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We are a colorful bunch here at X-Team, and, this time, we are happy to talk to Maciej Chmurski, our resident expert on all things car drifting and drone racing. Who has not dreamed about driving like they do in movies? Well, Maciej can actually do that, though he only does it legally and in a controlled environment for everyone's safety, of course. Still, consider anything and everything you learn about drifting and drones today potentially dan [...]

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how to make the right choice of skill for the basis of up-skilling, we looked at starting an Elm project, and how essential items, like routing and theming, were thought about and addressed, before starting any coding for the project itself. In this final part, we will look at the open source contribution opportunities that came up during the project, how unknowns were discussed with the Elm community, and h [...]

You say to-may-to, we say to-mah-to. But recently, X-Teamers had the opportunity to pick the brain of a guy, who dedicated quite some time these last few years to study of productivity... and he does not say either of those. He says, pomodoro! We are talking, of course, about Karol Sojko. A developer, Unleasher, and a master of productivity, who also recently held a talk at the 4Developers 2017 conference, titled Unleashing Your Super-dev-powers [...]

It has been 10 months now, since I joined X-Team. Ten months of extraordinary experiences, of new friendships, and of interesting work. Now, I am here to tell you about some of the things X-Team does, which keep its people happy, and, more importantly, sane, while so many others are battling burnout on a daily basis. This blog has grown on the basis of a talk I recently gave at WebCamp Ljubljana. The content is similar but not identical, so if y [...]

There's never been a greater time to create an open source project. As I wrote about recently in Hackernoon, platforms like OpenCollective are giving open source projects the opportunity for sustainability like never before thanks to crowdfunding. But it's not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars in new funding that's changing the future of open source. In that post, I reference "The Larkin Effect" (Sean Larkin of Webpack), this idea that [...]

X-Team recently held a round table discussion on the future of front-end web technologies, and one specific topic really stood out. With React.js being one of the current juggernauts of front-end development, can an up-and-coming technology like Elm hope to dethrone it? And what does WebAssembly have to do with all of this? While readers are likely familiar with React at least on the surface, let us kick this off by giving you a short overview o [...]

If you and your colleagues work 100% remotely from all over the world, no opportunity to meet with them in person should be missed. We try to create these opportunities as often as possible, focusing them mainly around various events, such as conferences. This time around, we picked React London! Credit: Wojtek Zając The conference took place in the QEII Centre, Westminster, close to many of London’s main attractions and notable areas. It was jus [...]

Last year, I spent most of my work trying to bring the potential of my fellow developers into full play. I was pretty confident about the routine I have established. This year, I’m trying out a new approach based on experiences from last year. I’m certain it will help others be more focused on their growth. The background Currently, I take care of 18 developers and their growth. The way we work is mostly based on the approach I have described in [...]

Today we’re excited to welcome five new members to the League of the Extraordinary, the honorary group of X-Teamers who have proven they are true superheroes. An X-Teamer is only able to unlock their superhero once they’ve consistently shown they know how to unleash their potential through various personal achievements. With Heroes Pack 23, we honor Juan Enrique Jimenez. (Dominican Republic), Dylan Coffey (USA), Diego Ferreira (Brazil), Henrique [...]

India is the second most populated country in the world and holds the 2nd highest population of developers in the world. Yet, it's one of the least popular places for digital nomads. Nomadlist ranks its capital, New Delhi, at #605 (out of 651). So then, what's it like being a nomad in India? X-Teamer Paul McCrodden spent 6 weeks throughout India as a nomad. Here's what he had to say about the trip in our #travel channel AMA: What was your favori [...]

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