Fundamentally Changing How We Develop Software

In this episode, I talk to Tudor Gîrba, CEO and co-founder of Feenk, a software consultancy.

We also talk about:
  • how reading code slows down software productivity,
  • building developer tools,
  • starting your own software company,
  • transitioning from consultancy to product company,
  • and applied research.
Tudor Gîrba
About Tudor Gîrba
Tudor Gîrba, is the CEO and co-founder of Feenk, a software consultancy. Over the last 10 years, Tudor researched new ways to develop software – called moldable development.
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( intro music ) Michaela:: [00:00:00] Hello, and welcome to the software engineering unlocked podcast. I'm your host, dr. McKayla. Before we start, I want to update you a little bit on my current project. As you know, I'm giving code review workshops, and I also working with engineering teams that want to increase their engineering rigor and productivity. Over the next few weeks, I'm still super busy, working with a few large corporations, but I'm planning on dedicating August and September posted to making progress on my code review book. Also, I started to tinker with the idea of building a developer tooling for some of the common problems I see, when working with different teams. Well, If there were only more than 24 hours within a day, right. If I start, I will let you know. For now, if you want to work with me, have a look at my website: But now back to today's episode. Today, I have the peasure to talk to Tudor Girba, the CEO and co-founder feenk, a consultancy company. Tudor was once an academic, but after his postdoc, he set out to bring his ideas to life and started working on visualizing and modeling complex software systems. Since 2009, Tudor works on an idea that is called moldable development. And with his amazing team, he developed a tool called glamorous toolkit. So I'm super happy to talk with him about his entrepreneurial journey and what he learned along this way. Tudor, welcome to my show,

Tudor:: [00:01:22] Well, thanks for having me.

Michaela:: [00:01:24] Yeah, I'm really excited. So Tudor, let me know, how, how did you go from this PhD idea and academic idea and probably, but also then the wish to become a professor, and now you're working in industry, you're having a consultancy company and you're now developing this tool. How, how has that happened? Yeah,

Tudor:: [00:01:48] so. Yeah, I did my PhD and postdoc and around 2009, I have this idea that we might be doing something wrong when it comes to how developers read code. I think when like this, I was writing a paper and like in this field, most papers start with this sentence that developers spend most of the time reading code, but then they realize that one of the oldest references in this space beats back to around 1979. So my question was, what did we do for 30 years? Is it possible that the way we are researching, the way we are looking at this problem is fundamentally wrong?. And so that's when first I created this method, which is called humane assessment and it starts from the idea that I looked at, why developers read code and developers read code, because they want to understand enough to make the decision. So they don't read code like you would read, I don't know, a Harry Potter book or, um, or a textbook in physics. It's, you're reading really differently. You're reading it with the, or most of the time developers read it with the specific intent of figuring out what to do next. And that's called decision-making. Now, given that developers spend most of their time doing that, then perhaps we should stop looking at software engineering as being primarily at the construction business and moral decision making business. And, you know, when you, when you're changing your perspective from how you look at the problems you uncover complete new areas that have not really properly been explored. So what's humane assessment was at the beginning, was a systematic method for technical decision making, and essentially nowadays we would say that every single development problem includes a tiny data science problem inside. And the way you tackle data science problems is by creating, not by reading, but by creating tools through which you extract the information that you want for your decision making out of data and everything around systems is data including source code and log files and configuration files and everything else. So... why should it not be applicable to take all the lessons from data science and then apply them to the software development. Now, of course, 10 years ago, this was not so obvious data science was not a big thing at the time, but in the meantime it is. So this is where it all started. It started from that idea. And now the only problem here is that these tools, they all start from the problem, not from the data. So you like, you cannot construct the tool when you don't know what tool you're going to need before you'd have the question. And now on the other hand in software, software it's the most contextual thing we've ever created this as human species. And as a consequence, we cannot predict the specific problems people were having. We can predict classes of problems, but not specific problems. And as a consequence, um, we