Raising the bar.

Thank you for your interest in this blog and the author. My name is Bart Bakker and as an (aspiring) software craftsman I started this blog in 2012.

The title of this blog ‘Software Craft’ is intended as a reference to the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship. This manifesto is about raising the bar in professional software development. For me this boils down into two main topics. The first is to produce software that not only works now but also works with future changes. We craft this software in close partnership with our customers.

The other is to take part in a community of professionals. Through this blog I share things I learn and things I came to value. Besides this blog I take part in the local community by organizing events that bring programmers together and support them to learn in safe environments. An example of this is that I facilitate a couple of Coderetreats per year.

I’m very passionate about programming languages, building better software, and software development in general. As an advocate for using the right tool for the right job I don’t believe in silver bullets; there are a lot of tools and each solves its own specific set of problems.

That said, I’m currently employed as a programmer with main focus on the Java platform. Many of the articles I write on this blog will be (remotely) related to the Java platform, while some articles will be about other languages and tools.

Let me end with a brief disclaimer that this is my personal blog, which is entirely independent from my employer. My articles and comments are my own and don’t necessary represent my employer’s opinion.

Thank you again for reading this blog and your interest in its background and in me. If you like to get in touch, feel free to do so by emailing me at bart@thesoftwarecraft.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and/or Google+.

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