Roche Software Conference

100% FREE
Warsaw, October 23rd 2015, Friday

One day software development conference
with world-class experts

Stay tuned! Code4Life 2016 registration will be open soon!


Code4Life 2015 turned out to be great!
We are really glad that all of you participated and would like to thank you very much for being part of this event.
If you missed the conference don’t worry! You can find here videos of all lectures and plenty of photos in the gallery.

See you in 2016!



    Dr. Venkat Subramaniam

    Venkat is an award-winning author, Java Champion and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.
    He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is regularly invited as a speaker at several international conferences.

    The Art of Simplicity

    We've been told to keep things simple. It turns out, that's easier said than done. Creating something simple is, well, not really that simple. If simple was sitting next to us, would we even recognize it? Is my design simple, is yours simple? How can we tell? That's a simple question, but the answer to it is... well, come to this talk to find out.

    Core Software Design Principles for Programmers

    Creating code is easy, creating good code takes a lot of time, effort, discipline, and commitment. The code we create is truly the manifestation of our designs. Creating a lightweight design can help make the code more extensible and reusable. In this presentation, we will take an example-oriented approach to look at some core design principles that can help us create better design and more maintainable code.

    Rediscovering JavaScript

    JavaScript is one of those very powerful languages that is often misunderstood and underutilized. It is quite popular, yet there is so much more we can do with it. In this presentation we will deep dive into the capabilities and strengths of this prominent language of the web.


    Dino Esposito

    Dino is a long-time speaker, trainer and consultant.
    He’s an author of many popular books for Microsoft Press for .NET developers.
    Tennis fanatic and bad player.
    Hungry for innovation, less for technology.

    The impact of UX on software architecture and design

    One of the most dramatic changes brought by the Internet is the ease with which demand and supply could match. This is now a consolidated aspect in business and life, but what about software architecture? More and more often, software is expected to reflect real life so demand and supply must match as in the real world. This attaches growing importance to user experience and to systems designed around a solid UX, which is just what the user likes. Such a basic fact has, however, a surprising number of side effects on the role of technology, methodologies involved, design and architecture patterns, and the to-do list of software architects and engineers. Right from the battlefield, this session gives you a quick summary of the principles for managing and building software effectively today.

    Pros and Cons of Responsive Web Design

    All customers want web sites that can be easily consumed on a variety of devices. We developers call this “responsive”. Responsive is quite a vague term, though, and lends itself to a number of interpretations. Responsive is, for example, a browser-led solution that uses CSS media queries and libraries like Bootstrap. Responsive is a solution that builds every page on the client using custom JavaScript logic and libraries like AngularJS. Responsive is a server-side solution that intelligently serves markup to detected devices. Finally, responsive is also a solution that just routes users to the most appropriate, independent web site (typically called an m-site). In this session, after a review of various options, we focus on building an ASP.NET multi-device solution that goes well beyond the use of Bootstrap for adapting content. Our solution will use client-side and server-side form factor detection (a mix of feature and device detection) to guarantee proper experience for each class of devices and to support a selected set of use-cases. You’ll still have just one ASP.NET project to maintain but, you gain the extra power of serving up ad hoc HTML views to devices rather than the same (presumably quite larger) HTML content just shaped up via CSS. Overall, the session presents a more powerful approach that extends the classic Bootstrap-based Responsive Web Design approach for building cross-platform mobile solutions and web-responsive browser-based apps.

    Common scalability practices that just work

    A site that responds slowly may take customers off to a competitor; but a site that collapses on high volume of traffic stops business, sets a bad reputation and, in some cases, may even make the company liable for something. In software, scalability refers to the system’s ability to handle a growing number of requests without incurring significant performance loss and failures. Whichever way you look at scalability, achieving scalability relates in some way to performance. Yet scalability and performance are different concerns that should be addressed independently. This talk is about concrete ways to “improve” the scalability of an application; it’s not about techniques to write an “absolutely scalable” app. It looks at common practices employed by successful sites rather than marketed products or technologies. At any rate, no recipe will ever work without some deep knowledge of the data and processes of the business domain.


    Adam Waltman

    Adam is Principal IT Expert at Roche Poland.

    Presentation describing the upcoming IT challenges for a big pharmaceutical company

    I will explain why Roche is organizing Code4Life and describe the challenges: proliferation of Genome Sequencing, difficulty in analyzing huge amounts of data and managing a complex landscape of systems.
    Rather than giving answers, this presentation asks more questions!


    Meet the Organizers