Sebastian Daschner – Speaker interview

by | Oct 25, 2019 | Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2019

Sebastian Daschner is a Java Developer Advocate at IBM, a consultant, author, and trainer. He is participating in the JCP, helping forming the future standards of Java EE, serving in the JSR 370 and 374 Expert Groups and collaborating on various open source projects. For his contributions in the Java community and ecosystem he was recognized as a Java Champion, Oracle Developer Champion and double 2016 JavaOne Rockstar. He has been working with enterprise Java for more than 8 years. Besides Java, Sebastian is also a heavy user of Linux and container technologies like Docker. He evangelizes computer science practices on blog.sebastian-daschner.com, his Newsletter, and on Twitter via @DaschnerS. When not working with Java, he also loves to travel the world — either by plane or motorbike.

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

I’m a Java Developer Advocate at IBM, a consultant, author, and trainer, and in general interested in programming with Java. Besides technology, I enjoy traveling the world, riding motorcycle and good coffee.

 

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

Talk: I think testing in the enterprise is still a topic that is underrepresented and one that deserves more attention. I especially want to raise awareness how to make that topic less “boring” and how to make testing more efficient, not only in writing and maintaining but also in executing tests. While the topic sounds boring, I promise an exciting session with a lot of live demos!
Keynote: When I watch software engineers in projects, I noticed that there’s some room for improvement how to be a more productive developer. We mostly agree that we should use more shortcuts and automation, and cut out the boring, repetitive tasks. In this keynote I will show which general principles to follow as a software developer, together with a lot of tips and tricks that hopefully serve as inspiration.

 

Q. Who should attend your session?

Talk: Any Java developer who is working on the enterprise field. However, any engineer working in another area can probably also learn something new. Only if you can skip the topic of testing altogether then you shouldn’t attend my session 🙂
Keynote: Any software engineer who would like to become more effective in their job, who want to maximize their productivity and also the enjoyment they have at work.

 

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

Talk: How to make tests more maintainable. How to reduce the turnaround times while developing. How to make testing fun 🙂
Keynote:  Seven productivity principles that when followed will make you more productive. Attendees will be able to identify the daily tasks that can be optimized and automated, and will get an impression of how productive workflows look like.

 

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

So far it was a very exciting and full year – full of traveling, visiting developer communities and trying to share knowledge on Java. I’m a big fan of 2019 so far 🙂

 

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

There are some topic areas that I want to dive deeper, but most of them will stay in the area of enterprise software. Java is still my language of choice and there’s a lot more to discover and explore.