I’m excited to announce that I’ll participate as a speaker to the first NDC London. I’ll be delivering my talk pretentiously named You Thought You Understood Multithreading, a deep dive that starts from the lock keyword and CPU microarchitecture and the Windows kernel.
For those who don’t know the NDC concept: this is an awesome combination of top-notch content and undeniable fun. The serious side is taken care of by a wide board of speakers, ranging from recognized personalities such as Robert Martin and Scott Guthrie to less known innovators (like me!) and luminaries.
As for entertainment, the NDC team could not find a better partner than Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks. I can only talk of what I’ve seen the last time I was at NDC. This was in Oslo in June 2011, two months before the twins got born and the two-years self-inflicted house arrest that followed. Richard kicked off the party by the hilarious story of how the teenager he was acquired a 4MB hard drive (as huge as a washing machine) and filled it with… ASCII p0rn. Then Richard joined with guitars and they start playing, guess what… rock! They are not named .NET Rocks without a reason. The second half of the evening was guaranteed by a local rock band. I forgot the name, and just remember I was picked by the security team after having tied the laces of the lead singer’s shoes and taken him on my shoulders. Hem. I didn’t know I was so strong. I was happy to wake up fresh enough to give my talk in the first slot of the next morning.
Lesson taken: you don’t want to miss the NDC party, but as the speaker you don’t want the first slot after the party.
I’ll be in London between December 4th and December 6th. If you want to meet up, discuss how you love PostSharp or how it sucks, please contact me and we’ll set up a date. And make sure to attend my talk on Thursday.
On June 3rd, we announced that we would support those affected by the floods and pledged to donate to a local flood relief fund 50% of all online purchases completed during the state of emergency.
On June 7th, as floods started to subside, we sent $2,000 to Caritas, a well-known charity association.
“It is extremely important that we all band together and support one another during such difficult time. We sincerely appreciate the generosity and community spirit of all donors. Your generous help will enable us to support families affected by the flood in Kralupy and its surroundings,” says Barbora Kovarova, director of the local Caritas of Kralupy nad Vltavou.
For the whole team at PostSharp Technologies, I would like to express our warmest thanks to all customers who contributed to the donation.
When I first moved to Prague in 2004 I heard many tales from locals about the devastation caused by the floods of 2002 which killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion dollars of damage across the country.
I heard tales of rescue: brave souls risking their own lives to save elderly neighbors and pets.
Tales of losing it all: families without homes and cars; historic photo albums, artwork and libraries of books now gone forever.
And tales of starting over: communities coming together in solidarity to rebuild their lives; a city slowly restoring to its former beauty, one street at a time.
I remember thinking to myself, “thank god flooding like that only happens every 100 years.”
Just yesterday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation as swollen rivers caused by days of heavy rain threatened Prague's historic center and forced evacuations from low-lying areas.
And the waters are STILL rising.
In an effort to support the beautiful city to which we call home, and all those affected by the current Prague flooding, PostSharp Technologies is donating 50% of all online purchases to a local flood relief fund from now until the state of emergency is lifted.
Please keep the city of Prague and the Czech nation in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and we will keep you updated on Twitter as news comes in.
Now is our chance to be part of a new tale.