After completing my master’s degree, I moved from Poland to Germany and began working as a .NET developer for a company full of experts in ... Clarion. The Clarion folks were developing the company’s flagship—very successful leasing software—and I was left to do “the rest”: a bit of interfacing with web services (no way to do it from Clarion at that time), a rewrite of a Pocket PC leasing calculator, a piece of a website for a customer in Switzerland, and so on.

Over time, I was given more and more small software gems to manage. “How about introducing a source-control system?” I thought. I was uneasy about the “zip and store on a share” method my old friends were using. Fortunately, my bosses were open-minded, and I was given a free ...

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