Hi everyone, my name is Florentin Bota and I am honored to be a part of the “Software is Easy. People are Hard” project. I will add here my experiences and knowledge regarding software development and I hope they will help you learn something new, confirm something you were thinking about, or just make you smile 🙂 .

At the moment I am part of an awesome team at CodexWorks Technologies and about to finish my PhD Thesis (95% done 🙂) at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

I am passionate about computer science and how things works in general, and I am ready to demystify any buzzword that sounds like a Pokemon name.

Thank you for reading this blog and remember: If you love what you do, nothing is impossible!


Hello and welcome!

Maybe you have been at your first interview or the last one. I don’t know, maybe you just came from an interview, I had that feeling too. Bear with me.

First of all don’t beat yourself up. Enjoy your unemployed time, go out, fix your vices. When you will be hired full time everything changes. Similar to when you have a baby. Your schedule changes, you start going out with people that have jobs. It is difficult to schedule a night out. Basically you are now an adult. Of course, I am talking about the grind. Going on and on and on until burnout settles and you start taking it slow. Burnout.

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What is imposter syndrome?

All developers have suffered from it. Basically, from time to time you feel like a fraud. If you have seen the movie “Catch me if you can” – 2002 starring Leonardo DiCaprio that is a pretty accurate representation of how this feeling manifests. In the movie Leo impersonates a flight pilot (among other jobs) in order to access free travel by plane from city to city and cash fake checks. He is always looking over his shoulder to see if the police have finally got to him.  

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How to: give and receive feedback.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”

– Elon Musk

A couple of days before writing this article I attended an event about feedback. I went there with my hopes low thinking that this will be just another boring event. But o boy, was I pleasantly surprised to be part of a group, not an audience.

The event was organised by Women in tech Cluj. I absorbed a lot of information from the meeting. The most important guide lines that stuck in my head are:

Golden rule of giving feedback : Prepare your mindset before you give feedback.
Golden rule when receiving feedback: Say thank you.

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Overpaid developers – myth, truth and legend


If you create your own app Elon Musk will instantly come out of nowhere to declare you a millionaire.

Media has a tendency to only show us the winners. We see it all the time: “teenager creates million dollar app“, “they started their billion dollar empire in their garage“. Yes, these things happen, but they are so much rarer than we are led to believe.

Most apps never get a public release. I personally created at least 5 apps that were never published on the app store (they were passion projects). Out of the published apps only a small percentage even get bought. And out of the ones that get bought an even smaller percentage get to the million status level.

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Hi, Robert here!

Hello my name is Robert Sandica. I am currently working with my colleagues Petre and Florentin Bota on a cool project about the little quirks of being a programmer.

As a part of this project I will share my thoughts on this blog, regarding the habits of programmers and other related topics. I usually think deep in technical logic and I am currently learning to think in customer logic, which is not an easy task.

As a programmer, I feel like an introvert by definition, and this blog will help me to answer questions like: How do I get out from my shell at an event or conference? Without boring our companions by getting too technical. Because, let’s face it, in 2 -3 minutes we can’t bla-bla all the things out of our head to get any attention.

So buckle up and follow us in our journey!

Networking: Getting out of our shells

Networking is building a relationship and connecting with another person, usually during a networking event, which might have a social or business nature.

This article is for you, the one who feels anxiety speaking to someone at a conference or industry event. This might happen even if you are a well known speaker or presenter. At one point you will be with a group of people and out of your comfort zone, not knowing how to break the ice. I will present you my answer on this topic and feel free to give some feedback about your ideas!

How do I get out from my shell at an event or conference?

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professional exhaustion syndrome

Burnout basically means when you are a match that was lit and now extinguished. There is no more flame in you or your soul. You are thin and dark like a burnt match.

During your university studies no one warns you about burnout despite the fact that many developers suffer from it. Usually burnout happens when you have a tight schedule to finish a project. You take it upon yourself to complete it in time at the risk of your own health.

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Hello World!

Welcome to my journey

Hi guys. My name is Peter and I’m a full stack web developer. The main reason for starting this blog is to promote the book that I’m currently writing. “Software is Easy. People are Hard” is a book about the software development industry. Together with two of my closest friends we are writing our own take on this topic.

On this blog you’ll mostly see highlights from each chapter as it’s being written. I will also take the freedom to talk about other topics related to IT that I feel I can add some value to with my opinion.
Warning! pop culture references may include Rick and Morty, Archer or Star Trek. So keep your eyes peeled for those Easter eggs. Now, let’s dive right in and talk about one of the chapters in the book.