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Recognizing commercials using the Alphonso API

September 21st, 2015 by

Liberty Global organized the Hack & Play Appathon in Ziggo dome on September 15th and 16th. More than 20 teams of hackers, designers and programmers were invited to create an app or a game for the Liberty Global product Horizon set-top box. Team Trifork joined with Dennis de Goede (Design & Frontend), Tony Abidi (Devops) and myself (Front & Backend).

Alphonso added another challenge to the appathon: Create the best integration with the Alphonso platform. Integration challenge? Sounds like a Trifork challenge to me.



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Large organizations are just not set up to be agile

September 21st, 2015 by

There is something going wrong in the organization I am currently part of an onsite project, yet I can’t get my head around the specifics.

This very large governmental organization is growing agile initiatives all over the IT department. Development teams are having fun talking to their customers and are trying to create the best solutions to the needs of their stakeholders, yet everything agile about Agile halts when a shippable increment is ready to begin its journey through the rest of the organization.

A few weeks back I received an email from the team that is tasked with the becoming agile of our organization, asking me to fill out a form so I could show how SCRUM we were. I know it was meant to let us see for ourselves how agile we were, but to me it felt as if we were proving our agility through a checklist.

I know I checked every box there was, so according to the person sending it we were 100% Scrum. I just knew we weren’t agile, so there must be a flaw in checking of the Scrum checklist to see if you are agile.

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NewsBite April 2015

March 30th, 2015 by


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Dear Reader,

We have several news items that we would like to share with you. We have plenty of meetup activities and GOTO nights planned for the agenda that you don’t want to miss. The GOTO Amsterdam Schedule is now Live with core Tracks at this year’s event. 5th Keynote is all about Drones ! Additionally we have a new case study from FD to share and our partner elasticsearch changes name and  strategy Elastic: For – You Know, More Than Search Read on to learn more about all of this!



At Trifork, we are not only passionate about what we do we are also passionate about giving back. Social responsibility starts with us … together we can make a difference.

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Trifork is pleased to announce it collaboration with Weliketoshare. An online hotel price checker Weliketoshare has launched a new way to donate to charity. A way of donating that costs nothing extra for you. Book from over 700,000 hotels worldwide the cheapest hotel and automatically do something good for the world.Free of charge. Weliketoshare makes this possible, with every booking, we give a fixed portion of our income to charity projects. So choose a project and book your hotel, together we realize beautiful things!

Are you looking for a hotel for business or personal travel? Book your travel arrangements through our Trifork Weliketoshare community page and you too can make a difference!



We are delighted to be able to share with you our customer success story:
Transforming into a digital leader in the field of the financial and economic news.

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Eindhoven FREE GOTO NIGHT 16 April 2015 : An Introduction to Docker with Adrian Mouat .Have you registered … space is limited!

March 2nd, 2015 by

Docker training courses now available in Eindhoven! The first training will be held on the 29 & 30 April 2015. A special VIP discount code of 10% is given to attendees of the GOTO Eindhoven Docker Night on the 16 April 2015. We are filling up the room so register today you don’t want to miss this .

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Pen and Paper Vs. Sketching Tools

November 18th, 2014 by

Quite a few people have asked me over the years why I, as an interaction designer, do not use some of all the sketching and prototyping software that is out there, and why I still draw by hand despite the availability of all of these really smart and practical tools. Here’s why:


Screenshot of Balsamic

Screenshot of Balsamic

When I sketch a first prototype of a piece of software for a customer, then despite having done my homework well exploring the customer’s wants, and researching the users’ needs, I usually never get it right the first time. Understanding a new domain of expertise is a process that takes time and effort, and I always learn new things about a domain when I present a first prototype sketch to the customer and/or the users. There were things they forgot to tell me the first time, things I did not fully grasp the importance of initially. These new pieces of information usually causes the interaction design to change, as it should. But….


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GOTO Night on Functional Thinking

November 14th, 2014 by


Monday, the 17th of November GOTO organizes a new GOTO night in Amsterdam and what a session this will be!

The evening starts with a lot of pizza to satisfy the hunger. Beware though, food for thought might come from the other great minds you can share dinner with. It’s all about meeting new people and sharing your passion!

After the pizza we have 2 speakers who are able to blow you away. First we have Eelco Visser who will explain the principles and techniques for designing and implementing software languages. He will show how Spoofax helps us in creating our own languages.

Our second speaker is Neal Ford. He will explain the paradigm shift to get from an imperative programmer to a functional programmer. He will give examples in Java, Clojure and Scala. Expect to be amazed.

Be quick!

Boarding is almost finished and the room is already packed. Who will fill the last few seats for a full house? Register now using this link and see you on monday!


Trainings at GOTO Academy – AngularJS, Spring, Axon, iBeacon

August 7th, 2014 by

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Take a look at the upcoming trainings schedule at GOTO Academy.

We will also have FREE evening events on the topics iBeacon, AngularJS. Stay tuned!


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My Goto Amsterdam 2014

July 17th, 2014 by

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People who have worked with me know I’m a bit of a technical conservative. I’m very wary of quickly adopting the latest fads and trends because I’ve seen the collective hype and the following disillusionment too many times, including software being built with the then-latest-hype framework or platform and a year later being stuck with now-obsolete technology that only the original developers and a handful of other people still have any real experience with.

For the same reason I’ve avoided software tech conferences in the past years. A few visits to conferences several years ago on each occasion left me with feeling that I’d heard a lot about a lot, but that it wasn’t really going to improve my daily software development work.

Luckily, Goto Amsterdam 2014 was different.

Many, if not all, of the talks were relevant to my actual, day to day, software development job. I learned about looking at Agile in a different way. I heard people speak on real life problems being solved with actual, current, widely adopted technology. I even listened to talks that weren’t really that much about software development at all.

So let me walk you through my Goto Friday.

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Brightcenter, the multi-user classroom solution for educative app(lication)s

May 15th, 2014 by

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For years now, PC/Desktops have been present in the classroom providing children and students digital learning environments. These learning environments are helping the teachers by providing interactive learning aids where children and students can independently work and learn. In primary schools, classrooms are filled with just a couple of PCs in order to allow children to learn how to use a computer. Many of these PCs include special software written specifically for kids, where they can learn to practice basic mathematics, writing, language, etc. Most of the time these PCs are not even connected to the Internet, because of the nature of the applications and run on local machines. Read the rest of this entry »

Scrum: Just follow the solutions provided below!

May 8th, 2014 by

Doing Scrum is easy! Just follow and implement checklist below and everything will go well, right?

  • Deliver in cycles of two to six weeks
  • Work in a team sized six plus or minus three
  • Every day stand together answering what was done since the last standup and what will be done before the next
  • The standup should take no more than 15 minutes
  • Every sprint you have to review your process in a retro
  • The length of your retro should not exceed the length of the sprint in hours divided by 40
  • Stories in sprint should not take more effort than a team can do in two days
  • The stories should be broken up in tasks that can be completed in two hours max

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