can't give them clicking thoughts, because clicking tools bake the problem in the button, in the thing you click on and they're, they're too rigid and they solve somebody else's problem, not your problem. That's why people fall back to the most manual possible way of doing things, which is reading because reading is highly malleable. You can, you can apply it to anything. The only problem with it is it's horribly slow and it's highly inaccurate. And so that, that has to be, that has to be completely changed. And the fascinating thing is. So I basically went around over the last decade. I probably talked with, I don't know, perhaps more than 5,000 developers, more than 3,000, just over the last few years. And I asked them, do you agree that you spent this 50% of more of your time reading code and they say yes. And then I asked them, so when was the last time you talked about how you read code? So not about the code that you read, but about how you do the reading. And it turns out this is not a subject of conversation. It's like, it's very, very, like very often received like awkward. Like this is a strange question, but it shouldn't be a strange question because 50% or more means this is the single largest expense, which is nothing larger than that. Right. And we are spending the largest chunk of our budget on one single activity about which nobody talks that doesn't make any business sense. You know, every time you're going to, if you, if you want to optimize performance of a system, you're going to look and find the largest expense, the largest place, which consumes whatever resources and, and that has never been optimized because that's Probably where you can gain the largest increase. And that's what good reading is in software development. Nobody talks about it. It's the largest expense. People are still looking for finding, you know, the significant advances
in productivity and we think that this is the one. So I spent the last 10 years studying or researching this one and building various kinds of solutions for this space. And along the way, I didn't do it alone. So I'm blessed to work with an amazing team. I've seen it's quite a long time and many of them are researchers and we think of risk. Like we are a consulting company thing, but we are organizing internally as a research lab. So essentially everyone can do whatever they want to do, and we are building something together and, because you see, when we set up to, to reinvent a thing that was obvious for a long time, but has never changed for a long time. And to change that, like, there is no charter territory there. It's not like we are applying formula because this is a new thing. Like we don't know, we didn't know at the beginning how it would look like we just had the good idea. We had the experiments for it, but we didn't really know how this would work out. Would it be practical? Is it scalable to all sorts of different problems? Will it work for many languages? and so on. So in that space, you don't know, like we don't follow a plan. So it's much more interesting to discover and create something new. And that case a tub down follow the plan. Proach is not, is not suitable. And we also think that in fact, software it's almost never in that situation, we think the software is created not implemented. And so perhaps we should look at software the way we creating software slightly differently, too.
Michaela:: [00:08:36] Yeah, I like this perspective also on, you know, nobody actually talks about one of those aspects that we are spending so much time on. So I'm, I'm dedicating my time to looking at code reviewing and activity of code reviewing, which, you know, a part, a large part of it is again, reading code and I looked at that because when I was looking at Microsoft, I saw that, you know, engineers also spent a significant amount of time on code review, but nobody, as you said, nobody talks really about how are we doing that You know, it's like, it's supposed to, we know it, right. So we are opening up the coat, the editor or whatever, and we're looking at reading code and that's it. Right. So how hard can it be? And I think it's a very, very similar problem. So I love that you're looking at that as well. And so you said it's human assessment method, right? So you're started, I'm imagining, like you're doing your PhD. I don't know how practical it was, but a lot of time you're having like little prototypes, maybe some theories, and then you're getting, and having this assessment method, which is, it's not really a tool. How did you bridge this gap from, you know, from this, well, it's now a theory, it's a methodology and now I'm developing a tool, but you also hinted a little bit to it, but I'm not sure. As you said, like I developed many different smaller methods or tools. So what happened on this exploration a way within this 10 years? Tudor:: [00:10:02] Right. Okay. So first, just about the tiny bit of other code reading part. So just to see how far do we go not exploring something. So by the way, the reason I very much am very happy that I'm on this podcast today is exactly because there are not that many places today, which talk about what do people do when they already have a system. So this is one of those highly recommended. And anyway, so that's why I'm happy