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Marta Kacprzak
We speak our mind and we listen to each other. Open communication, sharing information and mutual feedback give us the strength to develop.Marta Kacprzak
Communication Guild Master/Head of Communication
Great work supported by great people.

Our man at the .NET Developer Days!

What was it? A presentation at .NET Developer Days

Where and when? Warsaw, 19-20th October 2015

Would you care to hazard a guess at how much time we spend on internal and external training each year?

Think of number.

Now double it. Double it again. And you’re probably still not close to the actual figure of a staggering 18,000 hours. That’s a lot of training and a great deal of information. Luckily, our people soak it all up like sponges and remember every detail. The end results is that our people are experts in a lot of technical and soft skills.

Our .NET developers are certainly one group of people who are up to scratch in their chosen field—and that’s why we decided to give a presentation at the .NET Developer Days conference. It’s one of the biggest dedicated events of its type in Poland and is all about getting in an eager-to-learn-and-share audience and giving them the most unique and interesting speakers from all over the world. Naturally, unique and interesting are right up our street, so one of our number, Karol Tomaszewski, gave a presentation on the same stage as world-class programmer, teacher and speaker Scott Hanselman.

*.NET nerd warning: Non-technical types may want to skip the next two paragraphs!*

Karol’s presentation, JavaScript: Promise to never callback, was an idea that came to him a year ago as he spent his time reviewing and developing JavaScript code. His mind was set running by asynchronous calls.

*Spoiler alert: presentation content follows*

As he said: “There are many ways to handle them, of which promise seems the most popular and futuristic”. The main subjects he focused on his presentation were the following:

–  use of callback and what kind of problems it brings

–  use of promise and what benefits it brings

–  unit tests for asynchronous calls

Whilst it may be double-Dutch to many of us non-technical types, Karol’s presentation was a big hit with the Developer Days community. The attendance and participation were high, even though the technical difficulty of the talk was pretty far along the scale (It was ranked at a difficulty of 300 on a scale where 100 is a piece of cake and 400 is the kind of thing that brings people out in a cold sweat and they need to lay down in a dark room afterwards). But even a tough talk on asynchronous code isn’t enough to put off hardened .NET types; there was a queue of people who wanted to pick Karol’s mind afterwards and he got the chance to respond to a number of questions.

This is why we put in all the hard work and all the training. 18,000 hours is remarkable number but we know our people are remarkable and that they are worth every second. It’s always a pleasure for us to be able to help them develop and then see them go out into the world and share it with their peers, showing others the standard we’re setting.