The Teen Developer Alliance

If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook you will know that recently we joined the new Teen Developer Alliance which is basically a group of teen tech companies and individuals who have come together to try and promote each other’s stuff and connect in a community.

Darshil Patel (now an Arlix team member) and myself decided that we should try and connect more teen developers so we set out to create this alliance. We realised that one of the main problems that face teen developers and entrepreneurs is that they do not have enough brand exposure and resources so we thought maybe if we tied together a few then we could create a much better community.

This is all very new and it is no way what I would like to call big yet but I think if one TDA company or individual takes off their idea more will join. We like to welcome members from all over the world so do fill out the form at http://teendeveloperalliance.tk/ to join!

-Alex

Being the Newbie

Hi I’m Hasan and I joined Arlix during April. Joining Arlix was an exciting and new experience. I was about to work with a really great team on something that I really loved. The team was very helpful in getting me settled in, helping me get to grips with all the software’s we use. I was immediately given a task and it was to gain 30 likes on our Facebook page. Alex was very flexible with this allowing me to set my own targets. I believe this was key to my development within Arlix as it helped me realise my true potential.

Arlix is a very relaxed workplace, there are very little deadlines to meet and targets are always set by you. The senior staff come across in a very friendly manner, helping you with you with any difficulties you have with your code, design or strategies. Because Arlix is a multi-national company you also get to meet and talk to people who are across the world! This helps you learn new tips and tricks within your areas of expertise which begin to help you throughout your Arlix career.

Overall, Arlix has really helped me develop as worker and also a person. The friendly environment you work in helps you concentrate on your work as well as helping you make new friends. The senior staff are really friendly and are always there to help. In all honesty I couldn’t have asked for more!

Hasan Ahmad
(Senior Marketing Manager)

Register for Learn+ private BETA this Autumn

According to our current standing and progress and private BETA will be launched this Autumn for selected individuals to try out Learn+. This is mainly a period where we are targeting potential course makers to make their courses for Learn+ before its public BETA and full launch towards the end of 2015.

So you might be wondering whether you can make a course for Learn+. Well the simple answer is you can. If you are knowledgeable in any skill or subject, you can probably teach it on Learn+. Whether you can dance or teach quantum physics our aim is that you can teach it to anyone.

If you have ever made YouTube tutorials they can easily be integrated with Learn+ and its features by simply embedding your videos in the course creator.

If you are interested in getting access to our private BETA when it is available ages a way then get your name on the list by contacting learnplus@arlix.co.uk

 

Alex

Even more diversity

Recently at Arlix we have strived for diversity. Recently we got our first team member in South America which means we now have a team member in the main 6 habitable continents (maybe one day we will get a guy from Antarctica!!). 

The complement this feat we have also launched our Twitter in Spanish and German so that we can reach even more people and bring them with Learn+. We hope that we can interact with more people around the world then ever before and build a product that is even more for people then any other.

Alex

The fall of Ace Technology

If you have been with us for about a year you might remember something called Ace Technology or what if you know me in person was referred to as “Ace Tech”. This was really a great point in Arlix History. Even some of my friends still ask me how Ace Tech is doing even though it is no longer something.

The reason Ace Tech is so significant was because it setup Arlix and some of its fundamentals. Ace Tech was when I got into Android development with the release of products like Radar Browser and our most popular Colouring Things and was also the rise of our first team. A few people in my class had roles like “Head of Global Operations” and “Finances manager” and they got sort of payment in “Ace Pounds”.

Those were good times and I did kill Ace Technology when I thought about giving up coding and stuff because I never really felt good by it but I saw the meaning and decided to turn Ace Tech into a real business and make it professional rather than just a class mucking around. That is how Arlix was born and the company that you know today.

The story behind Learn+

So Learn+ is our next big project and you will see it arrive later this year but it leaves many of you wondering how it came to be and what inspired the idea.

I guess for me it was a few months ago and it was just a normal day and I was thinking about what I wish I could do. There are so many talents in the world and I hoped that maybe I would be able to master a few of them myself.

The talent I wanted to learn was dancing. If you want to learn to dance, you had a few options. You could maybe ask a friend to teach you or you could join a dance class but what if you didn’t have the time to be able to go to a dance class or didn’t know someone who could teach you.

So it came to my mind about how we share so much over the internet and maybe instead of billions of selfies (not that they’re bad), we could share knowledge and talent with one another.

Continue reading

An even bigger Arlix Team

The Arlix team is now well in double digits and is the biggest it has ever been. It is also great how diverse our team is now with us being spread across 5 continents. Our team practically never sleeps now as when its time for me to go to bed in London, everyone in the US is still doing stuff.

So for your interest I created another world map of all the countries in which we have or used to have a team member in.

