One of the things I like to do is to share what I know with other people, for that, I like to do either 1:1 mentorship when time allows, but most commonly I like to speak at conferences, meetups or any kind of event where my knowledge is relevant and people are interested in what I have to say.

I've spoken on several events in both English and Spanish back home in Venezuela as well as in the UAE, Poland and Pakistan and I've been invited to other conferences in Spain and South Africa.

I have a set of talks already prepared I've given at different conferences and I'm preparing many more. If you're looking for speakers for your event and anything here calls your attention, drop me a line so we can talk and coordinate how I can speak at your event. If you think there's something you'd like me to talk about and it's not here yet, let's talk



Software Engineering: more than writing code

We, as software engineers, are so focused on getting better and better at writing code we forget about other aspects of the software engineering role, we do (and have to do) many other things in and around software than we realize, in this talk I go through the difference between a programmer, a software developer and a software engineer, stressing on few soft skills which are needed to be successful in this career.

Duration: 45 to 60 minutes

Given at: Private event

Django in the real world

There are a lot of projects and systems out there built on top of django. From complex high profile systems and intranets to simple websites and personal blogs. Truth is, in most of the cases the out of the box django setup will suffice, but in some cases, if you're lucky enough, the team will need to make the project scale to serve thousands of requests per minute.

There's no recipe to scale a project, that's true, but there are some strategies and techniques you can apply to your django project to improve your system's scalability and take more out of your available resources. All of this requires to have some clear Software Engineering concepts, know your stack and take advantage of other tools to measure your project's performance to know what and where to optimize.

In this talk, we will study some of these strategies, using some problems we've faced at different companies I've worked for as case of study. We will go through the issues we faced on some of our services and how we solved them with real life examples.

Duration: 30 to 40 minutes

Given at: PyConPL 2017 (Ossa, Poland), PyConPK 2017 (Lahore, Pakistan) (via Zoom), PyConBalkan 2018 (Belgrade, Serbia)

Code review the right way

Sometimes, as Software Engineers, we are so hooked into the process and overwhelmed by deadlines and so focused on writing code that we forget the quality of that code is not only measured on a green build, it's also measured on how much other developers can understand it.

Nowadays, developer's time is more expensive than machine's time, so, the amount of time an engineer takes to understand a piece of code is more expensive than the time a server takes to execute it, in the end, you want your teams to move faster so your product evolves and ships faster, that's why it is important to follow universal standards like PEP8 and set your own, but you can't stop there, you need to enforce them somehow.

In this talk we go through the process of automating repetitive and obvious things to enforce standards and good practices through all the codebase in a distributed team, by using a set of tools such as linters, static analysis and processes like Continuous Integration, as well as examples and good practices for manual code review, how to do it properly and in an efficient manner and how to receive it the right way

Duration: 30 to 40 minutes

Querysets can do that?

The ORM is one of the most underused parts of django and yet, one of the most powerful tools this full-stack framework offers out of the box, it is there to make of life easier and help up retrieve all the information we need from the database when we need it and in the most efficient possible way, we only need to know the right keywords.

Duration: 30 to 40 minutes

Given at: PyCon Balkan 2018 (Belgrade, Serbia)


Introducción a las artes marciales con Python

Es una charla de advocacy en el uso de Python como lenguaje para principiantes con conocimientos de programación o que quieren iniciarse en ello y ya han realizado algún tipo de investigación previa y aún no deciden con cuál lenguaje empezar.

En esta charla repasamos con ejemplos ilustrados algunos conceptos básicos y diferencias entre Python y otros lenguajes populares.

Duración: 20 a 30 minutos

Testing: la etapa olvidada

En todo proyecto de software los requerimientos deben ser implementados para ayer, esto no nos deja mucho tiempo para pensar la solución más óptima para el problema que tenemos a mano ni mucho menos para escribir pruebas automatizadas que verifiquen que nuestra solución, al menos, funciona como se espera. ERROR!

En esta charla repasamos los beneficios del desarrollo guiado por pruebas (TDD por sus siglas en inglés) así como la importancia de escribir pruebas a distintos niveles para asegurar que nuestro software tiene el funcionamiento deseado y que, más allá de eso, cuando estemos mejorando nuestra solución estemos seguros de que si hacemos algo que rompe el funcionamiento normal, una prueba fallará y nos dirá exactamente qué estamos haciendo mal. Además, veremos los argumentos más frecuentes en contra de las pruebas unitarias y cómo responder a ellos, así como también distintas herramientas basadas en Python para solventar varios de los problemas comunes a la hora de escribir pruebas. Al final, se muestra un ejemplo usando varias de las herramientas mencionadas.

Duración: 30 a 40 minutos

Dada en: PyDay Aragua (Maracay, Venezuela)

Comunidad: orden dentro del caos, caos dentro del orden

La unidad básica de organización en el mundo del Software Libre es la Comunidad de usuarios, las hay en todos los países y es común que organicen eventos y se comuniquen a través de una lista de correos, canal de IRC, Slack, Whatsapp, Telegram o cualquier medio que resulte conveniente a los miembros, es común que haya algo de inactividad y que siempre haya gente queriendo hacer algo y esperando a que alguien les apruebe.

En esta charla expongo mi experiencia en PyVE organizando varios eventos y ayudando a otros a organizarlos en otros estados de Venezuela, cómo mantener la motivación y la moral alta en una comunidad donde hay muy pocos usuarios acivos y cómo generar moméntum para hacer cosas más grandes.

Duración: 20 a 30 minutos