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Deploying A Docker Application On Google Container Engine

The Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service from Google that offers a set of enterprise capabilities that leverages the same technologies that are used at Google. It provides a multitude of advantages, including instant scaling of any online solution and live migration of Virtual Machine functionality.   In this Scotch.io tutorial, John Kariuki, […]

Welcoming Uganda to the Andela Family

When we launched in Nigeria three years ago, there’s no way we could have predicted how much of a continent-wide phenomenon Andela would become. In that time, we’ve grown from a founding team of six to over 600 Andelans spanning three countries and two continents.   Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our […]

How to Use JavaScript Hoisting to Your Advantage

Hoisting in JavaScript is a tricky technique, but when used correctly can be beneficial to your code. However, if misused it can turn a harmless looking declaration into a persistent issue. Hoisting is a mechanism where variables and function declarations are moved to the top of their scope before code execution. In this Scotch.io tutorial, Nairobi-based […]

Andela Opens New Nigerian HQ! Hint: It’s EPIC

At Andela, we consider ourselves pretty Excellent. We love to infuse Passion into our work. We approach our gigs with Integrity, and we leverage the amazing people that surround us through relentless Collaboration. In short, we’re a pretty EPIC company.   These EPIC values are Andela’s core values—they guide our mission, illustrate our vision, and […]

Andela Gives Back to Local Communities with TeenCode Initiative

This is a guest post by Andela Developer, Gertrude Nyenyeshi.   “Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming   TeenCode Africa is an initiative started by Andela developers that introduces programming techniques to African teenagers. This is in a bid to accelerate the development of technology in Africa […]

A Case for Progressive Web Applications

TL;DR — If your company is or is planning on doing business in emerging markets, architecting your web applications for performance through progressive enhancements is one easy way to drastically improve accessibility, retention, and user experience.   Disclaimer: It so happens that not only people in emerging markets suffer from poor networks.   Towards the […]

New Podcast: Building for the Next Billion

If there is one thing most people can agree on, it’s that podcasts are awesome. We are excited to announce the launch of Building for the Next Billion, Andela’s podcast discussing the most prominent trends in software development with leading technologists from around the globe. This will serve as an unbiased platform for engineers to […]

An Engineering Manager’s Guide to the Future of Work

Last month, Stack Overflow released its annual Developer Survey, which polled over 64,000 developers across the globe about their favorite technologies, coding habits and work preferences. One of the key highlights was a strong preference for distributed work. A majority of developers (64%) reported working remotely at least once day a month, and 11% reported […]

Geeks On A Plane Visits Andela

Andela Lagos has gotten its fair share of high profile visitors in the past year, starting with Captain Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) last summer, to the Grandfather of Extreme Programming, Kent Beck, and now 500 Startups’ group, Geeks On A Plane. It’s more than people sightseeing in Africa — it signifies a deeper movement of Silicon […]

Cent and Fiyin’s Dedication Gets a Payoff

Payoff, a 7 and a half-year-old financial wellness company that provides personal loans to pay off credit card debt, is one of our treasured partners. They’re also hot off a $67.4M funding round (congrats!) that closed earlier this year. They started working with two of our rockstar devs, Cent and Fiyin, in June 2015 to help accelerate their […]

NYC Panel: The Future of Work in a Global Ecosystem

Last week we hosted a panel with our CEO and Co-Founder, Jeremy Johnson, Knotel’s Co-Founder and CEO, Amol Sarva, and PowerToFly’s Co-Founder and CEO, Milena Berry to discuss how to utilize diversity and talent, regardless of geographical location, in today’s global economy.   Andela, Knotel and PowerToFly are actively working to make diverse talent more […]

Happy International Women’s Day. Now Go Hire.

On January 21st, I flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to Washington DC to pour into the streets with hundreds of thousands of women. It was exhilarating. I loved every second of it, every poster, every parent there with their children. I felt the strength in numbers that one can only feel out on the streets demonstrating […]

Jeremy Johnson Joins The Twenty Minute VC Podcast

In case you missed it, Jeremy sat down with Harry Stebbings during a very special episode of Founders Friday to discuss fundraising, the future of work, and more. We’ve included an outline of the episode below, but be sure to listen to the full podcast audio here!   In This Episode You Will Learn:   1.) […]

What an Engineer Looks Like

This past weekend, an Andela engineer from Nigeria named Celestine Omin made his first trip to the United States. He’s not what many in Silicon Valley think of when they imagine a stereotypical software engineer. Celestine — a tall, lanky 28-year-old Nigerian who just became a father — is a leading figure in the Lagos, […]

Demand mastery, reject hubris

I know many people who think that you have to be excellent at something to be successful. I know some people that are successful simply because they are excellent at talking about themselves. Unfortunately, being good at something doesn’t make you successful, and being successful doesn’t make you good at something (although it can often […]

How to Avoid Handover Nightmares

A handover is the process of migrating resources and responsibility of a project from one team to another. It is one of the critical stages of any software development cycle. The way this process is carried out affects the project outcomes and therefore should be well planned and executed.   Being software engineers, we spend […]

Android Learning Community (ALC 1.0) January 2017

In 2017, Andela and Google piloted the Android Learning Community  with a training  program meant to empower the community by training participants in Android.  Over 4,500 people applied within a 3-week period, and more than 2,500 completed an assessment of which 2,370  were selected to kick-off the program. The program combined Google’s community science, Andela’s […]

Andela Partners with UNICEF on Wearables for Good Challenge

Andela Developers thrive on creating innovative solutions that make the world a better place. So, it made perfect sense for Andela to partner with UNICEF on its Wearables for Good Challenge, which brings together developers, designers and problem-solvers from around the world to build wearable devices that address social issues in the emerging world.   […]

What a Year! A Look at the Past 12 Months

2016 was a year of milestones for us. We announced our Series B funding round led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, added more than 50 new partners to the Andela family, and received more than 23,000 applications from aspiring Andela Developers.   It’s no surprise that Andela Developers continued to make an impact far beyond […]

Prologue: Designing for Human Transformation

The Future of Learning & Technology In June 2015 I said goodbye to life as I knew it and moved to Africa to build the future of learning and technology.   I was living in Trenton, the small, destitute capital of New Jersey. For two abundant and harrowing years, I designed education programs at an […]

Building the Future of Data at Enigma

Stanley Ndagi is an Andela Developer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He’s currently a Data Engineer with Enigma, a New York-based startup that provides data discovery and analytics tools to help organizations make better decisions.   “We are in the future,” says Enigma CEO and Co-founder Hicham Oudghiri. This “future” relies on the infinite volume of data […]

3 Critical Steps to Hiring the Best Developers

Andela’s Chief Information Officer, Lisbi Abraham, has spent the past 25 years as a leader in technology and operations, partnering with clients and bringing new products to market. He recently joined the team at recruiting software platform Lever for a webinar called “How to Win the Competition for Technical Talent.” In his talk, Lisbi shared […]

How to Master Your Next Design Sprint

At a startup, time is your enemy. When your goal is to hit targets and grow as fast as possible, you don’t have time to build the wrong product.   Enter the design sprint. Developed by GV, this five-day design framework gives teams an expedited way to validate ideas and address big challenges. We asked […]

Kent Beck’s Product Development Triathlon

“Pretty much everything I do, I see in Explore/Expand/Extract terms now,” says Kent Beck.   The creator of extreme programming and one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, Kent coaches developers at Facebook and has been a programmer for more than four decades.   Yet earlier this year, he discovered a new approach […]