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Four Ways to Connect with Distributed Team Members

Collaboration and project management tools are things that almost all managers rely on when running a distributed team, according to a survey of 500+ engineering leaders. But too often, these systems track the progress of projects without paying attention to the human beings working on them. People are more motivated and more satisfied when they’re […]

Your Health, Dear Developer

You are one of luckiest people at this time (circa 2019) because your job is one of the top jobs of this era. You are the cynosure of all eyes and perceived to be the shaper of the future, you have a made a good choice. When I was getting started as a Software Developer, I almost got […]

Building a serverless data pipeline

This is a summary note/transcript for the technical workshop held in Andela Nairobi in February 2019. OVERVIEW & PURPOSE The technology we use today has become integral to our lives and increasingly we expect it to be always available and responsive to our unique needs, whether it is showing us when a service is almost […]

How To Deploy Your React App to AWS S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. This means customers of all sizes and industries can use it to store and protect any amount of data for a range of use cases, such as websites, mobile applications, backup and restore, archive, enterprise […]

How to Design a Three-Tier Architecture in AWS

Introduction A three-tier architecture is a software architecture pattern where the application is broken down into three logical tiers: the presentation layer, the business logic layer and the data storage layer. This architecture is used in a client-server application such as a web application that has the frontend, the backend and the database. Each of […]

Joining Andela: Gordon Kisyake’ s Developer Journey

  Before joining Andela as a software developer, Gordon Kisakye spent the first two years after getting his degree in software engineering working at a startup in Kampala. Even though he mostly built websites at the startup, Gordon says it’s the work he put in to try to get through the Andela boot camp that […]

Improving Impact Amongst Engineers

IMPACT on a code base can be described as how your code affects existing code base. This can be measured by the number of lines you’ve added or updated, the number of files touched and most importantly the cognitive complexity on the changes you’ve added. Generally, engineers’ impact can be affected due to many external […]

Gusto

A lack of diversity and a shortage of qualified candidates are two of the top hiring challenges identified by 36,000 engineers in a 2018 survey by HackerRank. To overcome these challenges and tap into a global talent pool, many companies are going distributed. After publicly committing to diversify their engineering team, Gusto embraced the distributed […]

How to Build a 10x Team: 4 Tips From the Experts

The phrase “10x developer” is everywhere – whether you’re trying to become one, mentor one, or hire one, working with a person 10x as productive another team member sounds like a dream. The problem? No one knows what traits truly make a developer 10x. Bradley Scott, VP Product at Andela, interviewed 3 technology leaders on […]

Quantum Computing: The Real Game Changer

Quantum computing is becoming one of the most talked about new technology even though it does not fully exist yet. Technology has advanced significantly in recent years, our mobile phones have become more powerful than the computer NASA used to put a man on the moon and it gets better by the day.   In the nearest […]

The Quiet Rise in Demand For Blockchain Engineers

The demand for blockchain engineers continues to soar despite what appears to be a dwindling buzz around the technology.   News coverage and ads around blockchain technology may not be at the fever-pitch level of 2017, but the technology has since displayed a level of resilience that virtually ensures that conversations about it never quite […]

Senior Developer Myths

You’re Hiring The Wrong Developers. Here’s Why: Nobody wants to hire a junior developer – just look at the number of senior developer job listings compared to their entry level counterparts. However, the idea that leaders can scale their teams by hiring only senior developers is a myth. For your team to truly scale successfully, […]

ALCwithGoogle and Pluralsight November 2018

Due to the need to provide continued engagement beyond the program period, Andel  partnered with Pluralsight, a learning platform providing useful training content to launch grow with Google scholarships that trained 10,2744 qualifying applicants in Android and mobile web Google in partnership with Andela and Pluralsight launched a Grow with Google Scholarships program to train […]

Redefining the 10x Developer: The Power of EQ x IQ

When interviewing candidates for a VP of Engineering role, have you ever asked the question: “What’s the most difficult professional challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?” 10 out of 10 times, the answer you’ll get is about a management challenge or personnel issue. There’s the productive developer who isn’t a team player. […]

Developer Skills For The Workplace

More often than not, as a Community Manager at Andela, tech managers, startup founders, developers, and technology enthusiasts approach me with one critical question in mind, What skill set should a software developer have?” At Andela, we believe that developer skills can be categorized under two major groups – Work skills and Team skills. Work […]

Beyond Fake News: The Andela News Hackathon

The top 3 teams from the #AndelaNewsHackathon with a section of the Andela Kenya team and the BBC team at BBC’s #BeyondFakeNews Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo courtesy: BBC) The BBC recently released a report on “Verification, Duty, Credibility: Fake News and ordinary citizens in Kenya and Nigeria” that highlighted what ‘fake news’ really is, […]

Demystifying The M-Pesa API

Background M-Pesa is a mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service, launched in 2007 by Vodafone for Safaricom and Vodacom the largest mobile network operators in Kenya and Tanzania. M-Pesa allows users to deposit, withdraw, transfer money and pay for goods and services (Lipa na M-Pesa) easily with mobile devices. M-Pesa has spread quickly like […]

Is React Worth The Hype?

Ever since Facebook’s React was open sourced at the Javascript Conference in May 2013, it has gone on to shape Front-end development for most developers. 66.9% of devs polled in Stack Overflow’s 2017 Developer Survey ranked it as the most loved Framework, Library, and Other Framework   On its website, React is defined, quite simply, […]

The Efficacy of Lean UX

The concept behind Lean UX is that the first design iteration isn’t conclusive, so don’t spend too much time on it. Build a minimum working product based on assumptions and start collecting user feedback immediately.   In an agile environment, design cycles i.e gathering user requirements, researching and finally documenting everything, are often marred with […]

Meet the Women Building The Future at Andela Nigeria

Written by Bodunrin Akinola A quick test for you: Name the first woman in tech that comes into your head. What’s the chance that names like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Meyer came to mind? Yes, those are both tech leaders who are doing amazing things. Now, how about the women leading Nigeria’s tech industry? You may […]

Andela Launches First Cohorts of Developers

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, we made history at Andela. We launched the first set of Fellows who formed the earliest cohorts of developers we started with four years ago. The journey of these 21 awesome developers is the first peek at what the Andela Fellowship is about; their stories will form the foundation for […]