to be here. But just to say, like, how far does it, you know, like these, these implicitness go, where do people read code? Cause you just said it, right. It's an editor. Editor. It was, I mean, it was not a tool that was meant for this. We happen to pram that activity on top of it. We can talk about that one, but, but the nature of our tools, the nature of our tools highly influenced the way we think about the nature of the problem, especially in the digital space. And this goes all the way from Marshall McLuhan and is his theory on how the medium is the message and how the doors that we create together end up shaping the way we think. So. Yeah. That's why we are thinking that now we are very much convinced that the tools in software engineering, there are not just some nice to have optimizations. But they are essential. And then we should be very careful with the characteristics of the tools that we expose ourselves to, because they're going to shape the way we are going to think about our systems. But coming back to your, coming back to your, to your questions, how do we. Yeah. How did we come about building the tool? So during my PhD, in fact, I started to work. I, you know, so I did my PhD at the university of Bern with two professors. Once they found a cousin or Spanish stress, and this was a group that was highly into software engineering and where there was a culture of creating infrastructures. So one of them, the infrastructure that we created or the largest one was called moose. The project is still active and with And that's probably one of the largest software analysis platforms that there was, it started in 1996 and it's still going on, probably supported about a hundred PhD or something like that. And I was, I basically was the main architect of that one for about 15 years or something. So it all at all times when, whenever we were writing a paper, we always had a tool that supported that paper. And that was integrated into a larger platform that we were. Creating basically at the same time. So the idea that, so this, this intertwining between an idea and the tool, I was lucky enough to be exposed to it during the PhD. I would very much encourage any, anyone doing software engineering research to, to incorporate this in their research. And so the more difficult let's say the more difficult part was generalizing the little things that you see, 'Cause whenever you're doing research, if you're taking one problem at a time, usually, and even if it's an ambitious research, it's still bounded by funding or the things that are still attainable, you know, during the research research environment where engineering is still not yet seen as a major or as a meaningful contribution to research. So the bigger leap was taking going from there to having this idea that, okay... What if the way we're doing the development is fundamentally flawed because we haven't looked at the path of 50% of the problem for the last 50 years, not systematically and specifically not an industry that was the bigger leap. And so going from the practical things to, to the method was what I found more challenging or yeah. Or the formulating a larger thesis. So what happened basically was that in order for us to, you know, in a research environment, you really don't have a lot of engineering effort. So we had to build this Meta tooling. And we found that by building these meta tools allowed us to basically create papers faster because we could just say, Oh, let's tackle that problem. Let's tackle that problem. But if I can already build on top of things that already exist, I can do the experiments much faster. So, and then I started to do some consulting during my postdoc, and then I realized that Because I thought you look, we're building all these interesting tools and visualizations and others like that. And so let's go in and industry and see what kind of things they need. And the original idea was what kind of a magic button do I do? We provide the industry, so that they, you know, their life becomes instantaneously better. And then we took the first problem. And then the second problem, then a third problem. And the only repeatable thing was that it wasn't repeatable. The only repeatable thing was that we always have to tweak our tools to be, to have any chance of being meaningful. And so that's basically what led to originally the humane assessment and now we have generalized it because over the last 10 years we created this new project, which is called glamorous toolkit. And yes, now we are close. We already shipped the first version about six years ago. And with that, we, we validated that indeed we can fundamentally affect how we read code or how we understand our systems and the way we do it is we literally create for every single individual problem in development. We don't just create the code. We don't just create the tests and the code. We create the code, the test and the tool with which we read the code, review the code, and that can apply. It is applicable to how do I view an object, like from a single individual object and it is economically viable. That was a difficult thing. So how do you make this whole thing economically viable so that you reconstruct tools for every single individual development problem? And so now knowing half that. So, and