Guest Session – The Essence of DevOps with Richard Campbell

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October 17th, you are invited to a new RABS Guest Session!

Relevant for everybody working in software development from kickoff to delivery.

Extremely relevant, if you have ever experienced the real “tension” of working together.

DevOps is about making software better – by bringing everyone involved in software closer together, including (but not limited to): domain experts, architects, developers, designers, testers, security and operations. This session takes you through the DevOps culture, focusing on people, process and tools (in that order).

You’ll learn how to get the conversation started between the teams, how to bring the teams closer together, and how to ultimately become one team (we’re all in this together)! Understanding DevOps is about focusing on what’s important: building and delivering the best software you can.

Richard Campbell has been involved with microcomputers and software since 1977. His career has spanned the industry both on the hardware and software sides, from manufacturing to sales, service, game development, line-of-business software and large scale systems. Today Richard is on the board of directors for Telerik, a leading vendor of development, team productivity, automated testing tools, UI components and content management solutions in the Microsoft space.

He’s a partner in PWOP Productions, creating a variety of multimedia programs including ‘.NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers‘, a podcast produced twice a week for more than 250,000 listeners in 150 countries. In addition he’s the host of ‘RunAs Radio‘, a podcast for the IT Professional using Microsoft technologies.

In the fall of 2011, he helped launch a third podcast called ‘The Tablet Show‘, focused on the emerging tablet and mobile market. Richard is also a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP and speaks at conferences around the world.

Richard is at his second visit in Cluj, this year, and we challenge you to help us show him that we are a community worth revisiting!

Time & date: October 17th 2013; 18:00-20:30

Place: Hotel City Plaza (Ballroom Conference room)

Fee: 50 RON (25RON for RABS members)

Further details and registration


Guest Session – Intelligent Evolution – Part 2: Darwinian Management, with Peter Leeson

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This autumn starts at RABS with Peter Leeson.

On September 24th, we invite you to a public talk and Q&A session titled: “Intelligent Evolution – Part 2: Darwinian Management”.

Title: Intelligent Evolution – Part 2: Darwinian Management

Abstract: Within an organization, the concept of revolution rarely works. The idea of throwing out everything that was done previously and replacing it with some new management theory or work practice does not necessarily lead to the expected results. Instead, it leads to demotivation of the skilled staff and the rapid departure of the most skilled, experienced and valuable staff members.

Progress within an organization needs to be based on the concept of improvement rather than innovation whenever possible, taking the good things, the experience of the successful people, who have been doing their work successfully for many years and using that as a seed for growing the new practices and work environment.

Peter Leeson is an old friend of our association and we are honoured by his openness in response to our invitation to dialogue on the topics above. He has a 40 year long career in software development and is currently a visiting scientist la Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA). He is also an internationally recognised speaker, consultant and process appraiser. Presently, he is not only a certified CMMI lead appraiser, but also does quality assurance and development work in improving and rewriting the various courses of the CMMI Institute.

Peter’s name is already familiar for those of us who attended his presentation at ITCamp 2013 and RABS Guest Session in 2012 in Cluj. He promises to deliver his newest thoughts in the same engaging manner we are used to see.

Time & date: September 24th, 2013; 17:30-21:00

Place: Hotel City Plaza, Sindicatelor 9-11, Cluj-Napoca

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Workshop 2013-07 – Hybrid Enterprise

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We’d like to invite you to a new RABS Workshop.
Following up Levente Veres’ session from last year: “EAI: Myths and reality”, you’ll have the opportunity this time to hear and learn about the challenges of a Modern Enterprise. Public and Private clouds, APIs, integration platforms, security, management & control, all the ingredients that end up in what we call: Hybrid Enterprise.
Lorand, our speaker, shares his experience and insights, most relevantly for (in translation, discussions will be relevant (and enjoyable) to): Senior Software Developers, Software Architects, Solution Architects and Integration Specialists with focus or passion for Software Architecture and the Integration trends.

Title: Hybrid Enterprise
Presenter: Lorand Gabos-Szoverdi, Solution Architect
Date & time: August 1st, 2013; starting 5:30PM
Location: Cluj CoWork, Emil Isac 23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Workshop 2013-04 – Function Point Analysis

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After a long winter break, as soon as the sun started to shine again, we’re happy to invite you to learn about a new topic (for RABS): Function Point Analysis.

Ionel Mihali, a long time user of this methodology is happy to share his experience and guide you into the basics of FPA by example.

So, join us for a presentation and a hands-on lab to learn a method for measuring the size of your project.

Title: Function Point Analysis
Presenter: Ionel Mihali, QA Officer
Date & time: April 25th, 2013; 5:30PM
Location: Cluj CoWork, Emil Isac 23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Details and Registration

Romanian Conferences in May

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We bring to your attention some of the technical conferences that are taking place in Romania in May 2013 which we recommend and advertise here.


IT Camp is already a well-known technical event of Cluj-Napoca, being the largest premium conference on Microsoft technologies in Romania, at its 3rd edition. This year, it takes place in 23rd and 24th of May. This edition has three tracks which gather well known Romanian and international speakers. RABS is again represented among the speakers by Sergiu and Florin who talk on the Architecture & Best Practice track. We are also saluting Peter Leeson who is coming again to talk at a tech event in Cluj.


