Wojciech Seliga is a seasoned software developer and for the last several years also an entrepreneur. He started coding sharply 32 years ago when he was a kid, and since then has witnessed various waves, hypes, and fashions in our industry. For more than 10 years he has been responsible for fostering agile and craftsmanship practices in the development and business alike, managing and staffing software projects, mentoring and inspiring engineers. He has witnessed dozens of people growing successfully, he has seen many people failing on this way. He co-founded and runs Spartez - the company which partners with Atlassian on developing their core products, including JIRA, Crucible or Bamboo.
There is no doubt about it - we live in the times very comfortable for IT engineers. Most of all software developers. Especially Java developers. Job market is hot. Software developers have countless options - thousands of companies from Poland and abroad fight for employees in Poland. And they offer very reasonable money - especially when compared to other professions. It’s very natural and tempting to let employers adore yourself and rest on laurels. One can already see a lot o victims of this situation. Very friendly job market is de facto our biggest enemy. How do 5, 10 or 15 or more years of the experience in our industry change the perception of Java platform and most of all the perception of ourselves - our position and value as professional Java developers? What are the real caveats of our profession and our beloved platform? What is really important for us - devs? Does the knowledge of Java turns us into professional immortals? Wojtek tries to answer such questions or trigger the audience to rethink their approach to it. In a quite opinionated manner he will debunk some myths of Java developer ethos - basing on many observations and meetings with people from our industry.