I'm Samir.


Hey, you wandered over here.

Oh, yeah. So who are you, exactly?

Samir Talwar. I'm a software developer in London, England, working at Codurance. I help people make things.

Like what?

It really depends on when you're asking. At any given moment, I might be teaching someone test-driven development, the benefits of type safety, object-oriented programming, functional progamming, how to run a development team, which technologies to use, how the effects of decisions change over time, and anything in between.

I also like to create things outside work. Recently, I've been going back to basics, playing with the fundamentals of languages and paradigms, attempting to break them and recreate them as something else. Usually to mess with people, though there's often a point to the project too. There's some examples below.

My last project was Rekord. It's a new take on developing Java applications without the standard POJOs, builders, matchers and serializers we spend so much of our time writing. If you're sick of Java boilerplate (and Java 8 hasn't solved your problems), you might find it interesting.

I spend a lot of time shouting about code, software and the state of the industry on Twitter too. Incidentally, you should totally follow me on Twitter.

Cool. What else?

I'm interested in web development, functional programming, simple communication mechanisms and plugging things together. My GitHub page has a few random things I've been working on.

I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about processes and mechanisms for developing software the "right" way, whatever that might be. If you're interested in my musings, take a look at my blog.

So you're a developer.

Yup, but I don't just write code. I like sharing my knowledge and experiences with other people. I've run a conference, SoCraTes UK, as part of the London Software Craftsmanship meetup group. It's a three-day retreat in the Cotswolds designed to get developers to come out of their shells and teach each other about everything they can. I've also given talks at a number of events, ranging from five-minute lightning talks to a full hour of live coding on a projector.

Where did you learn all this?

I learnt a lot at university. I got my masters from Imperial College London in Computing. A lot of it is self-taught though. I've spent a lot of time before, during and after university teaching myself, mostly through going to random events around London and listening to what people have to say.

You seem like a nice guy. I'd like to talk to you.

Cool. You can email me at samir@noodlesandwich.com.

You seem like a smart guy. I'd like to hire you.

Alrighty then. If you like, you can take a look at my CV. Contact details are up above.