Author Archives: Michal

Looking for the perfect job? Looking for the best developers?

As an active user of Stackoverflow I came across their new career service. It’s brand new and their vision is to find the perfect employer for each developer. Pretty good idea I think. STO has a lot of bright brains, which can be a huge profit for corporations looking for great staff.

Amongst other job platforms, it stands out by providing developer specific details such as First computer, Favorite technologies, Likes, Dislikes, etc. Currently they’re offering a 3 year membership for only USD29.00. Once inside, you sit back, drink tea and wait.

Since their launch Stackoverflow provided me a lot of answers to my questions, which no other site achieved so far. That’s why it’s time to give back to them. I decided to subscribe for the 3yr membership.

Want to hire me?

Android Gravatar Importer. Update your phone book with caller photos

I love Gravatar. So does Android now.

android on gravatarAre you on Android? Do you care of having nice up-to-date photos of your callers? If yes, then you might check out this little new application (Search market for Gravatar Importer) which walks through your contacts and checks if any of them has a Gravatar picture online. Once a Gravatar is found, it is added to the respective contact.

Combine this with Facebook Sync and you might end up with a phone book full of beautiful photos. Could life be any simpler? Indeed, it could! Someone needs to come up with an app which combines all of them and keeps automatically updating photos from all kind of sources such as Facebook, Gravatar, LinkedIn, Xing, etc.


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Are you listening to music while coding? Then try this simple game …

iswtichmeLately I’ve started listening to music on my iPod while coding. Some people love it, some hate it. As with me, I enjoy it so far - seems to inspire me. Nevertheless, I can’t do it all the day.

Anyway. Whatever.

If you are not the only one who listens to his iPod in your office, then try this simple game:

Switch iPods with your colleagues and get a chance to widen your music taste. It’s interesting. You’ll be surprised what your mates are listening too.

Category: fun

hurl: Simple service to initiate HTTP requests and trace its response

hurl Ever needed to examine a response for a given request? Here we go! hurl is a neat and simple web based service which allows us to initiate a customized HTTP request and presents the resulting response in a nicely formatted manner. Free, responsive and several configuration options.

This is how Chris and Leah - the creators of hurl - put it:

Hurl makes HTTP requests.

Choose the request method, customize headers and POST parameters, add basic authorization, and even follow redirects. Then view the nicely formatted request and response.

It’s the perfect tool for testing APIs. Just enter a URL and click send.


Formatted request details (incl. followed redirects!)


Formatted response example

9 free must-have apps to pimp your Android phone

android_pimp The Android platform is gaining popularity every day and so are its applications. More and more applications are being added and keeping track of them can be really difficult. Especially if you are looking for apps which are useful and not only fun.

I have been using my Android (HTC Magic) for almost 3 months now and would like to present you my 10 must-have applications. Continue reading

Service vs. Component

I was having trouble to differentiate between both nor could I 100% explain to someone what’s the real difference between a Service and a Component. Today I’ve found a really nice definition by Martin Fowler which I would like to share with you:


I use component to mean a glob of software that’s intended to be used, without change, by application that is out of the control of the writers of the component. By ‘without change’ I mean that the using application doesn’t change the source code of the components, although they may alter the component’s behavior by extending it in ways allowed by the component writers. - Martin Fowler, Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern


A service is similar to a component in that it’s used by foreign applications. The main difference is that I expect a component to be used locally (think jar file, assembly, dll, or a source import). A service will be used remotely through some remote interface, either synchronous or asynchronous (eg web service, messaging system, RPC, or socket.) - Martin Fowler, Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern

Top three C# questions on stackoverflow you should read

Here is a list of questions which I (!!) consider as TOP 3 C# (Visual Studio) questions (although the answers are probably the most interesting) on stackoverflow. Yes, I do love STO :)


  1. Hidden Features of C#
  2. Visual Studio Optimizations
  3. Which C#/.Net blogs do you read?

If you need more see the most voted C# questions. Would be nice to see some more lists like that (Julien, what about Flex?, Fab PHP?).