James Thomas – Speaker interview

James Thomas

James Thomas is a “Developer Advocate” for IBM Cloud, helping developers build scalable applications on IBM’s cloud platform. Having accepted a summer-long internship with IBM as “something to do” before starting his post-graduate degree, James is still here eight years later. Managing to find his way into the “Emerging Technologies” division, James has been able to work on everything from the largest retail banking site in Europe, been a leading open-source developer for a JavaScript toolkit before working on the first commercial system for IBM Watson as the UI Technical Lead.

Workshop: Building Serverless Applications with Apache OpenWhisk

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?
James Thomas is a Developer Advocate for IBM’s Cloud division. James is a huge fan of all thing serverless! He spends his time speaking at conferences, blogging or writing open-source code to share the awesomeness of serverless cloud platforms. James is a contributor to Apache OpenWhisk, the open-source serverless platform. He wrote (and maintains) the official JavaScript client library. He also created the OpenWhisk provider plugin for The Serverless Framework.

Q: Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Bucharest 2018?
I ❤️ serverless cloud platforms and want to share the awesomeness with other developers.

Q: Who should attend your session?
Anyone who’s interested in building microservices in the cloud without managing infrastructure.

Q: What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?
What is serverless? How do I use it? What are the benefits and trade-offs? Does it still use servers… (yes)?

Q: Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what are your other plans for this year?
Lots of speaking at other conferences about serverless cloud platforms!


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