DDD Europe '18: my post-conference scribblings

DDD Europe '18: my post-conference scribblings

TL;DR My expectations regarding software craftsmanship conferences are constantly evolving towards more focused & interactive events. Less novelties (one can learn from Internet on the very next day anyway), more warstories & workshops with seasoned practitioners. DDD Europe 2018 was such an event - dedicated to domain modeling & design in general, with majority of sessions in a form of hands-on workshop. I strongly encourage all people deeply involved in building software not only to learn more about Domain Driven Design in general, but also consider the participation in next year edition. Time for a change This year I've…

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Why (you can't afford to miss) DevConf 2017?

Why (you can't afford to miss) DevConf 2017?

TLDR If you're into software craftsmanship, you live in Poland & you're about to attend just one industry-specific conference this year, DevConf 2017 is probably the best choice you can make. I'm not really into turning blog posts into favours. Neither for colleagues, nor for anyone willing to pay for such service. So this post is my own idea and it was created just because I think that there are some events / ideas / initiatives that deserve a public praise (& generating some buzz over the Internet). DevConf 2017 truly fits this category - the name is new & may not…

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Why Elixir Conf EU rocked, while many other confs don't (anymore)

Why Elixir Conf EU rocked, while many other confs don't (anymore)

TL;DR HR departments of IT companies have discovered software craftsmanship conferences & realized their recruitment potential - this has turn the money tap on, but the pressure to make the conferences more approachable for any developer (that's what recruiters expect) results in quantity slowly taking over quality. That's why I recommend you to get interested in either more specialized or just more local community-based events - in many cases these succeed in retaining the enthusiasm & substantive value. My calendar used to be split not into months, but rather periods between software conferences. BuildStuff here, CraftConf here, DevDay here…

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Scribblings after Craft 2016

Scribblings after Craft 2016

Craft Conference is A-MUST-ATTEND on my conference list for each consecutive year. I tend to prefer specialized events (dedicated to particular method / technology / platform), but Craft allures me with its "crafters for crafters" approach - speaker list is totally dominated by engineers & other practitioners from unicorn companies. Even if their sessions sometimes do not fully meet my expectations, I can approach them directly afterwards & have a side discussion about how they do stuff in their workshop - people are far more eager to discuss the internals of their work if it's not going to be on…

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Azure Service Fabric: how to weave services in hyper-scale

Azure Service Fabric: how to weave services in hyper-scale

All right, as it's already official now ... Sebastian Gębski @liveweird na ścieżce #dotnet! Opowie o Azure Service Fabric - jak tkać usługi w hiper-skali. pic.twitter.com/bfUDnUZA0E— 4Developers (@4Developers) February 4, 2016 ... let me personally invite you all to my session: Title: Azure Service Fabric: how to weave services in hyper-scale Description: In November 2015 Microsoft shared an initial version (Public Preview) of their new cloud services platform named Azure Service Fabric. Such an announcement ain't necessarily a reason for immediate excessive excitement ..., but if you reinforce it with few additional facts, e.g.: Service Fabric works already…

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Dancing with domains - DDD Europe 2016

Dancing with domains - DDD Europe 2016

I've already promised myself some time ago: "No more conference reviews, chap." But I'll start 2016 with breaking this rule once again, just so I can tell you that ... DDD Europe 2016 was way better than I expected. No worries though, I'll try to be as brief as possible: Guys (& gals?) of DDD Belgium have proven that they are no pushover, but the strongest DDD community in the Old World (at least) - they've not only organized a good conf, brought good speakers (i.e.: Evans, Vernon, Brandolini, Young, etc.) aboard, but they have also delivered a…

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DevDay 2015 & my evolving perspective on conferences

DevDay 2015 & my evolving perspective on conferences

DevDay 2015 is history now. If you don't know what DevDay is, check my summaries for prev years' editions (2014 or 2013) or google for someone else's review of this year's edition (I believe that they'll start appearing any minute) as this time I'm not going for a 'standard' point-by-point review ... I'll try to make it brief, but I have to start with a personal intro: I DON'T attend conferences ... ... to learn some theory (language / framework / library / whatever) - there are other, better, faster, more efficient ways to do that ... to learn about new goodies - announcements / plans - these…

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Three short reflections after Confitura 2015

Three short reflections after Confitura 2015

Another conference (Confitura 2015), another boost of positive energy, inspiring ideas, sense of belonging to dynamic & developing community. I'll skip the usual session reviewing part this time, I'll focus on a very selective list of personal remarks instead: Charity Confitura's supposed to be a free conference: that's how its Orgs want it. But being a free Java conference held in a capital city of 40M citizen country raises a supply VS demand challenge -> you have to set a reasonable limit on the number of attendants. First come, first serve registration is the usual way to go in…

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