I will be at Free Web Days

As usual, I will be giving a talk (and I will be a wingman for another) at the Free Web Days (Özgür Web Günleri) this year at Yeditepe University. My company is one of the sponsors and we are giving like 4 talks this year which is pretty amazing :)

Of course considering that we are only making web development, it’s understandable but still pretty good. So if you will be around on 19-20 in Istanbul, we will meet you there!

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: http://video.cs.bilgi.edu.tr/ 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.

Presentations on your Next Door

In my previous post, I had mentioned that I will be talking in universities about some topics soon. In the coming week, 14th of March I will at Ankara Ortadoğu Teknik University and I will be talking about my company Kartaca. What we do, how we do, who we are looking for etc. I wait everyone who wants to have “fun” for an hour or so :)

The same week on 18th of March I will be talking at Yeditepe University in Istanbul about “How Can You Write Bad Code?”. I will talk about real bad code examples and why they are bad. How they should have been. To understand what is “good” and what is “bad” you have to see samples from both. You cannot compare your codes because you don’t have enough “samples”. My purpose is to provide you these samples, talk to you about why they are bad and how the concept of “bad” is relative to the other “bad” codes.

Yet that’s not the end boys and girls. At 22th March I will be at Yıldız Teknik University, talking about: “A diary of a project manager: How I screwed up my last project”. Catchy name ha? Purpose will be what you should not do during a project :) What we generally think that is right in theory, how it all gets confusing once we try to apply them to the practical world.

I will also give another simple presentation in the school about “Open Source Software Development”, but it’s not open to everyone.

Perhaps we can meet there. I will be sharing the slides here but many of them will be in Turkish so you might need to use a translator for them.