Developer Skills

9 Skills Every Developer Needs to Succeed

It’s easy to think you’ve got all it takes to get to the top as a developer once you’ve had some formal training, but that’s where complacency kicks in and the road to failure starts. As a starting or even senior developer, you have to continuously make sure that your skills are updated and fully loaded. That said, here’s a comprehensive list of skills you need to brush up on to pave your way to that pedestal you’ve been eyeing!

1. Databasing and SQL

Why? Organising a small to large collection of data is essential in building software applications. This is where database comes in, while SQL allows programmers to store, edit, and retrieve data from the database.

Recommendation: MySQL is a fast, stable, multi-user-friendly RDMS that is widely used by popular websites like Facebook and YouTube. It has very good documentation and has also received countless positive reviews from leading software companies.

2. Maximising A Cloud Platform

Cloud computing provides high scalability and elasticity, meaning we can add or remove more servers as the user base grows or shrinks. This is low-cost compared to maintaining in-house servers. It provides users access to files and systems in any device and they can connect from anywhere.

Recommendation: Amazon Web Services is one of the best. Payment uses the “on the go” model, users are charged by the hour, and will only pay what they will use. It’s secure, fast and reliable compared to other private data centers.

3. Integrating OOP Programming Language/s

It is a way of programming where developers can think they are working with real-life “objects”. OOP programming makes it easy to maintain and modify existing code as new objects can be created with small differences to existing ones.

Recommendation: Java is an OOP platform-independent language that can run on any computer where a Java Runtime Environment is installed.

4. One Text Editors

This is considered to be the lifeblood of web and software developers. It allows programmers to create, edit and update source codes using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or even from the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Recommendation: VIM. It’s stable and reliable and can run in Windows, Linux, and Mac. It can also be used both in CLI or GUI.

5. Operating IDEs

IDE provides an environment where programmers can develop software applications. Some basic features that could help a developer are syntax highlighting, code completions, refactoring, version control, debugging, compiling, and deploying softwares.

Recommendation: Eclipse is primarily used for developing Java applications but can also support other programming languages and STS (Spring Tool Suite), and is optimised for Spring framework-based projects.

6. Organising Data Structure and Algorithms

Data is one of the important elements in a software application. It is vital for a programmer to know how to collect and organise data that they can perform operations on these data in a fast and effective way. At the same time, a good algorithm is as equally vital because these are the sets of instructions that will be performed on the data to get the desired output from a specific application.

7. Software Testing and Debugging

Software testing is essential in determining the defects and errors that were made during the development process and if the functions of the application matches the client requirements. Debugging is an essential skill that a developer should have to let them investigate and fix the defects or errors that were found during testing.

8. Using Containers

Containers address the problem of how we run applications quickly and reliably from one environment to another. This could include running applications from the developer’s laptop to a test, staging or to the production environment. They address the issues of dependency/library version inconsistencies, of wrong configuration files being used, of differences in OS distributions, and of incomplete setups of the underlying infrastructure.

Recommendation: Docker is widely used by IT and cloud companies today. It enables developers to pack and run applications as a lightweight and portable container that can run virtually anywhere.

9. Working with Version Control Tools

Version Control Tools make collaboration between members of a software development team easier, faster and manageable. Version control tools allow users to track file changes, view history and merge multiple modifications in a systematic way.

Recommendation:  GIT. It is commonly used by software development teams. It’s easy to use and is designed for large scale groups working on a single base code.

Getting fully equipped with these essential skills will get any developer closer to their goals. However, it’s important to know that although these are catalysts to your success, they won’t work unless you do. Work hard, maintain the right attitude, and be mindful of the goals you set. Surely after that, you’ll be well on your way.

Author:

Daryl May Arueno
Software Development Manager


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Programming Languages

Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2020

With the abundance of progressive technologies and programming languages, it’s very easy to get lost in choosing the right ones to study first. That said, we came up with a list of them that you should give a go and learn in their prime this year.

1. Java

If you are just starting as a developer, learning Java will give you a good reference to important aspects of programming like design patterns and OOP. It’s a very useful skill – coding Java – because of its multi-purpose nature. You can use if for web, desktop, and mobile (android) app development, among others.

Java compared to other programming languages:
    • It is platform independent or “Write once run anywhere”, unlike other languages. This is especially useful because you don’t need to recompile your app for each platform.
    • It supports both compilers and interpreters, unlike C++ and PHP.
    • Compared to PHP and C/C++, it supports automatic garbage collection.
    • There is the heightened availability of huge libraries which you can readily use.

