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Code review is (or at least should be) a common practice in the modern programming world. This is the place where the character and skills of different programmers meet. It’s meant to improve the quality and engage others to acknowledge the whole codebase in more practical means. But probably, just like me, you have encountered many problems, either related to the process itself, or you couldn’t stand a fellow coder’s way of commenting your solutions.

Why is it so?

I want to try to address the problem using the title of one of the famous western movies. Maybe I will rearrange it a little and consider three Review Candidates. The Bad, The Ugly and The Good. Enjoy! Read more

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Each company has its own culture. So do we. Being a remote-friendly company without managers and keeping the quality bar very high at the same time can be challenging. If you wonder how we do it, here is a quick guide that can prepare you to join our crew and in a very condensed way show what are the core values we cultivate. Read more

The challenge

In Scalac we view remote work as a challenge not as a hindrance.

In many companies working remotely, from home or even from another town, is a taboo. No manager there would allow that. They justify it with “decreased productivity” and “difficult communication”. And they are right … as long as we talk about traditional management style for repetitive tasks. Read more

Motivation

In Scalac we believe that communication is essential in IT and that projects with inefficient information sharing are doomed to fail. Fortunately for us it doesn’t always mean that putting people in one place is the only way. More often it’s about creating the right spirit for exchanging knowledge and providing ways to do so.

As in Scalac we are very often working remotely, we had to come up with a tool to help us communicate. We tried few different products for communication, but in the end we switched to Slack. We are using it for around a year now and are pleased with the rich experience it offers. Read more