Start to Flutter @ Flutter Live Sofia

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Flutter is a technology that has gained a lot of friction in the recent months. Now a big number of mobile developers and mobile-developer-wanna-bies develop their apps with it. Flutter has become so central for Google that they dedicated a whole event to it, broadcasting all around the globe.

Qualifast’s partnership with GDG Sofia has been long standing already, thus it is not surprising that our Mobile Development Lead Vassil Angelov opened GDG Sofia’s Flutter live stream with an introductory session. It seems Vassil himself is not big fan of the technology, bu, still, he decided to share with the public the basics of the technology, describing the initial steps one needs to make in order to start with Flutter.

Qualifast, as always, is delighted of the opportunity to share our knowledge with the community.

Qualifast – organiser of GDG DevFest Sofia 2018

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It is never easy to organise an IT conference. It is even harder, when the conference is part of international franchise with tens of thousands of attendees worldwide. Still, we at Qualifast are not scared of the difficult - we were a core part of the three-company pact that made the first Google Developer Group DevFest happen.

DevFests are great events where IT professionals of all functions gather and learn from internationally-recognized experts. DevFest Sofia featured interesting sessions from diverse domains, from Cloud, to mobile, ML, marketing and smart assistants:

  1. Cloud Native - effective computing at scale - Ignacy Kowalczyk - Software engineering manager, Google
  2. Google Maps Platform - Selen Basol - Tech Lead Manager, Google
  3. Building assistive apps with App Actions - Elaine Dias Batista - Assistant Google Developer Expert
  4. Mobile DevOps - Boris Strandjev - CEO, Qualifast
  5. How we built a successful cloud-scale product with GCP - Borislav Pantaleev - Full Stack web developer, MobiSystems
  6. The case for experimentation using Google Optimize - Peter Perlepes
  7. ML and I - Daniel Balchev, ML engineer Hyperscience
  8. Cultivating a Microservice Culture Via Tooling - Tom Vance - Holiday Extras
  9. The best of both worlds - achieving next-level code sharing between Flutter and the mobile web - Iiro Krankka - Flutter Google Developer Expert

We received great feedback for the sessions, which makes us especially proud as Qualifast was responsible for choosing the sessions,

About 24 hours before the event a huge blow to the planned program happened - two of the featured speakers were forced to cancel their sessions. Given this short notice, the organisers did the best they could - the keynote of Ignacy got longer and we added one additional session - Boris Strandjev, our CEO, re-did the "Mobile DevOps" session he did a week earlier at ISTA. The attendees appreciated this talk too and we were given the great honor to contribute content to the first DevFest in Sofia!

Presentation from Qualifast @ ISTA 2018

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Our CEO Boris Strandjev presented a session called “DevOps disrupted – mobile is the new master” during ISTA 2018 conference. He put the prism of the mobile development over the one of DevOps to show how those two combine for effectively done and successfully delivered mobile projects. It is a great honor that his submission was one of the few chosen for the main stage in a competition of many great speakers and topics.

“ISTA is a great conference, that started off as QA-only event, but gradually, in time, expanded to cover diverse topics across the IT industry. This year the attendees were more than 800, with many foreigners joining people from most big IT companies in Buglaria. One of the things that I particularly like about ISTA is that it is a joint venture between several companies from the very beginning, a proof that when we combine forces we are stronger than the separate parts.” Boris said after the event.

He also explicitly wanted to share his attitude to public speaking “I like speaking in front of public, sharing what I know with the community. You can ask anyone that gives lectures and he / she will tell you that you get to learn the topic a lot deeper when you present it to others. This occasion is yet another proof of that – after the session people taught me of tools and frameworks that I have not even heard of, but sound very promising!”