2. Python

Python is definitely a smart choice when selecting a programming language to learn – especially if you want to pursue a career in data science, AI, or machine learning. It is also a good choice for beginners because of its simple, minimalist, and readable syntax (just like the English language).

Python compared to other programming languages:
    • It allows faster development in terms of speed because it is easier to write compared to verbose programming languages like Java.
    • It is automatically interpreted – which means it doesn’t need to be compiled before being ran.
    • It’s the best for trending tech, whether it’s AI or machine learning.

3. JavaScript

JavaScript is a must learn if you want to get into web development – applicable to both  backend and frontend. Most browsers implement JavaScript. Subsequently, it becomes an essential language when learning web development.

It is also becoming a more general language and is now extending to both mobile and desktop app development. It also offers a wide range of frameworks and libraries that help developers create complex applications with low overhead (like Angular, ReactJS, Vue etc.).

JavaScript compared to other programming languages:
    • JavaScript is a dynamically typed language. This means there are no hard rules on how to build features unlike the syntax-heavy Java.

4. C/C++

Most modern programming languages are based on C/C++ (like Java, JavaScript and Python), which is why it is one of the most recommended first programming languages. Learning C/C++ can make mastery of modern programming languages faster.

It is also much easier to transition to modern languages when familiarised with C/C++. Knowledge of enough C/C++ will also help you optimise your code when writing from C/C++ based languages; primarily because you know where it runs at its lowest level. Finally, it is also a good language for competitive programming because of its program performance.

C/C++ Compared to other languages:
    • C++ unlike Java allows both procedural programming and object-oriented programming.
    • Unlike any other programming language C++ supports multiple inheritance.
    • C is directly designed to work directly to computer’s memory through pointers.

5. PHP

I will recommend learning PHP to beginners as well; especially if they come from non-IT backgrounds. PHP is easy to get started with. You can learn web programming without getting into too much details, plus, it has great documentation and community support.

Additionally, large portion of websites uses PHP. There are easy to use CMS to build websites like WordPress, Magento and Drupal.

PHP compared to other programming languages:

    • Like JavaScript PHP it is a dynamic language.
    • PHP is easily installed and setup, as compared to other programming languages.

While it’s true that these languages will give you the proper head start and will improve your command of your craft, there are also other languages you can give a chance and try. Although Java, Python, and the others listed are heavily recommended, it won’t hurt to take a look at other programming languages too; after all, the beauty of programming is not confined to a single language.

Author:
Eunice Orozco,
Senior iOS Developer


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Good Design Awards

MLPH Co-Designed GeneLife 3.0 App bags 2019 Good Design Award

Genesis Healthcare’s GeneLife 3.0 App, designed with our very own UI/UX designer, Katrina “Katy” Rada, was awarded the elite Good Design Award in 2019. Among 4,772 total entries and a crowd of more than 1,500 people, our team made its way into bagging one of the prestigious prizes from Japan’s 2019 Good Design Awards.

Together with the partner representatives – Michel Mommejat, CMO, Nadia Boudjella, UI/UX Design Manager, and Jerry Huang, UI/UX Designer, Katy accepted the award for GeneLife’s excellence in the 15-10 Application, Software for the General Public / Apps for Smartphones and Tablets Category. Katy described this experience as a personal highlight, exclaiming “The best part for me was meeting the GeneLife 3.0 application project team from Genesis Healthcare, Co. for the first time after six (6) months of working with them remotely and receiving the Good Design Award 2019 with them. I am very thankful to be a part of the success of this team and to represent my design team, Cosmik, and my company, Monstar Lab Philippines” in a recent interview.

Not only was this experience a memorable one for the GeneLife App Team, it was also an unforgettable and proud achievement for our Philippine office and global counterparts. The best part for Katy was definitely shared by more than just the attendees.

According to Katy, aside from receiving such an award, she also appreciated being able to see the work of other talented artists. In her own words, she quoted: “I was amazed that the contestants of this event are innovative thinkers by creating technology that would simplify the works of companies or industries. During the introduction of the best 100 winners, I find it mesmerising to see creations that look very simple, but knowing how it works would make you realise that what it does is actually mind-blowing (concept-wise).” 

