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Our product testing workflow

Quality is an important company value, and we’ve been working hard to improve our processes. And because we see testing as one of the biggest quality drivers, we’d like to walk you through our flow!

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Ivica

Tester

24 May  ·  12 min read

Continuous integration for our native applications with Pygmy

Building native apps comes with a slew of configuration options and complexities. This is why we built Pygmy, another one of our automation monkeys!

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Matteo

Cloud & automation developer

11 May  ·  11 min read

Power to the promoter

You might have come across the story of our Appmiral before, as it is one of those in-house realizations we are very proud of. In this blogpost we shed some light on our latest updates to the platform.

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Lana

Project Manager

6 Apr  ·  6 min read

Our website performance commandments

Website speed and performance might be one of the most-repeated subjects in front-end land. Our front-end magician Sander walks you through his (not quite ten) performance commandments.

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Sander

Team lead - Web app

21 Mar  ·  6 min read

Our take on devops, part 2: Baboon

After our Devops 101 post, we’ll start introducing you to our gang of automation monkeys. First off, Baboon, who automates the creation of 'entities' in all November Five tools to help with housekeeping, security and reporting.

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Ruben

Director product operations

2 Mar  ·  5 min read

The real challenges when adopting Kotlin

For Android devs, Kotlin, the new cool kid and rising star in town, doesn’t require much of an introduction. We take you through the challenges we encountered while adopting Kotlin, and the best practices we uncovered in the process.

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Vincent

Native applications developer

23 Feb  ·  6 min read

Our process for tech assessments

We share our learnings and current process on how to screen a customer's technical stack.

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Stijn

Director web development

16 Feb  ·  8 min read

Love is in the air

Just in time for everyone's favourite pink holiday, we asked our coupled coworkers for their romance-related tech recommendations.

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Noémie

Research & content designer

9 Feb  ·  5 min read

Our take on devops, part 1: The history lesson

Devops is nothing if not a buzzword, but what exactly does it entail, and where does it come from? With this post, we kick off a series on our take on devops!

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Ruben

Director product operations

19 Jan  ·  19 min read

Packages in composer

In this tech tutorial, we show you how to change a library package name in Composer… Use it wisely!

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Kevin

Web developer

12 Jan  ·  2 min read

Jenkins serving Cake: our recipe for Windows

We walk you through our complete automated build process for the Universal Windows Platform, using Git, Jenkins and Cake.

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Dusty

Native applications developer

5 Jan  ·  12 min read

Dreaming of a techie Christmas...

Are you still looking for a last minute gift? These are some of the things our team would love to find under the tree this weekend...

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Noémie

Research & content designer

22 Dec  ·  6 min read

Preparing your Android apps for freeform

After diving into the new Android announcements from the past few months, we quickly became convinced: fully resizeable Android apps are coming, and they’ll be here sooner than you think. So what do you need to do to make your apps freeform-proof?

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Arne

Team lead - Android

6 Dec  ·  8 min read

Hardware Teardown: the Withings Body Cardio weighing scale

This month, we're cracking the case of the Withings Body Cardio, one of the most advanced consumer body composition weighing scales on the market today.

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Nick

Co-CTO & Founder

30 Nov  ·  5 min read

You make us Q: designing the Q mobile app

We've written about our collaborations with Belgian media company Medialaan before, when writing about the VTM app we built. This time, we'll be talking about another one of Medialaan's brands: Q.

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Justin

PM

10 Nov  ·  7 min read

Let me see that 'thon: our very first Hackathon!

What happens when you let four groups of our team members loose around the office for a weekend? Apparently, hacking magic! Take a look at the results from our first ever Hackathon.

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Nick

Co-CTO & Founder

3 Nov  ·  6 min read

Hardware teardown: the Naran MicroBot Push

In the beginning of this year, we pre-ordered the MicroBot Push from Naran Inc, and we’ve been itching to try it out. Due to some manufacturing hiccups, the Push was only shipped out recently – perfectly on time for this month's teardown!

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Nick

Co-CTO & Founder

27 Oct  ·  7 min read

The down low on Objective-C Runtime

Were you expecting a blog post about the recently released Xcode 8 and Swift 3.0? Not this time: we’re talking good old Objective-C today!

