How to add custom search engine in Firefox

Recently I switched from Chrome to Firefox (mainly due to Google’s invasive policy of suggesting me content that I really should see), but I wasn’t able to replicate one of the features that I love most in Chrome: easiness of adding custom search engines, so then you can type any given keyword in the address bar to use it.


How to write an article – eMAG TechLabs article

From time to time there’s a situation when you have some innovative idea or recently acquired some skill. It definitely did cost you some time and effort. Why not share it with others? Preparing your thoughts for the public consumption helps you organize your knowledge, review the possible flaws and put your idea up for the peer review.

In my recent article in eMAG TechLabs blog I share my techniques that are helpful when you want to put your thoughts on paper (actual or virtual one).

Effective communication in 7 easy steps – eMAG TechLabs article

I encourage you to check out my recent article Effective communication in software development projects – in 7 easy steps published in the eMAG TechLabs – the tech blog of the company that I work for as a Software Development hub manager.

In this article I present seven easy rules that you should take into consideration if you want to improve communication in your projects – not only IT related. It is based on my previous experience married with the culture and experience of eMAG.

This article is my next work in the series related to effective communication, after article in Smashing Magazine and presentation on WarszawQA meeting.

If you have any comments or suggestions – please don’t hesitate to contact me.

New book about Apache Thrift published

In 2011 I prepared a tutorial on Apache Thrift, which was as transcript of my exploration of this great framework. In the first half of 2015 I was approached by Packt Publishing to write a book in their “Learning” series, to serve as an introduction to Apache Thrift.

I am proud to announce, that after over half year of hard work the book was published. It is available in the paperback and ebook formats, from the publisher’s website, on Amazon and some brick-and-mortar bookstores in English-speaking world. If you would like to learn about the Apache Thrift framework I recommend my book, which is the first (and currently only) publication of this kind.

The book is available from:

If you read this book and have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’d be happy to help.

My talk about basics of effective communication at QA event

Recently I took part in the first event called WarszawQA – organized by the community of people interested in Quality Assurance in Warsaw. I gave a talk about basics of effective communication in the IT projects.

You may find my presentation here and the summary of the meeting here (both pages in Polish). I hope, that the video of the presentation will be released soon too.