Arnaud Bos – Speaker interview
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?
Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj 2019?
At the time I didn’t understand every aspects of the value proposition, but I grew fond of the concept and then, a few months later, I stumbled upon Quasar’s fibers which has a Clojure/core.async binding named Pulsar, and I longed-for the day I could use it in production.
Fast forward a few years, after having used Reactive Streams quite heavily in a micro-services production environment, I started to grow frustrated with the uneasy aspects of feels-like-hacks combination of Rx operators to bypass the complexity of implementing the one operator missing to my use case. And I suffered from debugging and bug forensics pain too.
At some point a new use case came up to implement a scheduling service and we came up with a design that lended itself well in an actor model. So we looked at our available options on the JVM and Quasar was a good fit.
From there I’ve started to dig deeper into the internals of Quasar, the continuations, the fibers, and when googling around for what Ron Pressler (Quasar lead dev) was up to now, I was delighted to find out he was leading Project Loom.
I then started to study on Loom, and here we are 🙂
Q. Who should attend your session?
Experts will not learn anything. Juniors may gain more insight on what the fuss is around “blocking/non-blocking” calls and sync/async.
Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?
And also that continuations are freaking awesome!
Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj, what does the year review look like for you?
I’ve taken the lead of our local JUG too, and it feels great to be an actor of the development community. Finally it’s the first year I have the chance to give presentations at national and international conferences (Toulouse DevFest 2018, France JUG Summer Camp 2019, Voxxed Days Ticino 2019) so that definitely feels like a new achievement unlocked 🙂
Q. What are your plans for the next year?
And give talks about all of this if given the chance to!