As a follow up to last month's post on getting to know Vlado Atanasov, we move to Prague to hear more about Vojta Jakubec.

Tell us about yourself and what you do in your daily role?Jakubec: I work as a Software Developer Principal at Concur (owned by SAP) on our travel product. I used to be responsible for part of our shared infrastructure including Couchbase caching. Nowadays I'm more focused on conversion of our old tech stack projects to modern equivalents. However, I still serve as the go-to guy for our other dev teams regarding Couchbase and often provide advice and consultation.

 

Where are you based and what do you like to do in your spare time?

Jakubec: I live in Prague, Czech Republic. I love our city with its over thousand-year long history. My favorite hobbies are watching sports (ice hockey, American football, Formula One, …), photography and computer games.

 

What made you choose Couchbase?

Jakubec: This choice was actually made for me by Concur before I was hired. But looking back, I would have made the same decision myself. Back then the driving factor was native support for COM SDK which allowed us to use caching even from the oldest parts of our product. Today I would still pick Couchbase because of the transparency about how the whole system works and amazing communication on support of production issues.

 

What have you accomplished using Couchbase?

Jakubec: For Concur, Couchbase became an essential tool to allow us scale rapidly. Our customer base is growing at an incredible speed and if we didn't choose Couchbase several years back, we wouldn't be able to support this kind of growth.

 

What one feature of Couchbase do you use and what should people know about it?

Jakubec: My favorite new feature is the inclusion of Multiplexing IO in the .NET SDK since version 2.2.4. It is a long-awaited feature for us and I worked directly with Jeff Morris to help him get started with this IO pattern. It's off by default so you need to turn it on in config. Once you do, you get significant increase on data throughput while decreasing the number of open sockets.

 

If you could have three wishes for Couchbase what would they be?

Jakubec: World peace, clean renewable energy source and one large piece of tiramisu for me. 😉

 

What is your favorite book or author,and why?

Jakubec: As a kid I fell in love with several collections of short stories from Arthur C. Clarke. He would often present near-future scenarios where problems were solved by out-of-the-box thinking. His work helped me to start looking for out-of-the-box solutions as I got older.

 

 

Are you interested in becoming part of our Couchbase Champion program? Have you taken part in any of the following:

 

  • Senior developers, architects, consultants, academia and others using and promoting Couchbase

  • Blogs and webinars

  • Publish articles on InfoQ, DZone, etc. Talks at conferences and local Usergroups/Meetups   

  • Implemented real-world projects using Couchbase

  • Actively answering questions on Stackexchange or Couchbase Forums

  • Authored a book on Couchbase Maintain GitHub repositories, contribute code, translations or documentation to Couchbase

 

Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

 

 

Posted by Laura Czajkowski, Developer Community Manager, