to find solutions for tough problems. Yet leaders often don’t realize that these solutions may necessitate specialized skill sets under the Salesforce umbrella. In order to maximize an investment in Salesforce, it’s critical to know what different Salesforce professionals do and how […]

Tech pride: LGBTQIAS2+ allyship in the technology community

The month of June is recognized around the world as Pride Month: a celebration of and reflection on the civil rights movement for LGBTQIAS2+ communities.  As a rapidly evolving industry, technology appeals to a global world of technologists, and it is this far-reaching, diverse community that is enabling the industry to grow quickly and efficiently. […]

Breaking down key Salesforce roles: What is a Salesforce Administrator?

As the leading customer relationship management system, Salesforce makes it possible for businesses to find solutions to tough problems. Yet leaders often don’t realize that these solutions may necessitate specialized skill sets under the Salesforce umbrella. In order to maximize an investment in Salesforce, it’s critical to know what different Salesforce professionals do and how […]

The six secrets to becoming a tech leader

The technology industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and for any senior-level technologist seeking career progression, it can be overwhelming. But the key to embracing the constant shifts is learning to develop your own skills. Changes in the tech industry aren’t part of natural evolution – they’re driven by tech leaders, fuelling innovation and […]

Three reasons why you should be using Salesforce forms

When collecting customer data, the headaches often stem from having to manually input data points and manage large deposits of data that may include redundant information. As a Salesforce Admin currently embedded at an eCommerce company that sells sleep products, I’ve learned how powerful Salesforce forms can create unique user journeys resulting in better, cleaner […]

Three guiding principles for interactive experiences in EdTech

From K-12 to higher education and workforce upskilling, there’s a growing global demand for online learning. According to one report, the global EdTech market holds an absolute growth of more than 130% between 2022 and 2027. The ethos of EdTech companies is to share education with the world. This alone has revolutionized the education industry. Today, […]

To SQL or not to SQL, that is the question

When Prince Hamlet opens his soliloquy with the phrase “To be, or not to be”, he is debating between living and dying. While this article will not delve into this morbid subject, the decision to use a relational or non-relational database for your application has far reaching consequences. Hopefully, by the time you’re done reading […]

LGBTQIAS2+ tech pioneers who helped shape the industry

Pride month is celebrated throughout June, across many countries around the world. Andela is proud to be a global organization honoring the countless contributions to the tech industry by members of LGBTQIAS2+ communities through our #AndelaPride365 campaign. An important part of celebrating Pride is paying tribute to LGBTQIAS2+ individuals who paved the way by shaping […]