After the Free Software and Linux Days

Well, it’s been a great two days for me in the Free Software and Linux Days at Bilgi University. There was lots of great talks around (which I have given two:). As always I have enjoyed a lot and learned different things again.

Especially Chris Stephenson’s presentation about the functional programming was pretty cool and pushed me towards Scala instead of Java when using Play Framework (btw version 2.0 is out). What made me sad was the closing of the Computer Science department in Bilgi University. I mean, that’s pretty absurd and terrible for Turkey. They are also shutting down, half of the Dolapdere campus. I mean what kind of a University does that?

Anyway, you should probably follow this video web site: which includes lots of sessions. You can definitely find something interesting about it. Also some of this year’s seminars will also take their place too soon enough.

Thanks for everyone who worked hard for this event to take place. See you next year!

Meet You At Free Software & Linux Days 2012

As you may know Ozgur Yazilim ve Linux Gunleri is one of the most important events in Turkey about free and open source software and Linux. This year, as always, my company is one of the sponsors. The event will take place at the Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus. Thanks to everyone who is working hard enough for this event to take place. Cheers guys.

We will also be giving two talks:

  • The Dairy of a Project Manager: How I screwed my last project
  • Open Source Software Development Tools

Of course, I can never forget to mention my buddy Bekir Dogan, who will not leave me alone there :)

See you there!

ITU Clocodile Days Talk: Recipes for Cloud

Well, yesterday me and Bekir have given a talk about cloud computing at ITU Clocodile event. Foreign students from all over Europe, was visiting Turkey and we were one of the three companies (with IBM and Microsoft) who were giving education about it.
The talk was about what the cloud is generally, we tried to make an analogy with restaurants then we talked about why you should not move to the cloud and finally some cloud service examples. It was a pretty funny morning for me. It was a good English practice, now I’m ready to give talks in your country too :)

For all you guys interested you can find the the presentation here.

Drupal Sandbox Project: KMVC

As I always, I took my time to write another blog post. Again this one actually includes codes (but not here). I have started using Drupal for a project to a client. I was willing to work on Drupal for a while, but I never had the chance to look for it deeply or develop for it. Now I’m in with a sandbox module: Kmvc!
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Looking for Web Developer Enthusiasts for Kartaca

It’s been almost a month since my last post and this time I’m back with a recruitment option to you! I will strict this post to Turkish, as opposed to my previous posts because we are mostly interested in developers who live in Turkey. If you are interested keep reading!
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Playing With Play!

Followers of my blog will know that I’m not a fan of Java and its frameworks. I’m even more pessimistic for its future with Oracle but that’s not the point of this post.
For a school project I had been forced to write Java (please, there are other languages too…). Anyway, as a group we have debated on how to write it, as there wasn’t much Java developers in the group. Someone was arguing that we should be using Spring+Hibernate duo (they don’t make the trio so they fail :) and I suggested Play!. Not that interestingly, we have finally chosen Play!.
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About Large And Complex Software

It’s been a while from the last post as usual. This time I’m back about a topic we have discussed in the classroom with the instructor about Large and Complex Software. He said that you should design, write UMLs, create comment blocks (70% comments and 30% code) and write documentation for complex software. I opposed him that we don’t know how to write large and complex software.
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Why the nerd who does not leave his bedroom will not be a better developer

In my youth (like I’m not young anymore…), I had watched many movies that contained a nerdy guy who was not leaving his room and doing all kind of crazy stuff, hacking into banking systems etc. I was very awed with many of them and probably it was some of the things that inspired me to be a software developer. Yet after 6 or more years in the business, movies were just movies after all.
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