Black_and_white_political_map_of_the_world

As you can see that is a lot of the world.

One of my aims in my latest recruitment plan was to get more gender diversity. Before last week Arlix was only male.

Now we have 4 girls in Arlix and I definitely that is a good step. You can read Lauren’s post before mine on women in tech.

 

Alex

Women in STEM

Women in STEM is a very new subject that is brought up pretty often now in society. Most tech firms/companies are made up of mostly men. Even I am a minority in ARLIX. The reason I got into STEM is because (at first) my parents. I wasn’t very excited at first and basically dreaded the week I would be spending at an IT camp. My opinion totally changed after those 5 (weekdays) days. I learned that basically everything is made with code and how thinking like a programmer made me smarter. I learned about details and checking everything carefully. That was almost 3 years ago, and look where I am now. I consider myself to be advanced in java, I’m learning HTML and C++, and learning about databases. I’ve dabbled in VB, but it’s not my favorite language.

I feel like not many women are in STEM because the idea is intimidating. But a fun fact is; a woman invented the very first programming language and her name was Grace Hopper. But back to the subject – mostly men dominate STEM as I stated before, and as you probably know. Many factors contribute to this; but now is the time for this to change. I’m not saying women or men should dominate the industry. But this gap should be closed. Part of this “problem” started back during the wars (WWI and WWII). Women took men’s jobs when they went to fight whether it be in computers or not. When the men came back however, the women were forced to quit or were fired so the soldiers could attempt to return to their everyday lives.

I personally believe that everyone should learn how to code a little – not just men, not just women.

Arlix: The Early Days

Oh, old Arlix. Back in late 2014, Arlix wasn’t very old. Alex had just switched identities from Ace to Arlix, and started getting people on the team. I remember when Alex came to me, making the second post in my very own Google+ community (which is no longer up), asking if anyone wanted to join. I thought it would be fun, coding with other people for fun, and besides, who doesn’t want to say they work for a company? Of course, I replied very positively, and before I knew it Alex was asking me to start a Google+ Hangouts conversation with him, so I proceeded as such, and pretty soon I got introduced to the rest of the team of about 3 or 5 people–I can’t exactly remember the number–and began just saying “Hi!” and “I look forward to being with you guys!” like any induction into a group of people. Not too long after, I was making graphics, like the Arlix Messenger and Radar Browser logos. After those two, I really stopped doing work, since I had no idea what to do. Since I had the sudden free time, my life took back over, and when I was asked to work on other Arlix products I said I would but never could. Back in January of 2015, shortly after Arlix began to transfer over to Skype from Hangouts, I got a message from Alex, saying I was no longer a part of Arlix. I also received an email, finalizing the statement.

How was the team?

I remember the Arlix team, made up of not too many people, I can’t exactly remember all of them. They were all very nice, kind, and welcoming upon my inception, and they were easy to work with. The whole thing was very new and different for me, but I enjoyed it because it was the same people to come back to every day, not like it had been previously, where I was constantly talking to different people, and I’m not saying that meeting new people is bad, but it was so scattered for me that I never had any real lasting friends, just knew most people for a few hours. Maybe two days if I was lucky. As I recall everybody was very kind but there was very little productivity; the cause of my virtual ‘pink slip’ in January.

A short summary

The old Arlix team was very nice and pleasant to work with. The people were nice, the atmosphere easy. There was little productivity in those old days, which is why a chunk of the team was cut out. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to follow Arlix on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Google+.

- Haden

Twitter | Google+ | Website

Why we ditched Google Hangouts

When working a remote group of developers, you need a good source of communication. When Arlix first started and formed its first team, we used Google Hangouts as our main communication method, undoubtedly it works great as everyone can access it easily from the web and the communication is quite fast but even after using it for a while we eventually turned to Skype.

So what we did not like about Google Hangouts

We found Google Hangouts to lack many features that Skype does and here are some of them:

Not many statuses. On Skype you get a wide range of status availability options such as online, away, do not disturb etc. but Google Hangouts automatically puts you on the online status if you are just connected, not being allowed to let people know that even though you are online, you are not able to talk.

Clunky on mobile. I have a low-range Android smartphone and especially when Google is building for its own platform I found Hangouts on my phone to be slow and clunky and our very own Arlix Messenger runs faster on it.

Video Chat plugin is glitchy. Although the video chat quality in Hangouts is generally quite good but I still found it a bit glitchy here and there.

Moderator options. Hangouts basically does not have moderator options which is annoying because unfortunately I do come across people who join Arlix and want to have a laugh. On Hangouts I would have to migrate the whole team to a different chat. There are so many more moderator options too which really make Skype a breeze to use.

So those are my main reasons for not using Hangouts and I wonder if you have experienced any of the same things I have. If so, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

 

Alex