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Latest news from Trifork Amsterdam – November newsletter

November 19th, 2013 by

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You haven’t heard from us last month, but not without reason. We have been very busy and we have some exciting developments to share with you!

The following projects went live last month!

Launch of Swisscom’s new e-learning portal
Logo SwisscomLast month we launched a new application of our QTI Assessment Delivery Engine as part of the new e-learning portal for the educational district North-West Switzerland commissioned by Swisscom and theInstitut für Bildungsevaluation. The portal targets children in primary education and is designed to help train, test and assess their knowledge and skills. Together with others, Trifork delivered the digital assessment platform used in this e-learning portal. With our high-tech QTI engine the students are able to take an assessment wherever and whenever they want using just a browser and get immediate feedback on their result. The launch has been greeted with great enthusiasm by students, teachers and the district. They are looking forward to expand the use and possibilities over the next few years.Download a demo of the QTI assessment delivery engine we will use for this project or view the QTI screencast now!
Kickoff beta testing Crisis AppLogo AcquiriusLast week we had the kickoff for beta testing the Crisis App, for IOS 7 and Android 4, at the fire station in Zeist. The Crisis App is an application for the crisis manager of a municipality, and gives the manager the right tool at hand for managing a crisis. There were 18 beta testers from 6 different municipalities and 1 from the Safety Region Utrecht. The beta testing went very successful; 0 bugs, and only some small UI improvements were proposed. The users are very enthusiastic, there are people voluntarily approaching us to also become a beta tester. The rumors are slowly spreading, and we are expecting that more and more municipalities will make use of this handy app during a crisis.

That doesn’t mean that we can relax now.. New projects!

New application for registration of students in development!
UvAThis week the development of a new application for the registration of non-regular students for the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam started. The application contributes to a uniform process and improved information housekeeping. It will replace the current manual paper-based process, saving a lot of error-prone and manual labor. For the front-end we’ll be using responsive web forms and in the back end we’ll be connecting to SIS using web services. The idea is to first start with a proof of concept to prove the approach and solution, and continue in an agile manner to develop the application.Partnership with CITOCITOAs a world renowned assessment expert, Cito has many clients in and outside of The Netherlands leaning heavily on their experience. One of the services of Cito is their independent, high stake, electronic assessment environment: Questify. To further strengthen their product, Cito will make use of Trifork’s QTI Assessment Delivery Platform. This enables the customers of Cito to execute multi-platform, browser-based assessments on a broad scale.The QTI Assessment Delivery Engine is based on the IMS Open Standards; CC, QTI and LTI. The IMS Global defines different question types, and many specifications around the delivery of assessments. This engine is capable of delivering all of QTI defined questions within low and high stakes assessment environments, making it perfect for exam centers, educational institutes, publishers, and assessment software vendors.

Then… We are busy conquering the South!

We are expanding to the south of the Netherlands, and have opened our office in Eindhoven. At the wonderful and innovative location of Strijp-S we joined an event for start-ups: Innovation in a Week. The organizers of this event, Wonderlab, are generating a community for innovative, bright ideas and are binding smart companies and people to them. We directly fell in love with their approach and have chosen to join forces with them. If you are in the south of The Netherlands and curious about our services just contact us!

BRAND NEW: “iOS 7 for Devs” Course January 23 and 24, 2014!
We are proud to let you know that the Trifork Academy has spread their wings to Amsterdam. Originally based in Denmark, where we are delivering courses on a wide range of software development topics. We are bringing the courses to Amsterdam due to popular demand, starting with the iOS for Devs course.

The first training (2 days) will be about iOS 7 and will be targeted at developers who want to learn everything about iOS development. Our trainer is Adrian Kosmaczewski and he will teach you about the building blocks of this platform.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian is a software developer, trainer and book author. He is the author of “Mobile JavaScript Application Development” and “Sencha Touch 2 Up and Running”, both published by O’Reilly.

This 2-days training takes place January 23 & 24, 2014 in Central Netherlands.

Since this is a new concept, we decided to introduce the training at the lowest possible rate.

ONLY €699,- if you sign up before December 19.

For more info, please contact us or visit the website!

Free GOTO Nights in Eindhoven and Amsterdam!

GOTO Nights

In November we are proud to welcome the following speakers in Amsterdam as well as in Eindhoven!

Wednesday, November 20, EindhovenAllard Buijze

Adrian Kosmaczewski, who we already introduced, will talk about the “New Features in iOS 7 for Developers”. Allard Buijze is a software architect and will give you “An introduction to CQRS and the Axon Framework”.

Sign up here for the Free GOTO Night!

Thursday, November 21, AmsterdamSergi Mansillo

Adrian Kosmaczewski will give the same talk as in Eindhoven about the “New Features in iOS 7 for Developers”. Sergi Mansilla is a Firefox OS Evangelist and will tell you why systems like “Firefox OS” are more necessary than you think.

Sign up here for the Free GOTO Night!

Trifork will be at NLUUG, the DevOps Conference in Bunnik

Our Trifork Engineer, Frank Scholten, will be presenting a talk at the DevOps Conference, NLUUG. Frank will give you an “Introduction to CI at a large organization – Practices, tools and lessons learned“. Would you like to know more about our technical expertise as well, then come and see Frank’s talk, November 21st!

Looking for Java-Developers for the Eindhoven team!

Are you searching to be part of an amazing opportunity? Being part of an exciting project, starting our business in the South? Are you eager enough to bring in new ideas, technical expertise and talent? Then we are looking for you!

Besides that we are also actively looking to expand our Amsterdam team, with these vacancies:

Even if the exact job you’re looking for is not outlined above, but you’re interested in learning more about Trifork & our projects then email us at


And if you’re not done reading, we’ve published some great blogs recently check out:

Supporting IE10 on a Rich Internet Application with Vaadin – the Vaadin 7 migration” by Frans Flippo

Java clients behavior during a split-brain situation in Elasticsearch” by Bogdan Dumitrescu

Puppet from the trenches – How to prevent overwritten user configuration with a custom type” by Frank Scholten

Apportable (a much better alternative to Phonegap) and AFNetworking” by Tom van Zummeren

Thanks for your interest, more next month.

Regards, Trifork Amsterdam

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