December is the perfect time to sum up the previous months!
What have we done during this year to gather knowledge? Well, boredom is the unknown word for us – 2018 was such a good year because we have had an inquiring mind – we were visiting conferences, meetups and numerous training sessions and were very excited about new information we got. So if you ever feel stuck in your career and you have a great interest in learning new things, you will definitely enjoy with codecentric crew and proudly jump into 2019 with us!
But before we dive into the new chapter, let’s summarize the previous 12 chapters of the codecentric 2018 book!
We have visited 17 conferences in 2018
codecentric people from Serbia have visited 17 conferences in 2018! Oh yes – we are those enthusiasts who are always searching for more knowledge and new technology trends that we can use in our everyday job! During this year we were crazy about iOS, Android, Java, Agile and other topics. And another yes – this means that we have visited different countries, different cities, that we met different people but with the same passion and the same goal.
And we simply cannot wait to share with you (some) conference impressions!
JBCN Conference in Spain
JBCN Conference is the largest Java conference in Spain and that’s why our Java developer Bojan Ristic decided to be a part of this event. When we asked him what was so special about this event, he said: “It was very well organized – the conference was organized in a large cinema, with great lecturers and the whole conference was inspired by Star Wars and Marvel characters. This conference is definitely the perfect stage to discover how others are using your favorite Virtual Machine. ”
Bojan said that he has three favorite talks from this conference: Kotlin for Java Programmers, Walking in CODE and Serverless Java with Kubernetes. When it comes to Walking in CODE, he agreed with the speaker Jarek Ratajski: “Have you ever tried to visualize a system you are working on? There are lots of tools that can help, they create nice diagrams (UML) or charts. They work, but after a while, they are boring. Because they are flat! Thanks to the new toys such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you can see the things from a new perspective. You can actually immerse yourself in code. Imagine: you can walk around the classes and touch methods with your hands. Jarek Ratajski (the lecturer) merged three things: the source code, the diagrams and VR… it was a crazy experience…”
We believe it was!
KotlinConf in Amsterdam
KotlinConf is the biggest Kotlin event in the whole world – this year, more than 1200 people from 52 countries attended KotlinConf. One of the biggest Kotlin lovers, Nebojsa Vuksic, was a part of this event.
Please, be prepared – if you adore Kotlin, you will enjoy these lines: “I am a person who loves programming language Kotlin. KotlinConf was a place where I could exchange knowledge and see some other points of view on the topic. What I have learned were some neat tricks which I will probably use in my future projects. Beside this, we got a general impression about the direction in which language will be developed. All in all, the future is bright for the Kotlin community.”
Heapcon Conference in Serbia
This October, a few codecentricers went to a regional tech conference in Belgrade. codecentric enthusiasts decided to participate in this event because they attended it last year and the impressions were great!
Silvija Baro, codecentric IT consultant, went to Belgrade to listen to lecturers from the world-known companies. We asked her about something new she has learned: “I liked the talk of Stacy Stubellfield. She talked about her experience with the “life cycle” of a company. From startup, growing it slowly and, in the end, selling it.”
Agile by Example in Poland
A codecentric girl who is very passionate about Agile topics attended this three-day event. Marija Gobovic, our Scrum Master, is an experienced agilist and let’s hear what she said about Agile by Example conference: “I have learned that the best way for me to learn is by attending workshops. I chose it exactly because of this “by example” part. All talks need to have examples from the industry.”
We were very curious to know about the strongest impression and we got the agile answer: “Something that I tried to implement on myself right after the conference is probably the strongest impression. One keynote speaker said that whenever we are angry, we should be curious instead because in the majority of the cases we do not understand all the aspects of the situation or the reasons that something works the way it works. This is the way to help yourself, be curious whenever you can instead of being angry, and you will discover a lot and will be able to act constructively.”
What are the best conferences you have visited in 2018?