With all that said, the honour brought to us by this recognition and the heightened appreciation we’ve gained for the craft translates into further inspiration and better motivation for the rest of us here at Monstar Lab Philippines. We’ll definitely strive to come back for more this 2020.


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Build Relationships

Build IT relationships, build success.

Value-adding IT relationships are truly vital to any success. Not everyone has the same experience, but – one way or another, a good network, especially for tech, will always mean broader horizons. In truth, not everyone has given a proper look and ventured into such an opportunity. With that said this reminder or revelation of the importance of quality relationships to reaching towering heights seems most fit to the needs of the times. 

More people implies more business

Connections are necessary. In a social business world conquered by referrals and recommendations, making the right connections with the right people mean everything. Adding more contacts and more partners to your list translates to more sources of new prospects and more opportunities. Simply put, more relationships means more projects and more good words put in for your company. 

Relationships mean reach

More people in your circle also means more channels to stream your voice. It also means you now have more ways to forward your vision. Quality relationships always intend to promote growth in both ends. This implies that they will include you, at least for the duration of your bond, in credit or in process, in every step and success.

Someone having your back leverages operational security

A committed relationship is always accompanied by the responsibility and practice of both association and looking out for each other. At any given time, a good partner or connection should have your back. They should keep your well-being in consideration and should carry your name and interests along with theirs. At all times, they should be keeping in mind that their brand is tied with yours. That being said, this accountability and hand-in-hand outlook translates to support and much-needed fallback.  

In retrospect, it’s almost hard to believe how network creation  is often overlooked. With the new and expanded playing field, the added avenues for exposure and execution, and the security and support it offers, it seems totally imprudent that relationships are often underestimated or ignored. Hopefully, this discussion propels you to practice otherwise. 

References:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/smj.588
https://clutejournals.com/index.php/JABR/article/view/7569
https://search.proquest.com/openview/0934eb27c21618cb370aa1d8d2df82ce/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=26142
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10490-008-9114-3

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Software Agency Outsourcing

When does software agency outsourcing become an option?

In the context of business process enhancing technologies, the impact of software agency outsourcing on business performance in the market have been minimised in prioritisation of in-house resources. Some would argue that greater reliance on outsourcing may impede integrative capabilities and performance in the market, but what most such critics fail to realise is that outsourcing significantly boosts productivity, ROI, and even in-house skill development by stimulating learning in supervision and partnership. However, despite the underestimation of critics, this scheme has been proven to bear significant fruit. It has also been found to fit almost any skill- and manpower-based issue that is in need of solution.

For temporary projects

Contractual commissions have always played a big role in bringing in big bucks. And it is not impossible that these short-lived projects require resources that are not always available. It’s also likely that such are not always worth investing long-term for. That said, these situations are best addressed by outsourcing short-term services. Offshore partnerships that provide the apt service and the apt commitment. After all, outsourcing services produces prime, quality work without committing to investments that serve obsolete after a one-time commission. 

For increased workload

Another instance where outsourcing proves more useful is in case of abrupt increments in company-scale workload. Sudden changes in the total workplace dynamic brought about, for example, by acquisition of a new long-term project or proposition of new systems which heighten demands for almost impossible productivity rates, are sure signs of the need to externalise. As disruption of work dynamic may be detrimental to operational success and might require unavailable internal resources, a helping hand from established professionals should always be welcome. Outsourcing, here, essentially equalises your demands and resources – efficiently allowing you to grow without the added pressure and exhaustion. 

For unfamiliar or unmastered tasks

New frontiers are supposed to be exciting, not stressful. In cases of unfamiliar or unmastered tasks, outsourcing gives you double edged advantages – in terms of doing the tasks for you and allowing you to peak into and learn the process while you’re at it – all while sparing you the hassle of extensive and costly training that might only come in handy in a singular event. All in all, outsourcing presents you an opportunity to succeed on a task-to-task basis. All without the hassle, and with a bonus of learning opportunities for the internal headcount.

In summary, any given case with conflict is bound to benefit from outsourcing solutions. Although building a holistic and self-sustaining team that can rise to any occasion is the goal for most – if not all – growing companies and although it is agreeable that internal development is a must, it is important to recognise that no organisation has conquered each and every aspect of business, and that everyone needs a little help.

