Writing as a non-native speaker

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Writing as a non-native speaker

September 30, 2016

This blog post is about my methods for becoming a better writer in English. It shows my tricks for self-improvement. I don’t want to pretend I have accomplished my goal: I’m still on the road and I have a lot to learn. But I hope this writing could be of help to others with the same challenges.

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What is an API?

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What is an API?

September 20, 2016

An API is not a thing, it is a weird presence we communicate with, develop and implement. An API is an abstract idea, which is hard to catch for non-developers.

I find some concepts challenging to truly understand, let alone explain without context. Take language or loyalty for example. Or an API. What is it? Like Schrödinger's cat, such abstract concepts loose their real characteristics if we try to pin a static definition on them. But if a feline entity is so useful in explaining the quantum state, maybe metaphors would work for APIs too. I studied quantumchemistry, so you see how the cat got here. In this blogpost, I try to show what an API is in action, using metaphors from different professions and the definitions I found on the internet. This one goes out for the lawyer, the med, the interpreter and the writer.

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ITrainee program 2016: Towards practicality

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ITrainee program 2016: Towards practicality

August 1, 2016

This year saw the renewal of Pronovix’s ITrainee program, open to university students, recent graduates or those seeking a change or new career. Members of the Pronovix Mentoring lab selected four participants, who were then given the chance to learn about web development and observe the Pronovix workflow environment. Our mentors set up the timeline, defined the goals and established the correlating tasks the participants would be undertaking. We used our experience from the previous programs to establish a workflow with tasks that got the most out of the trainees. There were still some challenges that the mentors did not expect, we discuss them below.

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An overview of context-sensitive and embedded help formats

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An overview of context-sensitive and embedded help formats

March 3, 2016

When we tried to learn more about the different types of contextual and embedded help, we found that the definitions, solutions and use cases were scattered and ambiguous. This post is an attempt at collecting and presenting the information from our research in an easier to understand format, so that you can get an overview of your options before you decide on an implementation.

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Being Content Writing Content

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Being Content Writing Content

February 3, 2016

I noticed many similarities between hosting guests and writing blog posts. Think of your favourite site for a moment. Why do you like using it? Why do you keep going back? If two sites offered the same, which one would you prefer? Words such as user-friendly, well-organized, to-the-point, better service might come to mind. In this post I will focus on bloggers. How can you address an audience? How can you write engaging content and earn regular visitors? Some tips and tricks I’ve stumbled upon so far.

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Writing content for the web - part 1: Steve’s experience

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Writing content for the web - part 1: Steve’s experience

December 2, 2015

In the past few months I have been involved in a lot of writing related tasks at work. I have had to write newsletters, blog posts and content for different websites. As I’m a freelance journalist and critic, I thought creating content for the web wouldn’t be so hard. I was wrong. Writing content for the web is a whole other story with different rules compared to journalism.

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Laci

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Laci

November 11, 2015

This year saw the renewal of Pronovix’s ITrainee program open to university students, recent graduates or those seeking a change or new career. Members of the Pronovix Recruitment lab selected three participants, who were then given the chance to learn about web development and observe the Pronovix workflow environment. We ended the program by interviewing our trainees regarding their reasons for joining, their experiences and their overall impression. Read on to learn what Laci had to say.

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Bence

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Bence

October 26, 2015

This year saw the renewal of Pronovix’s ITrainee program open to university students, recent graduates or those seeking a change or new career. Members of the Pronovix Recruitment lab selected three participants, who were then given the chance to learn about web development and observe the Pronovix workflow environment. We ended the program by interviewing our trainees regarding their reasons for joining, their experiences and their overall impression. Read on to learn what Bence had to say.

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Kitti

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ITrainee 2015: Interview with Kitti

October 16, 2015

This year saw the renewal of Pronovix’s ITraining program open to university students, recent graduates or those seeking a change or new career. Members of the Pronovix Recruitment lab selected three participants, who were then given the chance to learn about web development and observe the Pronovix workflow environment. We ended the program by interviewing our trainees regarding their reasons for joining, their experiences and their overall impression. Read on to learn what Kitti had to say.

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Building a comprehensive list of Belgian startup community members

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Building a comprehensive list of Belgian startup community members

August 7, 2015

The Belgian startup scene is a very active ecosystem, that can quickly become overwhelming for entrepreneurs looking for help. That’s why we did a survey to identify as many active players as possible. We started to compile a list to make it possible for startups, no matter of their current development phase, to find useful information about organisations that could help them succeed.

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