Next week, I will be speaking at APEX Connect 2019 in Bonn. I am already very excited, but also a bit nervous, because it will be a new level: I will do two presentations and one of them in English.
I don’t know how other people feel about presenting in a foreign language. For me, it’s pretty scary and a lot of hard work. I’m not a spontaneous speaker so far, when I present, everything follows a strict plan. The shorter the duration of the talk, the more important it is that there is no struggle, no searching for words, not even phrasing things in a more complicated way.
Nonetheless I am very, very happy and grateful for this opportunity, because I will have the chance to present two topics which are really close to my heart:
Improving Tech with Compassionate Coding
There is a lot of suffering in tech and we can witness it on several levels every day – from flaws in our little tech helpers to the usage of derogative language towards others and ourselves.
Learn about a new movement in software development called Compassionate Coding and how you can use this human-centered, agile development approach to improve the quality of your own life and the life of people around you, to create better products and software and make them serve the people.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Wednesday, May 8th, 16:15 in Kameha Universal
Aber das hat gestern noch funktioniert – Testing mit utPLSQL
It’s a period of war in the galaxy and you, as developer of the Imperial Army, took over responsibility for their huge legacy database. Things are getting crazy when a might sith lord demands a last-minute change…
Practical advice based on a sample-project (Star-Wars setting!) how to introduce self-testing with the free open source framework utPLSQL v3:
- What are automated self-tests and what are they good for?
- Why should I invest time and energy to develop automated self-test for my database?
- Demonstration of techniques and strategies to get your existing (legacy-)projects tested
- Examples for meaning- and useful tests and mistakes you should watch out for
- Simple example how to develop new functionality via test-driven-development
- Thoughs on the testing “mindset”
- Presentation of features utPLSQL provides to help you develop reliable and automatable self-tests
Duration: 45 Minutes
Thursday, May 9th, 11:00 in Grand Event
Slides and Service
To make my presentations more accessible I will upload the slides shortly before the talks and make them available on this blog post.
Getting in touch
I know the awkward feeling very well if you want to talk with a speaker and have to somehow approach them and introduce yourself.
While it’s true that all the speakers are just humans and I am really enjoy to talk with the people at a conference, this information often doesn’t help to reduce the awkwardness. I experienced it to be very helpful to have a text introduction first.
So if you want to get in touch with me but feel insecure, text me via Twitter (DMs are open) and I will do my best to help you over the awkwardness. I am really looking forward to meet you!