When he introduced himself to the team his exact words were "Some people like dogs, some like cats. Me, I like to drink tea", that perfectly shows his unusual way of thinking and... his unusual sense of humor. You can always count on his development skills and he is always more than willing to help, but beware! He has some kind of weird super power of finding new bugs. Few people know that in his free time he likes to make models and electronic stuff. For some reason he really likes angles.
There are no problems Krzysztof is afraid of. Always takes up a challenge and strives for success. He is also a great team player, always caring for the project. After work - a big fan of hiking in the beautiful Polish mountains. He fancies actively spending time surrounded by his friends.
Linux and Vim master, Ruby wizard, humble ThinkPad and WKS lover. Just one Jan is like a whole team of offshore programmers! Our unofficial ice cream provider.
A mature developer who always checks every solution, and invariably picks the best one. A master of sarcasm and irony, with both a fun and serious side. Dariusz is a bike enthusiast who rides one to work.
With Michał joining our team a population of both VIM and Linux geeks within increased. Do you need a backend feature? A frontend bugfix? Or maybe a data migration? Not a problem, throw any of them at Michał and you'll get them resolved in no time. Be sure there will be Daft Punk playing in the interim.
Back-end developer with passion and commitment. Everything he does must be perfect! Tomasz is a man with a big heart and principles. Always helpful and kind to others.
As a work colleague, Mateusz is always ready to find and share with you music that's matched to your mood. As a fledgeling engineer, he has an enormous appetite for learning. In addition, he is a great team player with a remarkable sense of humour. At the end of the day, as a Ruby on Rails developer, Mateusz is always prepared to write an API, fix a bug, or do a creatively inspired brainstorm.
Young guy with a keen mind. Gilbert is characterized by curiosity, passion and dedication that he puts in the work. He is a valuable member of any team. He never gives up!
One of our 'one man army' Joker and Linux geeks, powered by Yerba and Snickers. You can meet him in the silent area in the office, where he does great full stack work without any complaints, or on a walk with his enormous dog.
Hard working developer by the day and pole dance lover in her spare time. Zuzanna knows how to manage her schedule to achieve the best results. Always eager to learn new skills and face upcoming challenges.
You can call him a human-compass, because he knows where to find everything. Just everything. It doesn't even matter if it is in documentation or somewhere in the darkest alleys of the city. Spends his free time reading fantasy books, playing Jew's harp and looking for even more weird instruments to play. He also a great cook and is not afraid to experiment with his food and... drinks, just to find and share perfect combinations.
Always a happy and enthusiastic person, committed to work. Few people know that he's also a good singer and something of a guitar hero, too.
Radek knows his stuff like no-one else. Well focused on his work, he’s a solid developer and always willing to help. After hours, is an aspiring guitar player and a gluten-free junkie.
Daniel is a backend developer with a great sense of humor. He is also a hard working early bird, and from the early morning hours you can meet him at the swimming pool and the gym. Rumour has it that he is a great water polo player and an avid swimmer. While programming, he always strives for the best possible solutions.
A young, talented guy with lots of positive energy. He really likes solving algorithm problems and talking about them in the way that seems easy. Very dedicated to his work. After hours Ivan is a quite good billiard player.
Problems for Przemek are challenges. He is a very wise and ambitious developer with a head full of ideas. Working with him is a pleasure. He knows everything about gym and reducing diet. And his voice… He is our Frank Sinatra. Everyone knows his show in Jingle Bell Rock
Michał is a very modest guy. He is the kind of person that you can give a problem to deal with, and you know it will be handled well. He’s new on the project, and we’re throwing issues at him all the time, and everything is coming back to us resolved. We’re still trying to find his limit, a feature or a task he can't deliver.
Magda is a sharp and enthusiastic young developer, always looking for interesting problems to challenge herself with. This does not confine her to just sitting in front of a screen. On the contrary, she is able to dance pure Kangana Ranaut, while scripting something in Ruby, and drinking coffee from a cup at the same time!
Out of the box thinker and very honest workmate! Noteworthy are his great estimation skills which have often proved crucial to projects. He takes care of every detail, which is important in web development, as well as in his favorite sport - downhill mountain biking!
I heard that some people are a bit afraid of him, maybe because on the code review he finds everything; every little thing! A keen DOTA player and a very good developer, he will always gladly share his knowledge with you.
If you want to have your project done the right way, Wojtek might just be the best chance you get. Eager listener and extremely quick learner, so if you want to teach him something be aware that he might as well beat you at it. A genuine embodiment of responsibility and kindness.
Working with Kamila is a great pleasure, she always cares about the quality of the project from both the developers and the users perspective. She is really devoted to the projects she is involved in, so even weekends don't stop her from looking after some important project issues. I am sure that every project with her working as leader will be a great success! She has excellent bowling skills too!
A machine-gun quick developer, it is likely that he will have finished implementing the thing you wanted, before you have finished asking for it! Creative and enthusiastic in his work, he is eager to learn new things and is constantly improving his skills. Fond of sharing his findings and ideas with others, it is almost certain that no one has ever seen him without a smile on his face.
It has been said that he is an incarnation of a lotus flower - calm and harmonious. Others say that he is something of a party animal as the pleasure he gets from drinking beer with people is only overshadowed by the pleasure he derives from actually brewing it. The paradox of Tobiasz is that both perspectives are perfectly true, even as he is also always ready for a code review, while constantly striving to improve, and is ever eager to learn something new.
We’ve been playing with Ruby on Rails for quite some time —first attempts date back to 2008 when our former CTO Michał Szajbe was sharing his experiences in a series of blog posts, laying a foundation for the culture of knowledge sharing the back-end team still strives for today.
Almost seven years later, we thought we took Rails to the max by untangling monolithic apps and exploring the several service oriented architecture pattern in several projects.
AngularJS blurred a lot of lines between what we considered front-end and back-end development back then. It challenged us to think differently. For a while, it made us wonder whether we need a Ruby on Rails back-end at all. Why not simplify the API behind the scenes since most of the magic happens on the front? In the end, we stuck with Rails for its versatility and rock-solid foundations—but it was an interesting thought experiment that made us explore new directions. So experiment we did—Clojure, Rust, Go, Elixir, Scala, you name it. In the back-end team, we take nothing for granted.
At Monterail, we cultivate a culture of weekly dev meetings where everybody can share their technical experiences and discuss cross-project issues.
We also run a scientific circle at Politechnika Wrocławska where we teach programming and technological thinking. Our teachers try their very best to keep the classes interesting, practical and unconventional. It’s our way to contribute to the sharing culture of IT and web development.
This year was so packed with great ideas and new things to learn that it was
very difficult to select which ones to highlight here.
I can honestly say that it was another solid year at wroc_love.rb—the Polish Ruby community is really lucky that such a great conference is held right here in Poland.
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