Contributor:
Andrea Nalupa
Marketing Associate


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Liquibase Persistence Layer

Make Your Persistence-Layer Production-Ready with Liquibase

Software developers working on different systems or applications usually start small or from scratch. During the development they focus on the requirements and making things work (functional). However, once the project reaches maturity, things tend get challenging. Thankfully, Liquibase can help.

There are so many production-related problems that are not visible during the development. But we are here to focus on “Persistence”-related problems.

Issue#1: Multiple Environments

Let’s assume you have 1 project. For this example, we can call your project: Project Cement. During Project Cement’s production phase, if the team will be following the SDLC V-Model where each phase corresponds to a testing phase, the project will be needing the following environments.

  • Local environment
  • Team environment
  • User-Acceptance Test (UAT) environment
  • Production environment

Now we have 4 environments, and this is just the usual setup. There’s a possibility that the project requires more depending on the situation.

But wait there’s more, our problem doesn’t end there. For each environment, there’s a possibility of having multiple databases and multiple schemas.

Maintenance = No. of Environments * No. of databases * No. of Schemas

In translation, this formula simply means it is hard to maintain.

Observance:

Developer 1 was assigned to create a feature that requires a schema change, he/she finished the task, tested his changes on his local environment and everything was working fine. He applied the new feature to the team environment where the team QA will perform extensive testing.

Developer 1 being agile and eager, wants to utilize his working hours and started on a new task.

After a while, the team QA announced that the feature is now ready for UAT environment.

Developer 1 working on a new task, was too busy. He/She applied/pushed the code changes to UAT environment, but forgot the schema changes. Therefore, the feature he created failed miserably on UAT environment. Now, imagine that happening on production environment where there’s higher risk.

Moral of the story: Multiple changes are hard to maintain and prone to error.

Solution: Package the schema change with the project codes with Liquibase because it is a tool that can manage database schema by having the versioning feature which makes schema, easier to refactor/change, rollback in case of a problem and deploys on multiple environments.

Issue #2: Migration to another RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)

Observance:

Project Cement was already in production, and the client has decided that instead of using open-source solution. They want to use a proprietary (paid) product. This means that Project Cement’s persistence layer will be migrated from a free one MySQL Database to Oracle Database.

With the given deadline, Developer 1 escalated that it will not be feasible, and will require a lot more work to migrate. The client was persistent, and still pushed the migration. Developer 1 was left with a tremendous workload to migrate everything while asking himself “Why??”.

Solution: Developer 1’s misery should have been avoided, if the team used Liquibase. Simply because it is a tool with the ability to adjust to multiple types of RDBMS, where it has the attribute of liquid (which is self-explanatory). It can adjust/take shape of whatever RDBMS the project requires.

Issue #3: Creating a fresh database

Observance:
Having an existing system, with multiple environments, developer 1 was asked to create a new environment. The problem is that all the existing environment has existing data so developer 1 only have 2 options.

  • Option 1: Create a SQL dump that contains only the schema
  • Option 2. Create a SQL dump that contains everything and delete the unnecessary data.

Both options will consume more time than expected. Option 1, will require the initial data for system initialisation such as Admin account and application config/whitelist/secrets. Option 2, then, contains everything but deleting the unnecessary data is prone to error and re-work.

Solution: Use Liquibase, because it’s a tool with the ability to do, versioning, for both schema and data change. Simply run it and everything you need will be there.

How to integrate Liquibase with your project

(This will be the standalone Liquibase flavor, as it can easily be added to your CI/CD automation pipeline. For alternatives, you can also check the maven implementation).

Step 1: Create the following folders inside your repository that contains the XML Liquibase script.

This might be the most simple and easiest step on the list, so enjoy it.

Step 2: Inside the config folder

You can have multiple environment config and credentials.

Set accordingly the database credentials , , <url/schema>

Step 3: Under drivers folder

Add drivers of the databases of your choice. (Note this will be used on config under driver and classpath properties.)

Step 4: Under db-updates folder, create the following files.

changeset-master.xml contains the execution included script files to be executed by liquibase.

changeset-update-01-create-tables.xml contains the scripts for creating tables.

Changeset-update-02-default-data.xml contains the script for creating default data such as admin account / initial configuration

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM service WHERE code = ‘default’;

code = ‘default’

Step 5: Under executable folder extract liquibase–bin.zip that can be downloaded on their website

(https://download.liquibase.org/download/?frm=n)

Step 6: Tag (snapshot current version) the database before running Liquibase so that you can perform a rollback.