then once we knew that this is possible, then we set up to create what we now call glamorous toolkit. And this is still an alpha version pose to be a better version, like you said, and this is based on a complete new graphical stack, a whole new set of engines it's available for analyzing, or if you can, it can literally be applied to many different situations, the both from a static analysis perspective, but also nowadays also for development purposes. Michaela:: [00:17:01] Yeah. So I, I actually know, uh, the research group very well that you worked on. And I think I read a couple of papers or had, you know, similar, you know, relatable ideas where I referenced your work and things like that. So I was also very fortunate to be in a group that build tools as part of the research. Right. And so I, I totally understand this perspective, but what I found and maybe that's the bigger picture that you were talking about. So I was also, you know, working on this little problem over there and this problem over there, and even though they are connected, it wouldn't be something that I would say, well, this is now a toolkit, a whole toolkit. Right. So what I would like to understand a little bit more is how did you go from, you know, having those different little experiments this little tools that are helping to having this, this universal idea of, you know, this is how we should do it. And I mean, 10 years is a long time. Right. So I guess there were probably parts where you went in one direction and thought this is the right one. You had to backtrack and, you know, take a different path and things like that. So how did you, how did you plan that? Or was it very exploratory the whole way through?. Tudor:: [00:18:20] Oh, definitely exploratory. I don't know how people can plan that. They can probably say it in retrospect that it made perfect sense, but in our case, it was not like that. So it was, it became immediately apparent that there is merit to the thesis, that there is merit to this idea that through custom tools we can affect how people reason about systems. And originally the first use case is the first set of use cases was this idea of software assessment. So not about how people write the code, we were not talking about that. We just about how do you, you know, simple problems, not simple problems, but problems Like how do you, uh, do agile architecture? How do you steer agile architecture? Cause like, everybody talks about it, but like, how you do it in practice. And, and then there were things, even simple things like this, like very often I go to conferences and, uh, I ask, I get to talk with lots of architects and I asked them, so do you raise your hand if you have a picture about your system and everybody raises their hand because you know, that's what an architect does. And then I asked them, so keep your hand up. If you can bet your salary, that the picture is one of the presenters accurate and everybody puts their hand down. And so, and so the reason we create those pictures is because we want to make decisions, but when the picture is not real, what chances did the decisions? What chances do we have to make the right decisions? So these, this was the set of problems that we basically focus on for the first, I don't know, six, seven, eight years. And that's one that's where like, this is where it consulting. They happened. And then, uh, actually, yeah, I took a job cause I realized, Hmm. As a consultant, I can just come in and then say something, but I don't have to live with the consequences of my actions. So then I said, well, in order to validate these diseases, I should take a job in the crappiest system that I can find around, like around my area. So I did it. I, and I, I led the development team there for three and a half years. And my main purpose was this was like a terrible piece of technology, like really, really bad, 20 years old, but there's not the, not the agent is the problem, but like, Just a pile of things put on top of each other. And my main purpose there was to my main metric for my team was how many, how many smiles does the team emit per day? You see? Because like, if unhappy, unhappy developers are not likely to create happy solutions. So, and a lot of, I mean, development is supposed to be the most. The coolest job on the planet. It's super highly paid. There is no dangers involved. It's super flexible. Like, I mean, just think of this during this time now. Right? Like there were so many people in the world that got upset with all the, with all the disruption in the economy and, and developers probably are the least. The least effective group of them. They can still continue to create value, they can still continue to generate income. And it's really, really comfortable. Like if you, if you look at it in comparison with everything else, so we should be the happiest group of people. And yet we are not, developers are not happy. Uh, they don't smile on a daily basis and they definitely don't smile the, every, anytime they hear the word legacy and that's a terrible thing, you know, that that's just doesn't, it doesn't fit right. I mean, so something must be really, really wrong. And so, anyway, that was my measure. How many times the developers smile in the presence of that by all objective measures, crappy