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David

Team lead - iOS

4 Oct  ·  9 min read

Hardware teardown: the Logitech Harmony Hub

We’re continuing our series of hardware teardowns! This month, we tackled (or more accurately, dismantled) the Logitech Harmony Hub, a device that aims to unite your connected home.

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Geert

Hardware engineer

29 Sep  ·  5 min read

How to connect the internet of things: Lora vs Sigfox

Are you working on a project for the ubiquitous Internet of Things? We compare two networking technologies to help you connect with the world!

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Oliver

Web developer

6 Sep  ·  8 min read

Around the world, around the world

With Appmiral, we build some of the best festival apps in the world. And since this year, we do so on four different continents!

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Robin

Client service manager

26 Aug  ·  2 min read

Hardware Teardown: the Withings GO activity tracker

Here at November Five, we like to know exactly how stuff works. That’s why we’re introducing a new recurring topic: the hardware teardown! Our first “victim”: the Withings GO.

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Nick

Co-CTO & Founder

19 Aug  ·  8 min read

Improving our project setup flow with RAML

Everybody knows that time is money, and you can never have enough of either! Well, that might be a cliché, but we still made it one of our main goals at November Five to not waste any time.

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Mario

Web developer

4 Aug  ·  4 min read

Spencer hacks: automating our garage doors

Our hardware team created a useful remote control hack for our office garage!

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Geert

Hardware engineer

15 Jul  ·  3 min read

What's up at Google?

With Google I/O come and gone, and subsequent announcements piling up, we’ve compiled a crash course to get you up to speed with Google’s latest.

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Arne

Team lead - Android

8 Jul  ·  9 min read

An honest look at the WWDC announcements

Our Apple Tech team talks messages, Swift, and more as they share their takeaways from last week’s WWDC opening keynotes.

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David

Team lead - iOS

23 Jun  ·  12 min read

Automating our office entertainment room

One of our awesome interns walks us through the project he’s been working on with us: the automation of our entertainment room.

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Oliver

Web developer

3 Jun  ·  4 min read

Video revamp: redesigning the VTM application

The VTM app is one of our prize ponies. This year, we crossed a major threshold together: our one millionth download! Time to lean back and bask in our glory? Hell no! So today we present: the complete makeover.

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Justin

PM

26 May  ·  12 min read

A very Android afternoon

All of our teams care about sharing knowledge, so Team Android got together for an educational afternoon.

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Arne

Team lead - Android

8 Apr  ·  4 min read

Setting up a private Python Package Repository on S3

Team Product operations opensources a tool to install Python packages with pip from your private repository.

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Ruben

Director product operations

6 Apr  ·  5 min read

Building our custom-made connected coin hopper

Our hardware team takes up some convenient office automation.

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Nick

Co-CTO & Founder

1 Apr  ·  6 min read

Our take on things: Apple's spring event

Traditionally, the end of March brings two things: the official start of Spring, and its accompanying Apple event. Our teams discuss Apple’s latest.

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David

Team lead - iOS

25 Mar  ·  9 min read

What is love? Spotify's Valentine Matchmaker finds out

Music as the spark for a romantic match: it’s certainly not a bad idea.

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Justin

PM

18 Mar  ·  4 min read

Out with the old: selecting the right CRM

As any larger company can tell you, a well-oiled CRM system can be a tremendous improvement to an organisation. But when the system is flawed, it can cause a lot of mayhem and frustration for everyone involved.

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Masood

Strategy & service designer

1 Mar  ·  8 min read

Game of Watches: Designing for WatchOS and Android Wear

Love them or hate them, smartwatches and wearables are here to stay. Our designers compare the big players’ platforms: the big battle of WatchOS versus Android Wear.

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Noémie

Research & content designer

29 Feb  ·  9 min read

Slacking off: updating the way we communicate

Like many companies with, say, more than half a dozen employees, November Five was beginning to struggle with email, too. So we set out to bring the fun back into our communications.

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Noémie

Research & content designer

29 Feb  ·  7 min read

What to do with HTTP/2

While we like our shiny gadgets and tricks here, we also keep an eye on the basics that power our digital business.

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Stijn

Director web development

21 Feb  ·  6 min read

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