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This blog is intended for software system engineers, architects and managers or people generally interested in development, testing and integration of software systems. It is part of profiq’s community effort that has the objective of sharing knowledge and ideas about software system integration, testing and development. In addition to this technical content, we share updates about life at profiq.

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AI and AI-powered development have become incredibly hot topics in the technology industry. The potential of AI to revolutionize various fields is widely acknowledged, and while impressive, is still being developed. Researchers, developers, and organizations are actively exploring new ways to use AI. In this dynamic landscape, we at profiq are constantly seeking out and experimenting with new libraries, plugins, and tools that leverage AI. These resources aim to enhance productivity, automate repetitive tasks, and unlock new possibilities in software development. One such resource is GitHub Copilot (Copilot). Copilot is…

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When a user has a problem or an issue, it might seem logical to stop the conversation and immediately jump in with a solution. However, this can prevent us from truly understanding the customer’s needs and getting a broader view of the issue at hand. Active listening is an important component of any job - including in the software industry. We sat down recently with Dr. Erica Noll Webb, the senior research manager at Docker, to discuss the importance of customer-centric innovation and other timely topics related to her work.…

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We recently hosted a Peer 2 Peer Tech Leader roundtable discussion in the Rocky Mountains. The group is composed of engineering leaders from a wide variety of software tech companies ranging from smaller 4-6 person engineering teams at startups to engineering leaders at FANG companies, and organizations in the government sector responsible for over 400 engineers. The primary goal for the roundtables is to provide a forum to network with peers, to share experiences, and to learn from each other. For each meeting a discussion topic is agreed upon -…

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Carl Jung once said, “The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” Like Jung, we believe play can fuel innovation, and sometimes, the wilder the idea, the better. ? You might be wondering why would we submerge a PC in liquid (in our case, mineral oil)? To that, we reply, “Why does anyone climb Mount Everest? Because they can.” So, we did! We created a Linux PC from upcycled computer parts, submerged it in mineral oil, lit it with LED light strips, and added a LEGO ship, because no aquarium…

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Making musical instruments speak using AI

Have you ever seen a speaking piano? Pretty cool, right? At profiq, we sometimes take a break from serious business and explore some pretty obscure ideas. A musical instrument able to replicate human speech is one of them. Inspired by YouTube videos and by our friends from the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest, we decided to dive deeper into the science and technology behind speaking instruments. Our mission? To understand how everything works, go beyond just a single instrument, and create an entire “speaking orchestra”. Our methodology In order…

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Real-time control of your app features with Split

At profiq, we often research and demo new and interesting modern technologies. One interesting Silicon Valley startup called Split (http://www.split.io) caught our attention with its recent launch of the Feature Experimentation Platform. The Feature Experimentation Platform is intriguing because it lets developers rapidly iterate product features, target them to customers, and measure their impact in one unified solution. It consists of an SDK for various languages and a cloud service console that lets you control and monitor features of an application in real time. Because we could potentially use this…

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Petr Večeřa, a software engineer at profiq specializing in test engineering, shares his thoughts on his role as a technical QA and test engineer. Petr started at profiq three years ago in the Tech Research position where his task was to develop a prototype of test automation for a company from Silicon Valley. Now he is in charge of one of the QA teams and he is responsible for several products. Q: Your position is called a Software Engineer but its goal is testing – how does it go together?…

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Running ExtJS app as a Liferay portlet: Part 1

Rendering ExtJS app in a specific page element Introduction Hello, My name is Jiří Znoj and I am working as a Software Engineer at profiq, an agile software development company. I, as a part of the team “Tech Research”, investigate various technologies for potential customers and for our purposes - to use the best technologies for our cause. Nowadays web apps are built by a combination of technologies. There are many frameworks that you can combine to build excellent and powerful web systems. Lately, I've been exploring Liferay, a Java-based…

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Rastislav (Rasta) Kanócz, the CTO and Co-Founder of profiq, has extensive experience in hiring and training many types of software engineers involved in QA, R&D, and the newly emerging discipline, DevOps. The software engineers he hires and trains at profiq are then allocated to projects for profiq’s customers. Rasta recently shared his thoughts on the critical characteristics that a great software engineer should have. Question: What is the difference between software engineers, QA engineers, and software developers? Rasta: ‘Software Engineer’ is a general term that covers multiple disciplines: DevOps Engineers,…

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Welcome to the second of our series of videocasts (a podcast with video content) where we talk about a variety of topics including trends in agile software development, QA, how to hire and develop skilled software developers, and life at profiq. In this videocast, Gabor Puhalla, profiq’s co-founder and CEO talks about identifying when companies will benefit most from automating their testing and QA in software development. Key topics we explore are: 1. The Goals for automating software testing and QA 2. The most common tipping points for when companies…

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