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#AboutLastWeek: Pokemon GO takes over the world, Bitcoin bulks up and the spotlight falls on JAX Innovation Awards

Each Monday we take a step back and analyze what has happened in the previous week. Last week we witnessed the birth of a new craze: Pokemon Go, nominations for the JAX Innovation Awards 2016 opened and we found out why the open source act is a massive victory for transparency. Henry Brade, CEO of Prasos Oy, helped us dissect the Bitcoin halving and discover exactly how bright is the future of this cryptocurrency.

Interview with Erich Gamma, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer

“We want VS Code to become the most popular code editor”

“Code editing, redefined.” This is the slogan Microsoft used to present VS Code, their new open source IDE that can be used with any programming language. A special language server protocol is part of the concept, making it possible to implement languages centrally and use them with any tool. We talked to Erich Gamma, Head of Development of VS Code, about the idea behind the IDE.

How much does it cost to make a coding mistake?

Coding error costs Citigroup $7 million

Citigroup must pay $7 million after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the financial services firm provided incomplete “blue sheet” information about trades it executed for 15 years. During this period, Citigroup omitted 26,810 securities transactions from its responses to more than 2,300 blue sheet requests.

How effective are your testing efforts?

Tips for analyzing the overlooked test data

As testers, we think about delivered software quality and the quality of our work all the time. It’s very important to have a set of quantifiable measurements in place so that you can gauge the effectiveness of your efforts to ensure that the software under test meets the intended business objectives.

Interview with Mike Croft, Java middleware consultant at Payara

“There is a heated debate between the Java EE camp and Spring camp”

“The key benefit of Java EE and Spring over JavaScript is that they allow you to forget the frameworks and technologies and just focus on the business logic.” JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc talked to Mike Croft, Java middleware consultant at Payara, about the myths surrounding Java EE and the advantages of Payara Micro.

Dissecting the Bitcoin halving — Interview with Henry Brade, CEO of Prasos Oy

[Bit]coin flipping: “Bitcoin is the world’s first universal currency”

Bitcoin halving has come and gone; what’s left is a smaller reward for mining bitcoins and the promise of a stronger cryptocurrency. We talked to Henry Brade, the CEO of Prasos Oy, a Finnish Bitcoin startup founded in 2012, about the event, the current state of Bitcoin and what’s next for all the people directly involved in this matter.

When your code fails, will the logs tell you what’s going on?

Great programmers write debuggable code

In this article Henrik Warne, a Stockholm-based software developer, weighs in on the details that transform a good programmer into a great one.

Avoid downloading the APK from third parties

The dark side of Pokemon GO: Watch out for malware

The Pokemon GO app is only officially available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand but this hasn’t stopped eager fans from all over the world from downloading apps outside of official app stores. By doing this users may unwillingly open the door to malware. Pokemon Go is advising users to install the app only via the Play Store or App Store.

Interview with Bozhidar Bozhanov and Stoyan Mitov

Bulgaria passes law requiring government software to be open source [UPDATE]

Bulgaria now requires all software written for the government to be open source. We asked Bozhidar Bozhanov, adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister at Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Stoyan Mitov, a business development director at Dreamix and co-founder at, to comment on this new law and its benefits.


Bitcoin halving: Volatility coming our way?

Bitcoin halving has come and gone; what’s left is a smaller reward for mining bitcoins and the promise of future volatility. Let’s see what happened this past weekend and what changed for Bitcoin miners and enthusiasts.