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Javier Salinas

Software Engineer located in Barcelona, interested in Distributed Systems and simple designs using TDD.

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Once again, it has been a while since the last time that I found the motivation and time to write a post. Might be that with the beginning of the new year, usually, comes back the idea to write more posts, let’s see if this year I manage to write more.

2018 is almost over and I am taking a break with the family in the fresh and cold Moscow, hence I had some time to look back on 2018.


  • Accepted the challenge at Zopa. Helping to build the “new online banking” - focus on the Credit Card product.
  • At times, failed as a Lead to the team.
  • Built up a team embracing Extreme Programming practices, making a team up to ten developers who enjoy working pairing.
  • Pushed my self to give a talk at a conference, but I need to improve my delivery at talks.
  • Contributed to open source projects as JGiven and Ratpack. Also, I kept up-to-date LogCapture.
  • Did not find the time to read books.


  • I have seen how the youngest kid made his first year.
  • Moved with the family from London to Barcelona, after 6 amazing years in the UK.
  • I have seen how my oldest child started school in Barcelona and how quickly he adapted to Spanish and Catalan.
  • I did not spend enough time with my family.
  • Once I moved to Barcelona, did not make time to meet some friends.

Looking back, I think it has been a very intense year - personally and professionally. Therefore, I asked myself, what do I expect in 2019?


  • Spend more quality time with the family.
  • Make time to meet the friends.
  • Plan more weekends with the family.
  • Visit @felipefzdz in Canary Island.
  • Have more time to practice Tennis.


  • Deliver one fresh talk in 2019.
  • Write a post every 2 months in the blog.
  • Improve leadership skills, especially around empathy.
  • Deliver to customers the amazing Zopa Credit Card.
  • Keep contributing to open source projects.
  • Read a few technical books again.

I am a bit skeptical about a year retrospective, but this year I have decided to give it a try. Let me know in the comments if you decide to do it.