piece of code. And I, and we could do that. We could literally smile on a daily basis. And still get that system to continue to live and then generate value. So, anyway, so that was one of the, that, and then afterwards, we started the company and to maybe make this idea a little bit more accessible to everyone, because whenever you're doing research, you have your own results, You can disseminate them into research papers, but then who's going to read those is if you want to effect reality, you have to make it real. And so we created fake as a vehicle to create that reality, that's the reason. Michaela:: [00:22:47] So what reminds me your whole tool and your perspective reminds me of the talk that I had with Jerry D major about observability. So her company is providing a software that helps you understand runtime systems, right? And so instead of, you know, monitoring your observing, and also your, it has a lot to do with visualizing data and, you know, Helping people to understand what's actually going on before there is something going terribly wrong. Have you looked into observability a little bit? And do you think it's somehow related? I mean, it's, yours is more in the creation of the software and there is the runtime behavior, or are there overlaps between the two areas? Tudor:: [00:23:29] Yeah, we have looked at it. And nowadays we, we created the concept of multiple development, which is about how do we embed all these lessons about how do we reason about the system and not having a side problem, but have it, the first problem that development focuses on. So it's not something that is side it's good to have, but it's the first thing we don't start from the editor because ideally you should edit after you understand, not before. So once you, when you turn this whole workflow upside down, then observability is one part of this. So, yeah, it is an important thing,it has an economical value to just focus on that and insert it into the way currently developers work. But from our perspective, multiple development or observability is just one thing that you would not naturally do when you practice moldable development. It's not just about static thing. It's not about dynamic thing. We look at the system as a whole. Everything about your system is data. Your API is a data source stories, data, your logs are data. Everything is data, and every data is handleable through tools and a tool must match the question, not to the problem. And that's exactly what they have found from through their observability, from there, from just looking at the wrong times. And whenever you need to reason about how the system works. Yes, you have the question you might not necessarily know. You might not necessarily know the question upfront, but you do want to have the probes inside the classes of questions you will know. So there's this combination between that we can predict classes. So then you can create the infrastructure for being prepared for a class of problem, but you don't know the specific problem and that you probably want to. And that's something that you have to adapt after you have the question. So anyway, that's the relationship; there is indeed a significant overlap and those two problems, they came from different from different perspectives.

Michaela:: [00:25:36] Yeah, sounds really interesting. So I saw on your website and there's like a little bit, the timeline that I'm in 2015, I think was created. Right? So this was somehow when you started your consultancy company and you actually co-founded it with your wife. How does that come about? Is she also a software engineer? She's a researcher. How, how did you decide on, you know, creating your own company with your partner? Tudor:: [00:26:01] Yes. So she's not a software engineer, she has an MBA. And so she comes from an economical and marketing perspective and I think would have probably not existed if you were not for her. And because, you know, I don't know, like creating something is not necessarily a synonym with making it or with running a company or so, so without that push. Yeah, we probably would have not started. So she made it possible. And so then we started, Michaela:: [00:26:40] so somehow you are doing your postdoc at that time. I don't know exactly the timeframe. And then she drags you out of this research idea environment then says you have too much to give to the world. Let's start a company. Tudor:: [00:26:54] No. So I finished my postdoc in 2009 and then did consulting and then was leading this development in this other company. And then the jump was to stop that relying you're on a more secure income and then go and take a leap. That was the, that was the push. Michaela:: [00:27:16] Okay. So because when I started, so I did my PhD and then I went to Microsoft and now that I'm self employed, for me this was, I mean, probably still is a big deal. Right? It's a very different mindset. It's a very different, it's also different, the skills that you have to have, a different perspective also. A lot of things. So when I was doing my PhD, A lot of things are about understanding, but not, not voicing your opinion so much. Right. You're just voicing data and analysis results that you're seeing. And then even though you have this data, right, you're still like very, you're