Ana-Maria Mihălceanu-Speaker interview

by | Oct 13, 2019 | Speaker Interview, Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2019

Ana-Maria Mihălceanu is a custom application development enthusiast, Trailhead Ranger and a constant adopter of challenging technical scenarios. Some of her older experiments are available on Dzone. In 2016, as tech passionate for cloud application development she achieved IBM Certified Application Developer – Cloud Platform v1. Since then, she has enriched her cloud expertise by learning and certifying as a Salesforce Developer and attained a better understanding on how to integrate different types of cloud offerings. As a result, she would like to share with the audience one of her recent experiments. Other passions? The knowledge hunt through reading and growing fashion skills through shopping.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

I am a custom application development enthusiast and an adopter of challenging development scenarios. I enjoy technical puzzles (application development and integration) that make use of Java, NodeJs, or even Salesforce Apex and I am genuinely curious on what, when and how technologies can be glued together. Apart from the professional aspects, I take a special interest into spending time with the dear ones, practicing yoga and travelling.

 

Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj 2019?

I believe that nowadays there is a lot of literature available on how to work with different containerization technologies and tools, to “make things the right way”. However real life applications are not copies of the those examples and happy path scenarios are achieved through hard work (and of course, with deadlines and pressure). I selected this topic because I want to share a few situations that can be worked around even if they were not part of the happy path.

 

Q. Who should attend your session? 

My belief is that nowadays every developer knows a bit about Docker and Kubernetes. Not necessary to work intensively with those, but at least how they can relate to an application coded in their favourite programming language. So, if you are interested in mistakes that can be done, or have always had a question on “how to achieve X”, come to my session :).

 

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

The main thing that my session is about is that there is always a solution for every problem encountered. Yes, there are limitations regarding certain approaches within Docker/Kubernetes, but those are there just to give us a hint that perhaps we tried to bend the things we know to work our way, when we should have read a little bit more and be more creative. Creativity is the best weapon when troubleshooting and of course use the library/framework/product documentation!

 

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj, what does the year review look like for you?

2019 was a great year for me! I sincerely wanted, prepared/coded and passed the Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development exam. The Bucharest Software Craftmanship Community is about to reach 1000 members and I had the pleasure to speak with many passioned professionals, interested to go beyond the 9-5 job in order to improve themselves. I had the opportunity to present at 2 awesome meetups in Bucharest, be moderator at the first edition of Call For Code day in Bucharest, was honoured to be involved as program committee member for DevoxxUK 2019, had my first keynote at VoxxedDays Microservices and last but not least be a speaker at Devoxx Belgium 2019. I feel blessed and thankful for these amazing opportunities!

 

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

My next year plans are not defined yet, but for sure I plan to speak for the second time at DevNexus (love the community spirit over there) and at least attend events from Romania, at VoxxedDays events. VoxxedDays Bucharest/FrontEnd/Cluj are not to be missed!