JavaOne LA 2016 – Part 2 – Being a Speaker

It’s been really really difficult to keep on posting here… I got to deal with this!

On the second part of the serie “JavaOne LA 2016”, now I will share some thoughts about the amazing experience of being a speaker in a big event like JavaOne.

Some people would ask: “why being a speaker?”, “why give a talk in a conference?”, “why expose yourself?“.

For me this is all about improving yourself and improving your career. That’s why I decided to give myself a try this year and submit papers to some of the most important IT events in Brazil and in the World.

To prepare yourself for this kind of task you should use some skills that maybe you don’t use in daily basis (specially if you are a developer/architect like me). You need to research, write, prepare presentation, and research again, build demos… you need even to smile when someone ask a question that you have absolute no idea of what he/she is talking about!

(This last part I do in daily basis…)

Being at JavaOne LA was even more interesting as it is probably one of the biggest IT events in Latin America (if not the biggest one). There you can find tons of people to share experience and interests. And, even better, I could find tons of people that know much more than me and are much better than me in so many ways (not that this is a hard work to accomplish…).

Oh… talking about my talk… here you can see the presentation! ūüėČ

Worthy of mention are my friend Bruno Souza and Andre Carvalho. Our partnership was key to have this task done.

Next September we all three will be at JavaOne US (San Francisco) giving another talk. Surely another great experience worthy of a couple of posts!

Leave a comment if you feel like too… ūüėČ

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Think your career and move forward 

Today I will not share any architecture content, but a little career advice.

I’ve been doing what I do for 17 years and, of course, still have a lot to learn. If you think you don’t you surely should change your mind set…

One of the lasts things that I’ve learned is: think your career in a practical way and… take the actions that you are supposed to.

Seems to be obvious but… is it the reality in your career? Wasn’t in mine still some months ago.

We are attracted to some comfort zones and tend to feel relaxed once we find it. Don’t do it! Specially in IT market it is a career suicide.

What I did in the end of last year that are making big changes only six months after is:

  1. Found out where I was in my professional life
  2. Defined some challenging steps to get out of there
  3. Took actions as fast as I could

Guess what: the results are coming faster than I could ever imagine!

Would you try it?

Blogging course

I have never thought it would exist a thing like a blogging course. I always seen blogging as an empirical thing, specially for technical guys like me (though I always love to write).

Then someday somebody told me: “Do you want to create a blog? So check this site…”:

http://simpleprogrammer.com/

This person told me if I REALLY wanna try to run a blog, I should take the free course offered by this site.

Man, why the heck somebody would teach someone anything for free?“.

Well, the same answer¬†again: “Why not?“.

I applied for the course and still was trying to get how the things would work… and if they would work.

Now I really can tell you that was one of the best decisions I ever made. The course is given by John Sonmez, a successful programmer who find out how to use a blog to boost your career. And he teaches from his own experience.

The course also took me to start listening to Simple Programmer Podcast and it’s been such a great time in the middle of terrible traffic of Sao Paulo.

You may say: “Why are you so excited? You have just started your blog!“. Yes, this is true. And that’s why I am so excited!

The point of the course is not only creating a blog itself, but the whole things around it. John teach us about planning, focus, theme selection, career, search engines, self marketing and some other things. If I never become a successful blogger (though I believe I will), even then I can assure you that the lessons will be still valuable for my career.

If you wanna check it out, take a look at the site above or at the course hot site:

http://devcareerboost.com/blog-course/

You won’t regret!

Talking about dreams

Hey folks! What’s up?

Today I will talk about dreams. Yup, dreams. If you think that dreaming has nothing to do with your career, so maybe you need to make up your mind…

In the end of 2015 I received an e-mail from Bruno “Javaman” Souza (http://anonovoprojetonovo.com) talking about dreams for 2016. Don’t need to share too much details, but in the end of message he asked for anybody who feel like to send him their dreams for 2016.

Well I said “why not?”. At least to write a list would help me to organize my thoughts… And the list was:

  1. Get the OCM-JEA certification
  2. Write a technical article
  3. Be a speaker in some event

And then we started to talk to¬†each other about those items and how to make them real. In a couple of weeks¬†he told me about an opportunity to write an article to a major publication (will told you when it is published). Wow! Ok, let’s do it.

Next conversations was about themes, topics and how we would split the work to be done.

We choose a very nice topic and the article was done¬†successfuly… but the purpose here is to share with you how this was an amazing experience for me and how I think i will affect my career and the way I think about somethings:

  • First of all¬†being oriented by one of the most Java influencers in the world was an unique opportunity and a great experience. Bruno is a very nice person, has tons and tons of knowledge and is totally willing to help others;
  • Writing a technical article is not a kind of easy job. You need to research, test, write code, then research again, test again, write code again… And then write about it, and write again… Maybe while you are learning something new! If you are not used to it in your daily activities, maybe you feel a little uncomfortable in the beginning;
  • Having¬†a target of saying something valuable to others is great! You have to learn, you have to think twice before say anything and you need to be very careful on what you are doing.

This was only the first article. I am not willing to stop! And I am very sure that this will impact my career in a very effective way. Not only by learning and sharing things with a highly active community of developers, but also by the whole process needed to achieve it.

I truly recommend you to try it! If you want to just leave a comment to this post and will be my pleasure to help you as somebody did to me.

In the beginning

Hey you! Glad you are here, whoever you are…

I’ve started this blog specially to help myself in my preparation to the¬†Java EE Enterprise Architect Certification. I think if I keep writing and working on¬†it, my results will get¬†better constantly.

As a side affect, maybe my posts would help somebody anytime anywhere. Who knows?

My formal preparation will begin em January (yes, I will enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Day first). So for now I’ll try to keep in touch with WordPress. Maybe one post here and there…

Oh! At last, but not at least: my English is not so bad, and not so good. But so does yours, so I am cool with this.