trying to be very neutral. Like not interpret too much right there. Yeah. Maybe one part is also how papers are structured. Right. Do you have, like, you have the introduction, some surrounding, then you have the experimenting, then you have like just the data and then you have it small part of interpretation and don't lean yourself to buy it made out of the window. And I feel that I feel actually this is somehow it lost a little bit because there's so much knowledge and so much wisdom. I call it wisdom in the academic community. But we are trained not to voice it, not to say it, you know, don't say what you know now, now you're saying, well, everything, I saw everything that the data says, and then there is my gut feeling, you know, and first we tried to rationalize and go away and don't be biased by whatever gut feeling you have, even though it's not possible. Right. But we train ourselves to be, you. Very far from that, at least this is my experience. And so now I try to go the other way around too. You say, well, I learned so much, I saw so much and now what is my opinion on that? You know, and really try to develop this opinion and stake in it. It's an opinion that, you know, based on what I saw and what I heard, this is what I think. And then new data can invalidate that again, you know? So it's not something that you develop and then it's like made out of stone and it cannot move any more. But I think it's important to have one. And so I see that this is somehow something that I'm, that I have to work on actively work on to, to be better at, because industry needs it. They need people with opinions and who better to have opinions that people that saw a lot and learned a lot and under, yeah. Investigated a lot. What do you think about this? Tudor:: [00:29:40] Yeah, I definitely agree. At the same time. We also have to, like, we, it's very important to have opinions. But at the same time, it is important to not become religious about them. Um, and this is a hard, it's a hard thing to, to navigate, especially when you have a vested interest for your idea to be right. So when I, when you're like, we have a company and it is so the validity of the company, and then the fact that the company can run depends on whether or not, we can convince customers that our ideas are right. But if the ideas are not right and then like, it's a contradiction, right? So, and it's a fragile line to travel. And one thing that we always look at is. We're looking to we're a consulting company. So we, that means that we earn money by going into real life projects, or maybe people have legacy systems that they don't know what to do with them. They need to make strategies, decisions. How do they migrate this? How do they split it into whatever microservices or so, which is. Not often a useful thing, but, or, and if, once they do make that decision migrating from some mainframe to some new language, and once they do make the decision, how do they navigate that, that time when they still have to construct new features, but they still have to fundamentally perform deep structural surgery. So that's one of those kinds of scenarios. And. So, what is interesting there for us from our perspective is that we created the company such that every single commercial project we take on, also acts as a validation for our thesis. So we only, we would try to pretty much, we are only adding value through the tools that we built. And there's two reasons for that. One is that the tools. So we think that we creating these tools because we want to be much faster than the team that has created the system in the first place. So we want to be faster at giving them advice about their own system. Then the team that actually created the system. And, but on the other hand, this also acts as a validation. So we are saying that software assessment or this idea of multiple development is pervasive. It is applicable in every single situation about software development. And the only way to validate that is to put yourself in ridiculous positions and then, see how it applies there. Cause there's no other, I don't think there's any other way. Michaela:: [00:32:32] I think it's the best way Tudor:: [00:32:33] to validate. And so what this means now is that we literally see, we were, we look at our consulting is pretty much being applied research. Because it has this, well, do all the parts. I'm the one who we have to print immediate value. On the other hand, we always look at how did we instantiate whatever we wanted to, or whatever concepts we had. So that specific case. And how did that, that specific case influence the overall theory and when it became stable enough, that's when then we say, okay, now we have, we start to have something. So, but there is a tension there. Because we were very likely biased cause that, so we are saying now multiple development is a new way of programming. I really believe that now. Although I shiver every time I say that because it's a big claim and then the validation is still highly biased because we are pretty much the main per people that have validated it. So until it's going to be validated by many other people, any other, the contexts of that claim will still just be just the claim. But now at least we are confident. This is like that. And we will, we