What papers and books would you consider as must-reads for software engineering researchers, especially for researchers that do qualitative studies? Here is my list of readings that I feel are important, seminal, or fundamental for conducting, communicating, and understanding software engineering research. In my opinion, each one of these provides important aspects.

In the challenging and demanding world of startups, you may find yourself working hard for many hours, feeling busy but actually accomplishing little and barely “moving the needle”. Operations is not about the hours spent, but on how you work and which things you choose to work on. Many people see two dimensions here: Strategy and Execution. For early stage startups, execution is more about speed, while the strategy is about quality. Speed increases your chance of success and gives you more opportunities for learning before you run out of resources.

I really love the Go programming language, it feels like a mix of the best of Java and Python together. But I found that setting a Go development environment can be slightly tricky, mostly in figuring out how to set up the proper path variables. Here, I provide a short guide on how to set up a Go development environment with Sublime Text 3 on Ubuntu/Linux. I hope it saves you (and my future-self) time when installing, updating, or re-installing the development environment.

The Node.js project and its community have undergone major changes in recent years, among which is the forking of the project (and perhaps the community itself). This situation causes confusion for newcomers, who find themselves with compatibility issues and difficulties in setting up a working and up-to-date environment. In this post, I show how to get the recent version of Node.js on a Linux OS in an easy way.

GitHub is on the brink of growing from a platform for software projects, and into a mainstream collaboration platform for other domains as well. An unexpected area where GitHub’s collaborative workflow holds the potential to bring groundbreaking changes is education and learning. In fact, educators have already begun to use GitHub to support teaching and learning. In some cases using it to replace certain aspects of the traditional learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle), while in other cases gaining new benefits and capabilities.