Adam Sandor

Ádám Sándor: Don't compare yourself to others! Compare yourself to... yourself!

Time is ticking and we are about to get in that car and take the famous ride! To make the ride more pleaseant we need a very good Senior Engineer, so we chosed our favorite one: Ádám Sándor. You will get to meet Ádám in person on 23rd of April, at the big Conference, and also on 24th of April, when he will bring you a very nice workshop on Kubernetes.
Until then, you can know a little more about Ádám from this interview that he gave especially for DevExperience!

DevExperience: What did you want to become when you were a child?

I was always drawn to computers and video games. For a long time I wanted to become a programmer so I could make my own games or improve the ones I was playing. Unfortunately I never got into game development, but maybe I make it my hobby some day :)

DevExperience: What is the story of your begining in this field? How did you start working in this industry?

I pretty much taught myself programming during high-school and jumped on payed work when I was at university. My first project was in desktop application development where I had to lead a team consisting of me and my two cousins. As I was responsible to our customer it was a hectic time working long hours but it was lots of fun, work travel and in the end successful delivery.

DevExperience: What have you learned from IT people in different cultures while travelling across the world with your work?

My feeling is that people in IT have quite similar experiences across cultures. I learned that the same problems are present everywhere and there are no silver bullets to solving them.

DevExperience: What are the main mistakes that you noticed that people in this field are making a lot?

Jumping on some technology thinking it will solve all problems. It is very important to see new development, but keep a cool head and always check whether you are solving the important problems.

DevExperience: What is your impression about Iași and Romania, on both touristic and IT level?

I didn't have much time to see the city but what I saw from my hotel room window looked really nice. Also the people I met at the conference seemed really nice and eager to learn.

DevExperience: What is your main advice for a junior who wants to develop a career in IT?

Don't compare yourself to others in terms of skills or carrier advancement. Compare yourself to yourself where you were a month or a year earlier. If you are getting better then don't worry about others, there will always be people who are or seem to be better then you.

DevExperience: What do you do for your both personal and professional development?

I try to not learn about everything, because I just get overwhelmed by all the new stuff. I set goals for myself for what to focus on in the next half year and try to get better in that area (currently it's people skills). In the meanwhile of course I keep my eyes open and do my best to internalise everything I learn on the job daily.

DevExperience: What is the greatest part of your job? What is the not so great part of it?

I'm working as a consultant and it really suits my desire to show people new and better ways to deliver software. I always had a genuine desire to transfer knowledge, it just doesn't feel right if it's holed up in my head. The downside of this work is, that by the time you really become part of the team at a customer, it's time to move on to the next project.

DevExperience: How would you explain to an old lady who knows nothing about technology what is it exactly that you do? :)

I explain to other engineers how to do their job better :D

DevExperience: Tell us more about the main ideas of your talk at DevExperience! Why should people register and attend the event?

Let's say you're a developer and you see all the hype around containers and Kubernetes but you don't know whether it's something for you just a new toy the ops department uses. I will explain the point of Kubernetes in terms of what it brings to Java developers, and why they should invest time in learning more about it.

Eager to meet Ádám? Then register fast and make sure that you got your ticket for the big ride!