are hoping to see if others may be will, will invalidate it, or maybe they will do something else with it. But anyway, just wanted to say that there's a tension between this. I do think that people should have opinions. I do think that people should go and try them because after engineering is an empirical science and, and there is no, I don't think there's a one the way to get feedback without seeing it in practice. But at the same time, we have to be careful, maybe not to get too stuck with it. If something else comes along. Michaela:: [00:34:18] Yeah, sure, sure. I think there are, there are a couple of things. So that came to my mind when you were talking, the first one is there's this sayin and it's as strong opinions loosely held, right? Which I, I think off quite often. And, but also your way that you're describing is exactly it resonates so much with me because when I moved from academia to Microsoft, for example, one of the things that make me really happy is that there was this so what question in the room? Right? So this was the first thing that they ask. So what, you know, First, it was like, Oh, I can visualize this data in that way. Or I can, you know, look at this system with this wonderful graph. Right. But there's huge. And you know, you cannot look parse it instead. The only question is, so what, so what, so what are we, you know, are we saving time with that? I be saving money with that. Are we making people happier? You know, what is the impact that you have. And the other way around is, so now that I'm, I think it's even a step further, or maybe it's also, you know, just growing, you know, it's, it's having this opinion. When people ask you about something that you are not a hundred percent sure. Maybe that's the thing that makes me very are made me very, very uncomfortable for a long time. Right. People ask me, so should I do a or B. And I know that I don't have the answer for it. Right. But I also know there is no other person that has the answer and maybe I know the most about it in the whole room or, you know, in, in whatever in the team now. So actually it's my responsibility to say something about it. I cannot just say, you know, I don't know, even though I don't have the full data, we never, you know, know everything. So. Even though we don't have every, you know, thing answered. And also I'm writing a book now, right. I'm writing a book about Cody Rees and then writing it together with a very good friend of mine and a wonderful researcher. And we are also, we are trying to, you know, provide answers and we have a lot of data in there, you know, research to back that up. But there are holes everywhere right there. And it's like, so should we say nothing about it? And now we should say something because we have a lot of knowledge. That's also very valuable, but we should make probably make it clear that, you know, there is research that says A and there's receptor since B, and this is our interpretation. So I think again, if you didn't make an interpretation, um, and you clearly stated as that, and this becomes really, really valuable, even though it's not the truth, right. It's, it's just, it's your interpretation at that point. And it can change with, with new information that comes along. Anyway, I rambled too much, but it's interesting. It's an interesting conversation with you. And so, because we are, we are running a little bit out of time. One of the things that I want to ask you is, so now you have this tool, right? And it's actually open source and people can download it. Right. You can play around with it. Is that not true? And so what, what, what's your, what's your Idea about this tool. And then also from a, from a company perspective, from a business perspective, how, how does that, you know, open source tool fuel your company and why you're doing that? Tudor:: [00:37:34] So our business is a consult is consulting or that's our main business, bootstrapping and we're self-funded, which means that. Our goal is to aim and build things for the long run without necessarily being concerned with whether or not it does well on the market. We're targeting an idea we're targeting to build a completely different kind of an experience. That will lead people to think differently. And, uh, so there's, this duality gives us that a little bit that space. So we're making the tool free and open source because of two reasons. First is, uh, wishing that we want people to experiment with what multiple development means as, as immediately as possible without friction. And the second one is that moldable development is applicable at all levels of abstractions, including at how the tool is created. And so the tool itself is a case study for how moldable development was made or works in practice. And it's a significant case study. And we think that I shouldn't have access to everything on their stack. There shouldn't be no black box for a developer. It's enough to developers create black boxes that they put out in the, in the open. And I think that's wrong too. So at least this one should not be such a black box and then people should not be afraid the thinker with their own tools just because of licenses differently. So that's the premise. Oh, why we're doing that. Michaela:: [00:39:10] And so that it's actually because