By executing while on Liquibase/executable folder

java -jar liquibase.jar –defaultsFile=../config/localhost.properties tag freshdb

Step 7: Execute update that will create tables and default data

java -jar liquibase.jar –defaultsFile=../config/localhost.properties update

Step 8: (Optional) When there’s a problem, perform a rollback.

java -jar liquibase.jar –defaultsFile=../config/uat.properties rollback freshdb

Notes:
– You can create multiple Liquibase scripts just add it to the changeset-master.xml

– Take note of the “id” attribute because Liquibase will run it in sequence

– when you mess up, it’s easier to re-create schema and run Liquibase.

Contributor:
John Morales
Sr. Java Developer

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We conduct regular Tech Talk Tuesdays (or Thursdays) more popularly known as T3 Sessions.

This helps us keep our minds sharp and always up to date with the latest in software development, mobile development, and emerging technology.

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SODEC Expo

Monstar Lab PH Joins Japan’s SODEC Expo

Japan, the third-largest IT market worldwide (valued at more than $173 billion), held the 27th edition of its largest IT expo in Tokyo last May 8 – 10. Such an expo being the Software and Apps Development Expo or SODEC.

SODEC has since been known as one of Japan’s prime business events. For a large number of Japanese IT/software development executives, SODEC has been a tradition.

The event showcases cutting edge solutions. For years, it has been featuring a variety of products for development, operation and maintenance of software and apps from technology providers coming from all over the globe.

The Philippines takes part in this expo annually. Doing so through the initiatives of Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). And this year was no exception. We made sure to mazimize PSIA’s 17th Business Mission to Japan.

Monstar Lab Philippines, together with the delegation of 8 Philippine software development companies, looks to showcase Filipino development talent and expertise to a bigger audience in Japan. As the expo opens and has opened opportunities for business matching and exposure, there’s no doubt that this year won’t be our last!


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Fuzz

US Digital Agency Fuzz Joins Monstar Lab Group, Strengthening Global Presence

Tokyo, Japan – April 8, 2019

Digital product agency Monstar Lab, Inc. has announced that it has acquired a stake in American digital agency Fuzz Productions, LLC. (hereinafter “Fuzz”). Fuzz is the latest step in the Monstar Lab roadmap towards becoming the leading digital product agency in the world with a focus on a strong presence in the three major markets of Asia, Europe, and North America.

Monstar Lab’s focus is to serve enterprise clients around the globe with digital transformation*1, digital product development and market localization and growth. Fuzz, with headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, will enable Monstar Lab to serve clients with a US-based team of best-in-class engineers and creatives. Further, it will allow the Fuzz team to be amplified by the scale of the Monstar Lab group of more than 1100 people across the globe and thereby take on bigger projects and more specialized offerings.

The plan is to grow the existing Fuzz team in size and reach together with the existing management team. Monstar Lab CEO Hiroki Inagawa;

“We are very excited to have Nat and his team join Monstar Lab Group. With Fuzz we are not only partnering up with a team that can deliver world-class digital solutions for well renowned brands like Shake Shack, United Technologies and AB InBev. We also get a strong and proven management team that shares our vision and values and that will allow us to expand our presence in the US even further.”

Fuzz CEO, Nathanial Trienens;
“Joining the Monstar Labs Group is a significant milestone for Fuzz, opening channels to new markets and partners. Our ability to pursue both global and domestic opportunities is enhanced greatly by the support and access to talent that the group provides. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Hiroki and the Monstar team in executing our shared vision.“

*1 Definition of “digital transformation”
Creating new value for existing business structures by utilizing digital technologies

About Fuzz

Fuzz is an award-winning digital agency headquartered in New York, with approximately 80 engineers, designers, strategists, and product managers providing digital transformation via user-centric design thinking and cutting-edge technology for leading brands and innovative startups, including CBRE, Shake Shack, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Peloton, and AB InBev. In addition to consulting and custom design and development, Fuzz offers the Koala platform for restaurant chains. Koala enables one-stop management of branded online ordering, marketing and loyalty programs across kiosks, web and mobile apps, with customers including Wingstop, Taco Cabana and Papa Murphy’s.

About Monstar Lab, Inc.

Headquartered in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Monstar Lab, Inc. provides digital product business, co-working space business ”Monstar Hub”, music distribution, and mobile game development and management services from offices in 26 cities in 15 countries throughout the world. With “global sourcing” as the foundation for all of Monstar Lab’s activities, the company has a team of 300 engineers and creators in Japan and roughly 1200 worldwide serving customers with the optimal resources from the optimal locations.

