David Schmitz

David Schmitz: Technoloy is not that important. People are!

When quality and professionalism meets humour and humanity there you have David Schmitz!

David is a Senior Architect at Senacor Technologies and he will speak at DevExperience about the tips for failing badly at Microservices. Let`s see a little David`s perspective on the event, on IT, on life!

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

Of course an astronaut. What else? Software developer was a close second (actually a game developer)

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

That honour belongs to my C64 and the Basic Programming Language manual. I was determined to “own” that machine since then.
Professionally, I started during my studies of computer science at RWTH Aachen as a student worker, hacking in Perl 5(!) and later in Erlang. Back then we laughed at Java (Oak), due to its ridiculous performance.
After finishing university, I stayed in the interactive TV field, coding awful interactive TV programmes ;) (I am NOT proud)

DevExperience: How things changed since you begun working in this field and how do you see the industry 10 years from now?

Everything and nothing. The tech-shift is of course incredible. Compare a JBoss from back then to today’s Spring-Boot containers. But at the end, things are the same. Technology is not that important. People are. This is not new, but surprisingly we keep forgetting this fact.
10 years? No idea. I guess, we will all bow to our AI-robot overlords and be used as batteries by machines. ;)

DevExperience: What are 5 top best developed countries regarding IT industry, in your opinion?

(I should say Romania, but I have no clue, sorry ;)

DevExperience: What do you know about Iași and Romania? Dont Google it! :)

There are Vampires, or am I mistaken? I bring garlic!

DevExperience: What is your advice for a junior who wants to develop a career as an Architect?

Do NOT strife to be an architect.
Strife to be a crafts(wo)man.
Do not bow to powerpoints or commitments other people make on your behalf.
Try to be a paragon of quality.
There are no shortcuts or magic silver bullets

DevExperience: What do you do for your both personal and professional development? How does a normal day looks like for you? What about a not so normal day?

Code, read, visit conferences.
My passion is technology. I really love coding. But above I love playing with my kids especially Lego.
Other people watch TV, I don’t. There is your time.

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

I am like a Doctor but just for computers, computer people and stuff.
I help fix the way people use computers so that they do not do evil stuff, but help improve the world, one step at a time

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

Main idea: you learn through mistakes. It is not about falling down.It is about getting back up and learning from your mistakes. But somehow, we - as an industry - keep forgetting the lessons of the past and that all the time. So expect: fun, sarcasm, some insights.
I expect: loud feedback, booing, cheering, (hopefully) laughing. And - I guess - some knowing nods.

Do you want to do all that when David is having his speech at DevExperience? Well, then better register fast and get your ticket now!