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.NET Developer Days 2016 - Grand finale


The time has come to summary .NET Developer Days 2016. I think that each conference can be judged based on 3 main factors: organisation, presentations, networking so I'll write a few words about each of these topics.


.NET Developer Days 2016 - Workshops


In my previous post about .NET Developer Days 2016 I wrote generally about the conference and about presentations I'd like to see. This time I want to drop a few lines about pre-conference workshops (sessions). They will take place just a day before the actual conference (GoldenFloor, Millenium Plaza – Warsaw, Al. Jerozolimskie 123 a) and you could choose from:
The links above will lead you to the description of each session. However, I have a surprise for you. I contacted with experts who will conduct workshops and asked them a few questions. Here are additional information that I got. You'll not find them anywhere else.


.NET Developer Days 2016 are coming


.NET Developer Days 2016 is a third edition of the biggest conference in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated to the .NET platform. I didn't participate in previous editions but this time I'll be. Why? Well, I read a few quite good reviews of a former editions. Besides, recently a friend of mine told me that he was going to go there what is also a good recomendation.

To make things funny, when I was about to buy tickets organizers of the conference asked me to write about it. So yes it is a sponsored text but I wouldn't write it if didn't want to go there anyway. Let's start with a few facts about .NET Developer Days 2016:
  • What: 3 tracks with 24 presentations.
  • Where: 
    • Conference: EXPO XXI Exhibition Center – Warsaw, Prądzyńskiego 12/14
    • Workshops: GoldenFloor, Millenium Plaza – Warsaw, Al. Jerozolimskie 123 a
  • When: 19th-21th October 2016. The workshops will take place on October 19th, and the conference will start one day later. Organizers also plan a party at the end of day one. I think that it'll be a good occasion for networking.
  • Language: 100% English
I'm still thinking which presentations to choose but I have a few solid candidates. I remember Jon Skeet from Dev Day conference. He gave a really good presentation so it is my number one. This time he will start the conference and then will talk about Abusing C# and Immutability. I also saw a few presentations delivered by Tomasz Kopacz in the past. As far as I remember he was always a mine of information. His presentations were advanced and demanding but you could learn a lot from them.

I also heard a lot of good about Maciej Aniserowicz so his presentation about CQRS is also on my list. I don't know other speakers but there are many other promising topics to choose from. For example, I'd like to listen Alex Mang who will talk about containers or Adam Granicz who will give a presentation about funcional programming or ... Actually, I already see some potenial conflicts in my personal agenda so as you can see the choice is not easy. I encorage you to see the full agenda on the conference site. If you want to buy a ticket do it sooner than later because the price goes up every 2 months.

See you there!


Sandbox Database Manager


My colleague Tomasz Moska published very nice tool that makes management of development MSSQL sandbox databases very easy. It is called Sandbox Database Manager and you can download it here or from GitHub.

Why is it worth recommending? Try to imagine yourself situation like this. A tester found a bug in the application. In order to reproduce it you need a copy of his database from a system test environment. With Sandbox Database Manager you can make a copy of this database and restore it on a selected server with just a few clicks. Another click or two and you have a snapshot created. Thanks to that you are be able to revert the database to its original state at any time. Now let's assume that this database contains hundreds of tables and you don't know all of them. To investigate a problem you want to run an application and see which tables (probably dozens of them) will be updated and how. Sandbox Database Manager also supports this scenario because it'll allow you to track data changes at the column level.

These are only a few features of Sandbox Database Manager. It can do much more, for example to run the same query against many databases or compare data between two databases. I can guarantee that Sandbox Database Manager is a really, really helpful tool because I use it in my day to day work. I recommend it without any hesitation. What is the best you can use it completely for free!


Careercon Warszawa 2015 - surveys


I'd like to share with you the results of 2 surveys regarding my last presentation. The first one was prepared by organizers of the conference. The second one was created by me on SurveyMonkey portal. I placed a link to it on each slide in the lower  left corner. It was visible through the whole presentation so anyone with a smartphone could have filled it. The survey was short and consisted of 3 obligatory and 2 voluntary questions.

Let's start with the official survey of the conference. According to it there were ~50 people on my presentation. ~30 said that it was very good, ~18 that it was good and ~2 that it was week. In average it gives 4,56. These are very good results for me, thanks!

My survey looked in the following way:
  • Question 1 - What is your overall assessment of my presentation on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 - the highest evaluation)?
  • Question 2 - How do you assess the substantive content of my presentation on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 - the highest evaluation)?
  • Question 3 - How would you rate my way of presenting on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 - the highest evaluation)?
  • Question 4 - Name one thing that you remember from my presentation.
  • Question 5 - This is the place for all sorts of comments, applications and complaints. Each comment will be valuable for me.
I received 8 answers for these questions. Much less than for the previous survey but all the answers were extremely valuable to me. Thanks! Here are details:

Question 11434,25
Question 2444,50
Question 3354,63

I also received a couple of comments that will allow me to be a better speaker in the future:
  • The demo should have been a little bit longer.
  • The sample code used during a demo could be more complex.
  • I should have used a microphone.
  • I should have spoken slower.
  • Not all terms used by me were understandable for a layman.
It was nice to read that my presentation was useful and that I showed interesting tools.

As a summary I have to say that these results are a boost of energy for me and an encouragement to be a speaker more often.


Careercon Warszawa 2015 - already after the presentation


A couple of hours ago I returned from the conference Carrercon Warszawa 2015 where I had a presentation about historical debuggers. I'm generally happy with my speech. There were dozens of people in the room. I didn't forget to tell about anything important, I wasn't stressed too much and my presentation took as much time as I planned. As always I see a room for improvement but it was a good decision to take part in the conference as a speaker.

In the next post I want to write much more about Careercon Warszawa 2015 and my presentation. Now, I'd like to ask everybody who attended my presentation and who are reading this post for one thing. The thing which is very important to me. I'll be happy if you fill the following short survey:

Click to start a survey

Any feedback will be extremely valuable for me.


CareerCon Warszawa 2015


On Saturday (27-06) I'll have a presentation about historical debuggers at the conference "CareerCon Warszawa". I'll tell what they are and why you should use them. I'll also explain how IntelliTrace historical debugger for .NET works under the hood. If you have time I'll be glad to see you! The presentation will be in Polish.

Conference site

For now that's all. After the conference you can expect a post about how it looked like.