Bitcraft people show their talent in creating computer games

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Previous weekend was very successful for our office colleagues. From 9th to 10th June our guys participated in a 48-hourly marathon called – Bialjam* 2018. Our co-workers, Maciej Iwaniuk and Szymon Zdanowski with their teams joined the competition, and we want to show their work!   The goal of the event is to popularise the art of creating computer games. Teams consisted of at most 5 members and their task was to create a game which will be connected in any way to randomly chosen topic . This year event’s subject was “Janusze” (in Poland this is an irreverent way to describe stereotypical middle aged polish man, who snoops business everywhere and every day with his son, named Pioter, think how to gain money in any possible, crafty way).   *Bialystok’s Creating Computer Games Competition Maciej Iwaniuk’s team won 2nd place with the“Janusze on OLY”.  Due to the topic, the team decided to make their game simply and comic. “Janusze on OLY” is a game for 2 to 6 players. A little bit about the rules: OLY’s rules are mapping other game named Dobbled. It’s a typical observation game. To play we need one computer to display requests, and every […]

Happy European Breakfast Day!

Happy European Breakfast Day!

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Here, in BitCraft, we know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we don’t forget about it even if we need to rush to work every morning. Since today is the European Breakfast Day we’ve decided to prepare a group breakfast in our office kitchen, for those forgetful and the ones who love breakfast so much that they can eat it even twice a day 🙂 Statistically, on our polish tables, the dishes that appear most frequently are  sandwiches, scrambled eggs and sausages. Today, however, we’ve had the opportunity to taste other European breakfast dishes. We could choose croissants which is one of the favourites at french breakfast called petit déjeuner ; sandwiches with fresh bread, butter, various kinds of cured meat or jam like at german Frühstück or pick swedish frukost and taste crisp bread with mayo and various vegetables. There was also the Mediterranean accent – italian grossini, tomatoes with mozzarella and basil -which has matched our tastes perfectly. Did you know, that the world’s first breakfast cereal was created in 1863 and needed soaking overnight to be chewable? Luckily on our table there were only modern corn flakes, cereals and muesli with fruits […]

Switch to dagger

Why and how you should switch to Dagger 2.12+? By Gabriel Samojło

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Dependency Injection is good. Yeah, we all know it. And yes, we were using it for a while. But were we using it correctly? Was it easy? Uhm. It depends. But one thing is sure: now it’s better. Just to make it clear: it’s not a Dagger tutorial. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend for you to read a bit, as it’s great and you definitely should learn Dagger and start using it in your projects. Okay. So what’s the deal with this all-new Dagger? Well… it came with Android support. As you know, Dagger is Java library, not the Android one. So all the stuff we were doing with Dagger was pure Java Dependency Injection. But was it wrong? Why it is a problem? It’s simple — many of Android framework classes are instantiated by Android itself so we had to perform injection inside of lifecycle methods. By that, we were copy-pasting pretty long builders into our onCreate() methods. I guess you know that: ((MyApplication) getApplication()) .getAppComponent() .build() .inject(this); Pretty scary, right? It’s really not how dependency injection should look like. It obviously breaks one of the most important rules of it: “A class shouldn’t know anything about […]

Creating Better Future in Barcelona

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It’s time to meet 108,000+ attendees, see 2,300+ exhibitors and talk to people from more than 200 countries. What an event this will be. Mobile World Congress is starting on the 26th February. We will be there to listen to industry leaders and network with all those amazing personalities. MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital in beautiful Barcelona. We have already booked 20+ meetings from 26th Feb – 1st Mar, but there’s always room for more. Drop us a line and let’s meet where future happens! See you in Barcelona

Award for being a learning company

Bitcraft is constantly learning

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We strongly believe that you learn your whole life. This is why BitCraft puts a strong emphasis on self-improvement and education. Hence, we are pleased to inform that we were awarded in the “The Learning Organization 2017”, competition organized by the Voivodship Labor Office, Bialystok University of Technology and Gazeta Wspolczesna. We are among the very best employers in Podlasie province concentrating efforts over the principles of organizational learning. Bitcraft has been recognized for investing in the development of its employees and providing continuous learning opportunities. Through a series of activities such as continuous staff training, stand-ups, presentations, hackathons, mentoring, onboarding of new employees, daily supervision of juniors by seniors, we are a company where the development of each employee competences is our company value and the most valuable asset. Congratulations to the whole BitCraft team! Learn more about the event: The gate of Podlasie: https://goo.gl/U8vQjc

SiemApp Everyone!

