A podcast by madewithlove where we hang out with interesting product leaders that found their way (back) to Europe, or have discussions about a variety of topics related to engineering or product management, just between us.
In this episode, we’re not gonna discuss something technical like we usually do, but we’ll talk about remote retreats. Back in October, with madewithlove, we organized our first remote retreat, something we usually do in real life, but it was obviously not possible last year.
Mike Veerman is a software strategist from Belgium. He has tremendous experience in building products and managing engineering teams, and he will enlighten us on how things should be done to get the best results when building software. We'll also talk about a blog article he wrote last year, and that was heavily debated inside madewithlove.
In today's podcast, we're between us again, and we're gonna talk about that famous programming language called PHP. PHP has quite a long history already, and for some reason, it doesn't have a great reputation among some developers who consider it a thing of the past. So, is PHP still a thing? Or to be blunter, is PHP dead? To answer that question, I asked two of the best PHP people I know to join me today: Wouter Sioen and Jonas Drieghe, both software engineers at madewithlove, the latter slowly becoming a regular on this podcast.
In today's podcast, we don't have a guest, only madewithlove employees. We call that "Between Us" sessions and we discuss topics we deal with every day at madewithlove. Today, we're gonna dive into refactoring: what it is, when it should happen, and how it should happen. To talk about that, I'm lucky to have Jonas Drieghe with me, a software engineer at madewithlove, and Dimitri Van Lunter, an engineering manager, to also have a non-technical opinion on this critical, yet very common topic.
Jeremy Le Van is currently VP of Product at Cowboy but is mostly famous for being the co-founder of Sunrise, a calendar application that was acquired by Microsoft in 2015. He made most of his career so far in the USA, spending around 10 years between New York and San Francisco, but now he's back in Europe.
Andreas Creten is the co-founder and CEO of madewithlove, a web application development and technical consulting company based in Leuven, Belgium. Andreas has been working at madewithlove for 11 years and has been the CTO in 22+ companies and counting.