I T.A.K.E. Unconference proposes a different format for a technical conference by focusing on code. It is the only technology agnostic conference in Central and Eastern Europe. It takes place in 30 and 31st of May in Bucharest. The program is on five tracks which favors informal talks, debates and live practicing with the speakers and among the participants. This format may prove to be an efficient way to learn useful practices. RABS will attend through Florin who is going to propose a discussion on Unit Testing and Code Quality in an Open Space session.


Romanian Testing Community Conference has reached its second edition. It takes place on the 16th – 17th of May 2013, in Cluj-Napoca. This year it gathers 8 international speakers and two local speaker in a program organized on two tracks. The entire event will be officiated by Scott Barber. The second day is dedicated to two full-day workshops conducted by Paul Gerrard on “How to create a test strategy” and Andrew Harding on “Performance Testing (Back to the Basis).

Global Day of Code Retreat 2012

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We invite you to the Global Day of Coderetreat in Cluj-Napoca!

Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. Last year, over 1800 passionate software developers in 94 cities around the world spent the day practicing the craft of software development using the coderetreat format. This year, we are proud to put Cluj-Napoca on the map.

This event in co-organized by RABSCode CampCluj.rbJUG and RONUA .

Interested in pairing with other passionate developers in practicing unit testing, TDD, pair programming and other XP techniques? Interested in trying out other programming languages? Interested in spending the day practicing the craft of software development away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’?

Find more about this event! Reserve your seat, here!


This is a free event thanks to our sponsors:


Want to join the sponsors list and to be seen as a supporter of passionate developers? Write us!

Workshop 12-09 – Patterns for Parallel Programming

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We are happy to announce the presence of a very popular international speaker to present and answer your questions at one of our workshops.

After more than 40 years Moore’s law is still going strong, and it looks like it will continue to do so for at least ten more years, and the free performance lunch is over, unless we change the way we think and program our applications.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about patterns for parallel programming from Tibi Covaci, who shares his experience and insights, most relevantly for any (in translation, discussions will be relevant (and enjoyable) to): Senior Software Developer, Software Architect and Solution Architect with focus or passion for Software Architecture, regardless of their favorite technologies.

Tibi is a Microsoft MVP & ASP.NET insider, Telerik MVP & Insider, INETA Speaker, IASA Speaker, and the INETA Country Lead for Sweden.

Title: Patterns for Parallel Programming
Presenter: Tiberiu Covaci, Senior Trainer & Mentor
Date & time: October 2nd, 2012; 5:30PM
Location: City Plaza Hotel, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Interested? Find more about this session! Reserve your seat, here!

Visual Studio 2012 Launch

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Is Visual Studio your primary IDE or Test tool?

Then the new Visual Studio 2012 will interest you. Instead of watching the launch at home, alone, join the free event organized by CODECAMP, RONUA and RABS to see the launch live and discuss it with your friends and peers.

The event is sponsored by Microsoft Romania and hosted by ISDC.

Date & Time: September 12th, 2012, starting at 18:30PM
Location: ISDC Building in FLoresti (Polus)

Details and registration:

See you there!

Newsflash – August 13th, 2012

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As we are growing and have more and more things to share, e-mail just won’t make it. Starting today, we’ll try a new way to update you on what’s new. This will be our News section on the site. We’ll still ping you via e-mail just to make sure you won’t miss anything, but the main content will be here.

As of today, August 13th, 2012, we have the following to share:

On November 19, 2012 we’ll start our one-week “The Architect’s Master Class” with Richard Campbell. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Architect’s role in our dynamic software development industry from leading experts. Read more:

On August 30th, 2012 we’ll have our third workshop this year. The topic is Enterprise Application Integration and will be presented by Levente Veres, Design Lead. Read more:

We recently had a great Expert Session with Peter Leeson called “Can Process Make You Happy?”. For the first time, we made the live recording available as a screen cast on Vimeo. Slides are available as well, both on Slideshare and Scribd (printable). Pictures are available on our Facebook page.

We also released the slides of our June Workshop on Architectures for Enterprise Mobile Applications, presented by Cristian Retegan.

As always, your feedback, suggestions and ideas for future meetings are welcome through our Contact means.

Workshop 2012-08 – EAI: Myths and reality

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We’d like to invite you to a new RABS Workshop.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Enterprise Application Integration and discuss about: Concepts, Problems, Myths, Reality, Tools & Techniques.
Levente Veres, our speaker, shares his experience and insights, most relevantly for (in translation, discussions will be relevant (and enjoyable) to): Senior Software Developers, Software Architects, Solution Architects and Integration Specialists with focus or passion for Software Architecture and the Integration trends.

Title: EAI: Myths and reality
Presenter: Levente Veres, Design Lead
Date & time: August 30th, 2012; 5:30PM
Location: Cluj Cowork, Emil Isac 23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Interested? Reserve your seat, here!

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