of that, very often people start with a consultancy business. And as you said, based on what they see in practice, they get a very good idea of, you know, what is evaluable tool idea, for example. And then they very often transition away from this consultancy company into a product company. That's not what you have in mind right now. So you would still like to stay as a consultancy company?. Tudor:: [00:39:35] So we do have that in mind. It's just not going to be the, the idea that it's the product, but this ID is free and it is free and open source under an MIT license. So anybody can do what they want with it. But there are so many, we are dislocating. I mean, 50% of the software development budget is a huge economical value. If we can improve on that. And we think we can improve on that. Maybe to an order up to an order of magnitude. If we can improve on that, like this, there's a huge amount of value that is being left in the open, and then the people can make other, there are other kinds of, there are other kinds of things that people can sell on top of that, if that's the, if that's the concern. So yeah, this is how we, this is how we are seeing it, we think that there's going to be a lot of opportunities on top. Created on top of it. Like if you think of, for example, just look at the way we look at multiple development. Like it's like this first we have code. Then we had tests as code. Then we have infrastructure as code. Now we're going to have tools as code each one of those, each one of those steps, their Cisco infrastructure has created whole new economies on top of them. That's what we think this is where we think the value is. Michaela:: [00:40:57] And that sounds very cool. Cool. So I have one last question for you. It's about code review, because I know that you're doing code reviews a little bit different in your organization, and you're also thinking about them a little bit different. It's again, you're not reading the code, but instead, what are you doing? Tudor:: [00:41:16] So again, there are two reasons to read code. One is to learn. And the other one is to say, is it good or bad or make a decision about it. The learning part, whenever you were learning whenever they were learning the new language or so reading is a very appropriate tool when we need to make a decision about the code or when we want to say this code Corresponds to my wishes about that though. Let's say that it fulfills the conventions that we have about the code. That's not a reading problem. That's a testing problem. It's a regression problem. And regression should never be the job of a human, none of in after development, at least. It should be the job of a machine. So just like if we, if I can say what the rule is, if I can formulate a principle, let's say this one should not talk to that one. All my services would have this kind of policy in place of various kinds of things. It's bounded contexts. Like this call should not goes, you know, across bounded context, except that through the, in public interfaces, things like that, all of these things, these are immediately transferable into it Tasks. There's just not a functional test, but it's a structural test, but it's nevertheless, it's a test. So we do code reviews, like for us code reviews are very much like exploratory testing. You you'll learn what kind of things you want about the system, but as soon as you know it, you're transformative. You give, you make it the job of the system to carry it, to carry that role forward. Michaela:: [00:42:50] Yeah, I like that. Well, it triggered so many different questions, which I now will not ask. I will ask him maybe a different time, because I think this is, I could dig into so many things. Yeah, you just said, but. It was, it was really wonderful to talk to you. It was super interesting to hear, and I'm definitely gonna check out your tool. Can you give us some, some website where we can find it, or I will also link to it down below that the people can, can go and yeah. Play around with it, develop it right. Hands it to change it and see it for themselves. Tudor:: [00:43:29] So the the tool is called glamorous toolkit or the, the environment. So, and then you can find this at And our company is called Fenk, F E N And we have conversations on different platforms. We are most active on Twitter and LinkedIn. Um, so on, especially on Twitter, we post very often on a daily basis, usually little snippets on, on how the either a problem problem was solved through a custom tool or how the tool looks like inside. So like our Twitter feed is also a list of kind of case studies and you can find us at F E N K com fenk com on Twitter. And you can also contact me at, on Twitter at GIRBA. Michaela:: [00:44:20] Yeah, cool. I will link everything down below. Thank you so much for talking with me today and sharing so much interesting information. Tudor:: [00:44:29] Thank you for your time. It was wonderful. And thank you for the podcast. Michaela:: [00:44:34] Thank you. Okay, Tudor:: [00:44:35] bye. Bye. Bye. Michaela:: [00:44:38] I hope you enjoyed another episode after suf engineering unlocked podcast. Don't forget to subscribe. And I talk to you again in two weeks. Michaela:: [00:44:49] Bye. ( outro music )

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