ITAKE vs. DevTalks – Two Conferences Side-by-Side

Reading time: 6 minutesSeparated by only a couple of weeks, two software conferences took place in Bucharest at the end of spring 2014: ITAKE Unconference at its 2nd edition and DevTalks at its first. Both conferences pretended to focus on software development and both were oriented toward people writing software on day to day basis.I had the pleasure of speaking at both conferences, and though my speeches were very different, I can compare the two events from …

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A dive into filesystems – ZFS – part 1

Reading time: 5 minutesI’m starting a series of posts about ZFS. I will try to provide as much as possible architectural diagrams and code examples. The series is for people wanting to learn more about general filesystem architecture, especially about ZFS (OpenZFS). I will restrict myself for now to the implementation and architecture on Illumos, the open source fork of OpenSolaris. Let’s start with the higher level abstraction, the Virtual File System. Like …

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OpenZFS European Conference

Reading time: 4 minutesOn the 20th of May, this year, the first European Open ZFS conference was held in Paris. It was a great event and an absolute privilege for us to participate as presenters and sponsors. The main guest was the co-creator of ZFS, Matt Ahrens. We started by having Matt present the current state of OpenZFS, future enhancements and features that are on the roadmap. It all began with a nice …

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Two Days with Gerard Meszaros

Reading time: 3 minutesAt the beginning of May 2014 we had the opportunity to host Gerard Meszaros for a few days in Timisoara. He is most known for his exceptional book xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code. He was kind to help us out with some work at our office and present an exceptional talk at the local Agile Software Meetup. We Learned Great Things One of the most interesting topics I talked about with …

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CraftConf 2014 – A Bright Sunshine in the Spring

Reading time: 7 minutesOne of the essential parts of our continuos learning process is to go to software conferences from time to time. The choices are quite scarce in this part of the world so we were extremely pleased to hear about CraftConf 2014 Budapest. Actually it was a wondering tweet, retweeted many times, before we finally saw it. However, opening the attached link was a big surprise. As we browsed the list …

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