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Haven’t heard from your friends for a while? They’re not responding to your messages. A quick “Sup” should do the trick 🙂 SiemApp is a small social network which allows you to poke your friends. Apart from big web and mobile applications which makes our users’ lives easier, from time to time we like to create something small and plain cool. SiemApp is a simple Android application which allows you to send a one-word audio shout “siema” (means ‘sup in polish) to your friends from your contacts list. The application had its beginning during one of many Hackathon meetings and had been continuously developed as our internal project. We’ve been testing it for some time by sending “Sups” in free time and now we’d like to share this cool app with you! Download the application here: https://goo.gl/EN11TT Some technicalities: Android versions supported: 4.4.2 and newer language: Java only 3rd party libs used: ButterKnife Dagger2 Retrofit2 Lombok EventBus GSON JodaTime HockeyApp Google Analytics Google Cloud Messaging MaterialDrawer (https://github.com/mikepenz/MaterialDrawer) MaterialDialogs (https://github.com/afollestad/material-dialogs) MaterialEditText (https://github.com/rengwuxian/MaterialEditText) ExpandableLayout (https://github.com/cachapa/ExpandableLayout) SwipeLayout (https://github.com/daimajia/AndroidSwipeLayout) RecyclerView Animators (https://github.com/wasabeef/recyclerview-animators) KeyboardDismisser (https://github.com/GabrielSamojlo/keyboard-dismisser)  

Timecto

Timecto – to save your time

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In IT community a lot of us use Jira, that’s for sure. We all have to log our time and go through tasks. It takes some time and most of the time it’s troublesome. We know that. And we have built a solution. Timecto is a free Android mobile app created here at BitCraft to help Jira users manage and control their worklogs. With Timecto you are able to search and browse tasks, log your work time to these tasks, check work statistics on a bar chart or set your own reminders for work logging. The application also allows you to check tasks’ details and pick these as favorites to have them close at hand. We’ve created an application that’s simple and helpful. Also it is created using Kotlin which is the hottest trend in Android development right now. Timecto is available on Google Play and we encourage you to try it! It’s free and we hope you’ll love it. Don’t hesitate to send us some feedback! Get it now: https://goo.gl/w7HiJm Important note! If you’d like to use statistics, you will need to install one additional plugin for your Jira. But don’t be afraid, that’s easy 🙂 . You will […]

Join us in beautiful Lisbon!

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Hi there! We’re excited to announce that Bitcraft will participate in WebSummit – Lisbon 2017! WebSummit starts on 6.11 and ends on 9.11. The event is taking place in the Altice Arena (formerly known as MEO Arena) in Lisbon, Portugal. Few words about WebSummit – ”An unrivalled global meeting place for the world’s most disruptive technology companies and those interested in how that disruption can transform their businesses and their lives.” In it’s relatively short history – since 2010, event has become Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace” It has grown from 400 to more than 50.000 attendees from at least 150 countries. It is said that no other technology conference has ever grown so large in such a short period of time. Web Summit 2017 in numbers: 5 days Conference with over 60.000 participants, 1000+ speakers and over 2.200 journalists from 160+ countries! 26 separate conferences, so many opportunities to  learn new things and meet incredible, innovative people. After all, It’s the largest gathering of CEOs in the world! Apart from the conferences, there are events organized specially for networking like  Sunset Summit, Pub Crawl 🙂 or RoundTables. Other events like Workshops, Mentor Hours are to guide startups […]

Bitcraft Family!

Bitcraft’s Third Birthday!

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Amazing three years! During the last weekend of September we’ve been celebrating our 3rd birthday, Yeah it’s been three years already! Three years of drinking hectolitres of coffee, writing amazing code and meeting awesome people, one would think – how to celebrate that? Well – here’s our way.   Our BitCraft family have stayed the whole weekend in a beautiful surroundings of Mazovian district’s wild nature. We’ve explored the wonderful neighbourhood traveling by kayaks and relaxed in our hotel’s SPA.   I believe the most fun we’ve had was with “Gigantic Foosball” Tournament! We had 6 teams: Prezesi (en: the CEOs), Mocni w Gębie (en: the all talks), WTF (en: self explanatory 🙂 ), Pokemony (en: the pokemons), Szmaty (en: the second-hands) and 404 (en: yeah, we’re that much geek); each team consisted of 5 people. Each match lasted 10minutes. In the grand finale the WTF team crushed Prezesi 8:4! The winning team included our CEO and Vice President – coincidence? 😉   During the official part with presentation our last year have been summarised. So, what’s changed?   In a year we’ve grown as a team and as a company. Since Sales department have been established we’ve managed to […]