Golang Chapter Meetup Berlin – Interview
We are happy to support the Golang community by hosting the next Chapter Meetup at our travel audience headquarter. To give you a better insight on what the event is all about, we have asked two of the chapter heads Natalie Pistunovich and Ole Bulbuk a few questions.
Tell us about the Golang community? What are the goals and how does it work?
To quote from the official Go website – “Go is an open source project developed by a team at Google and many contributors from the open source community.”
The language and the community are bonded from early on, the goals of the global community is to use the language and develop it, so it will keep growing and being the great tool it is.
How do the chapter Meetups work?
The global chapters meet every once in a while to talk about the language, the developments in the language and the development they do using the language.
Who should come to the Meetups?
Everyone who uses Go – whether as beginners, intermediate or advanced.
How old is the Berlin Chapter?
We started off in July 2011, that makes us a little over 7 years old! We aspire to keep being active and have our core group of members, who attend each event, and a larger group of attendees who join us for larger events like version release parties.
How does the Berlin Chapter differ from others … and where are they alike?
We are one of the most active communities globally, meeting every month and always have a large group of attendees. We are similar to other meetups with our passion for the language and having great people who work with the language daily, and exchange ideas at the Gophers slack.
Are there any costs to join?
It’s completely free, and you even get pizza.
How many people usually attend?
Natalie: We usually have about 60-70 attendees that are meeting every month to hear to two speakers. The speakers are either from the local Go community or from the global Go community who are visiting Berlin.
Ole: Like the people, the talks vary in technical depth a lot, too. Some are very technical like surprising compiler optimisations that defeat concurrency or monitoring and profiling the interface to the Linux kernel. Others are more experience reports with Go in general or with tools or libraries like tools for dependency management or libraries for database access.
What is your favorite travel destination?
Natlie: Norway! I’ve been there 4 times, and it feels like I barely saw a glimpse.
Ole: I love traveling to meet special people, who are inspiring and go beyond usual borders and concepts in order to help others.
What is your travel tip you want to share with our readers?
Natalie: Travel light. Everything you need for one week can fit in a suitcase, and for longer durations you can re-use.
Ole: Mine is to have clear priorities. It helps to make the most out of the limited time and with traveling light, too.
If you are in the area, please come by, but make sure to sign up here … and if you are looking for a new challenge applying your Go skills, please head over to our career page and check out our current openings in the IT department.