Andres Almiray – Speaker interview

Andres Almiray

Andres Almiray is a Java/Groovy developer and a Java Champion with more than 17 years of experience in software design and development. He has been involved in web and desktop application development since the early days of Java. Andres is a true believer in open source and has participated on popular projects like Groovy, Griffon, and DbUnit, as well as starting his own projects (Json-lib, EZMorph, GraphicsBuilder, JideBuilder). Founding member of the Griffon framework and Hackergarten community event.

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.

The session is titled “Java libraries you can’t afford to miss”. The motivation for this talk is to showcase a set of libraries that can be put to good use on a daily basis, be it for creating production code, testing code, or both. This talk reflects on the experience I’ve gathered across the years by participating in both open source and customer projects.

Q. Why is the subject matter important?

The Java Ecosystem is huge. There are libraries for pretty much everything. There’s no need to constantly reinvent the wheel in order to deliver that feature you’ve been asked for by your customers. All the libraries covered in this talk are open source and can be put to work with most projects right away.

Q. Who should attend your session?

All Java developers that would like to learn how to get better results by leveraging open source libraries.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

I’ve to say that the combination of libraries for both production and testing should give attendees a good feeling of what can be accomplished without having to build most code from the ground up. Also, all the code shown on the talk is available as open source, ready to be tested and studied by everyone.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2017?

I’m very excited about Voxxed Bucharest because I’m always on the lookout to learn new things. I’m also excited about future Hackergarten (http://hackergarten.net/) events that may pop up somewhere around the world. Finally I’m excited about the upcoming Griffon (http://griffon-framework.org/) releases we’ll have this year. Fun times.

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