As of 8th April 2019, Monstar Lab, Inc. has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Matsue, Fukuoka, Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Chengdu, Dhaka, Bangkok, Hanoi, Da Nang, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Dnipro, Prague, Berlin, London, Manchester, Dubai, New York and Boulder. Visit Monstar Lab’s global site at https://monstar-lab.com/global/.

Press Release from:
Monstar Lab Global


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New Office in Dubai, Middle East

Monstar Lab to Enter Middle Eastern Market with New Office in Dubai

Tokyo, Japan – April 3, 2019

Digital product agency Monstar Lab, Inc. has established a new office in Dubai (Emirate of Dubai) called “Nodes Middle East” for new customer acquisition and market expansion in the Middle East. This office will become a new office of Nodes, which is part of the Monstar Lab Group.

The New Dubai Office

By establishing a sales office in Dubai, known as an international city in the Middle East, Monstar Lab aims to achieve new customer acquisition and market expansion in the Middle East, focusing on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which has a particularly high GDP per capita.

Monstar Lab already works on IoT product development, etc. in Saudi Arabia and the Careem Now food delivery app that is popular in the Middle East via its group subsidiaries, Nodes, and will also strengthen its work for assisting its existing customers.

“Usually, when entering a new market, we establish a physical presence. But in this case, we landed a deal with Careem before we could look for office space. You could say our Dubai-strategy was actually put together in reverse order due to the good relationship with Careem”, says Nodes Agency’s CEO, Andreas Rasmussen.

Andreas Rasmussen stresses that entering the Dubai-market was always part of the international growth strategy.

“We’ve always wanted to establish ourselves as a top 5 digital agency in the Middle East. The region has an impressive and growing innovation and tech scene and after launching the Careem NOW app opening up a new office in Dubai was the natural next step to strengthen our global position”, says Andreas Rasmussen.

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Overview of Dubai Office

Address: Almas Tower Jumeirah Lakes Towers PO Box 48800 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Established: Early April 2019
Representative: Andreas Straarup

About Nodes ApS

A European subsidiary of Monstar Lab that conducts digital development based on cutting-edge technology and stylish design. Since being established in 2008, has had its head office in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and currently employs approximately 120 engineers, designers, and consultants at nine offices over Europe.

About Monstar Lab, Inc.

Headquartered in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Monstar Lab, Inc. provides digital product development, coworking space business ”Monstar Hub”, music distribution, and mobile game development and management services from offices in 24 cities in 14 countries throughout the world. With “global sourcing” as the foundation for all of Monstar Lab’s activities, the company has a team of 300 engineers and creators in Japan and roughly 1100 worldwide serving customers with the optimal resources from the optimal locations.

As of 3rd April 2019, Monstar Lab, Inc. has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Matsue, Fukuoka, Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Chengdu, Dhaka, Bangkok, Hanoi, Da Nang, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Dnipro, Prague, Berlin, London, Manchester and Dubai. Visit Monstar Lab’s global site at https://monstar-lab.com/global/.

From: Monstar Lab Global


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Java Training Program

Java Training Program 2019: Completed!

It has been part of Monstar Lab Philippines’ tradition since its Ideyatech days to search for the next best developers in this part of the region through the Java Training Program. This has been going on annually since 2007 and have seen 10 batches produce top notch developers. The program’s graduates helped propel Monstar Lab Philippines to where it is today.

The Java Training Program starts with a pool of developers consisting of a variety of aspirants that may include fresh graduates to experienced professionals. They undergo several weeks of intensive training and series of exams. Each phase will inevitably dwindle their number down until only the cream of the crop gets through the entire program.

Yes, there were casualties but we have uncovered gems that became integral part of the team and contributed greatly to bringing great projects to fruition. 2019 is no exception, this batch has truly shown talent and potential.

Meet the graduates of this year’s gruelling Java Training Program:

  1. Alfredo Borja
  2. Bea Marasigan
  3. Christian Garillo
  4. Perf Clemente
  5. Sushmita Jadulco

Contributor:
Gabriel Valmonte
Marketing Manager


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Monstar Lab Philippines is the breeding ground of awesome tech talent and with programs such as the Java Training, we ensure the quality of developers we have in the fold.

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