Build Stuff brand represents and organizes international conferences focused on software development. Back in 2012, it was the first conference on software development in the Baltic States. Since then, Build Stuff has branched out and today connects a series of events in Spain, Ukraine and Lithuania.
The goal of the conference is to boost developer community, as well as equip them with useful knowledge and skills that they will be able to continue using after the conference.
This year Adeo Web developers have set out on a journey to expand their knowledge on building stuff. All of them going to the same conference would be too easy, so they’ve decided to visit both Lithuania’s and Ukraine’s conferences. And so Karolis and Simonas visited the event in Vilnius and Aurimas, Edgaras and Tomas travelled to participate in Build Stuff in Kyiv.
The conference had tons of interesting speakers and topics: everything from AI to web, architecture to cloud, leadership to trending platforms, programming languages to IoT.
One of the most unique speaker notes was about Rockstar programming language created by Dylan Beattie. With the help of this language the programming code is converted into sound, allowing you to program music and become a “Rockstar developer”. Funnily enough, there are a lot of companies that publish job ads for “Rockstar developers” and by getting to know this language, you can apply to these job ads without a worry on your mind.
Another interesting topic was covered by Kevlin Henney. The speaker note had a catchy title “Full Stack Development”. This was a trick though, because Kevlin started his speaker note with the words “Here I will not talk about full-stack development, but I will talk about full stack development”. To explain (and probably kill) the joke – the speaker has done some witty inside-joke-ish wordplay. Full-stackers are developers, proficient in various parts of the development process: backend, frontend, hardware, etc. However, when you take the phrase “full stack” word by word, it means one of the programming elements. Kevlin then talked about how different programming languages handle the same input in a different manner and how the same action in different languages will produce different results.
These are just a couple of tasters – overall Build Stuff covered the most relevant topics in software development today. Our developers were especially fascinated with speaker notes by Philipp Krenn, Glen Henriksen and Randy Shoup. You can find the live recordings for the full conference here. And make sure to visit the event next year – it’s definitely worth it.