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The first NETwork conference in Lviv is over: results and feedback

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On September 19th about 300 developers from Lviv, Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkiv, and other Ukrainian cities gathered at the expo-hall “Pivdennyi” to gain first-hand experience in most topical questions regarding Microsoft technology stack. Speakers from Germany, Spain, and the USA were talking about architecture, JavaScript, HTTP 2.0, using resilience patterns and code contracts.

This year we came up with a new concept: only one stream and only well-known foreign speakers. The event started with a speech by Daniel Fisher, a developer, teacher, trainer, coacher and speaker from Germany. He was talking about designing, developing and deploying rock solid applications that are getting more and more distributed.

“Network conference is worth a visit. I have almost never seen such a dedicated conference team and welcoming hospitality,” Daniel Fisher shared on his blog.

During his online speech, Hadi Hariri, an ASP.NET insider, developer, and book author from Spain, examined HTTP 2.0 specification, that had been recently completed and shared how it affected the shortcomings of HTTP 1.1.

The next speech by David McCarter began quite unusual. David, whose primary occupation is developing, consulting, and code reviewing, has played the guitar for over 30 years. He opens his speeches with short guitar intros, which are definitely remembered by the audience. He followed with the presentation on Code Contracts, that are a part of the .NET 4.5 framework. He shared his experience on using Contracts to improve testing via runtime checking, enable static contract verification, and documentation generation.

David shared that he spent few nice days at NETwork 2015 in Ukraine: Thanks for inviting me! I had an awesome time; I hope you will ask me back in the future.

Lee Brandt, a Microsoft MVP in Visual C#, developer, and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference, continued with JavaScript LevelUp session. He was talking about closures and how they help to modularize JavaScript, as well as about JavaScript design patterns and how they can take JavaScript skills to the next level.

The conference was great! All the attendees were really intelligent and engaged. The content was top notch! We had a great conversation with attendees after the conference about the IT fields in the US vs Ukraine and whether project managers should know more about how to code. Lviv is a beautiful city, and everyone in Lviv was very nice and accommodating. Thank you for an extraordinary event. I would love to speak again, says Lee Brandt.

The sessions continued with a speech by Juval Lowy, the founder of IDesign and a master software architect. In this session Juval explained his approach to the large system analysis and design, using volatility to decompose a system into its comprising services.

The conference ended with a networking party. Pizza and live music by a local band were warmly welcomed by the participants.

“It was a great pleasure for us to host the NETwork conference in Lviv. We were happy to meet and welcome all the speakers and provide a platform for sharing experience for specialists in Microsoft technologies. Looking forward meeting you at our next events,” says Valery Krasovsky, CEO at Sigma Software.