I’m a phd student at the University of Liverpool. I’m researching high performance computing for computational biology of the heart.
What are you hoping to get out of Dev8D?
I want to become a better developer. I spend a lot of my time in academia where people work with code but aren’t necessarily very good software engineers. It’s a good opportunity to come and learn from people who write code. I had a really good experience last year and learnt a lot from doing it – it was a really enjoyable few days. I made a few contacts that I maintained, strengthened existing contacts, and met someone from my own building who I didn’t know existed!
I’m struck by the scale of Dev8D this year compared to last year. There’s more people, more structure – it has literally moved out of the basement.
What kind of skills are you hoping to gain or improve by being at Dev8D?
I’m interested to learn a couple of new languages, especially achat sur internet Clojure, and to try to improve knowledge of Python. I want to learn more about web services as I intend to go into a web development job when I finish my PhD in September.
What do you think your institution gains from you being here?
I was a better programmer when I got back last year!