Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

Leading the Blockchain Dev Camp at Iloilo, Philippines

Today, I am writing this article from my desk at Sofia, Bulgaria. But several days ago, I was saying goodbye to my new Filipino friends at Iloilo, Philippines.

I, along with my team at Kingsland University and Software University, just finished leading a one month immersive Blockchain Development camp there.

The Blockchain Dev Camp, Iloilo, Philippines

The experience was great. For both trainers and students.
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Speaking at SoftUnit Conference about Blockchain

SoftUnit Conference, Bulgaria is one of the largest tech conferences in Bulgaria. The event will be hosted on the 28 and 29 September at Paradise Center, Sofia. This year, I was invited to the conference as a Blockchain speaker.

The event is huge. There are more than 2000 attendees expected to come to this event. Also, the speakers front-line looks pretty well. Not because I am there, but because there are names which are some of the most well-known in the tech industry in Bulgaria.

And what am I speaking about? My talk is called “From Mining to Proof of Stake”. This talk will be about the problems Mining imposes on the Blockchain industry and the world we live in. Unfortunately, it is the most widely spread consensus algorithm in cryptocurrencies nowadays. So what are the alternatives? Proof of Stake? What’s that? How does it work? Why is it not massively adopted yet?

If you want to find out and you want to have a great time at an awesome event, come at the 28 September to Paradise Center, Sofia and I’ll meet you there!

From Embedded Developer to Blockchain Training Manager

From the start of this month, I am officially the Blockchain Training Manager of Kingsland University – School of Blockchain.

It was a tough decision to leave my previous company Ocado Technology, as this was the best company I had worked for yet.
But with this new opportunity, I decided to switch gears and leave the embedded industry.

Now, I am the manager of a blockchain training team, responsible for leading blockchain courses onsite and online around the world.
Apart from that, I am contributing to our blockchain development team as a software developer.
This is something entirely new for me and is a great challenge.

So, in two words – not doing embedded anymore. Now doing blockchain.

But do you want to learn how this all happened and what are my thoughts about it?

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Why bother presenting as a developer?

This week, I was invited to give a talk at Questers about the topic – Why should we bother presenting as developers?

The reason I gave this talk was because there is so much misunderstanding about the value we get from presenting as developers. You might think it is something totally unrelated to development, right?

After all, we are paid to write code, not talk about it. Instead of wasting time creating pretty slides, we can learn the new JS framework. That’s totally better!

Presenting is something managers do. Professional speakers do. And… that’s about it? Right? Right?

Well, actually. Presenting is something we all ought to do. Whether you are in software development, in sales or whatever. And in this article, you will learn what is the value of presenting for you as a software development professional.

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Pathogen – The Best Plugin Manager for vim

Continuing the Boost your VIM series with the next neat vim plugin – pathogen!

Last time, I showed you one of my favorite bash utilities (which happens to work so wonderfully with vim) – tmux.

This time, I will introduce you to my weapon of choice when it comes to plugin managers.

It’s called pathogen. This is the best and yet simplest plugin manager there is.

There are others, like Vundle, which I’ve tried in the past but none can beat pathogen’s simplicity.

It’s so simple (in fact, the total source code is ~250 lines), that this will be a pretty simple post as well.

So, if you’re ready to hack your VIM with some neat plugins, start with this one and make your life easier.

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