Sander van den Oever

Sander van den Oever
Computer Science student

Track: Software Technology
Interests: Software (Web) Engineering
Occupation: PHP Developer

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Thesis, thesis and more thesis

Hi everyone! It has been a while since my last update, so let me tell you what I’ve been working on since my last blog. In my last blog I told you that I was done with my last course and that I had finally started working on the very last item on the to-do list; my thesis. So far I did not make as much progress as I had expected (-whoops-) but it has been fun anyway! šŸ™‚

Security and Cryptography; the last course

So the results of the exam on Security & Cryptography arrived a few weeks after making the exam, sadly I didn’t pass. Which meant I had to do the resit in Q2. Meanwhile also those results have been announced and this time I passed. šŸ™‚ So, no more exams! -yeay-!

Thesis update

After Q1 I started working full-time in Amsterdam to work on my thesis. Or well, that was the intention. I got caught up in development a bit too much. Development is also really nice, but of course I didn’t make any real progress. Instead of reading papers I would quickly fix some ‘small’ bugs. At some point I started noticing the time I had spent on development vs. reading literature. Then I decided to lower the amount of hours I would spend on development in order to focus on the actual thesis. So let me give you a quick summary of what IĀ have been doing for my thesis.

First, I wanted to make sure that I would document all papers I had read; I did not want to end up in a situation where I had to find back a paper because I remember the contents, but not what paper it is in. So I started out with Mendeley. It’s actually a nice service, I can keep a list of all my papers, search for publication details, export to BibTeX format, attach the paper PDF versions, etc. I like to print the papers (on actual paper) such that I can use a highlighter to mark important sections or make notes. I’m researching how I can get the new developers at bunq more efficient in less time, or more generically; how to shorten the onboarding time for developers in an existing project. I will try to do this using traceability information; linking code to documentation and by creating some visualisations. It’s not really set in stone yet, but at least that is what I’ve been reading about. Last week I had a couple of interviews with junior developers at bunq, to interview them about their experiences back in their first days. Right now I’m writing the transcripts of those conversations and I’m trying to see what commonalities there are.

I received my first batch of feedback already, so I processed that as well. I started writing as early as possible to get some early feedback. This was actually advised by my supervisor and so far it works out well. After the next feedback I think I’m almost ready to proceed with some implementation work.

Another day at bunq HQ

Another day at bunq HQ

Spring break

In Delft we have one week without exams, lectures or whatsoever. It’s right between Q2 and Q3; an ideal moment to run away for a short holiday. I went to Gran Canaria (Spain) for some hiking there. Really amazing island. At first I stayed in the northern part of the island in Las Palmas and halfway the week I moved to the southern part near Maspalomas. Although the weather was ‘average’, it was a really nice break from Delft.

La Isleta, Gran Canaria

La Isleta, Gran Canaria

La Isleta, Gran Canaria

La Isleta, Gran Canaria

See ya!

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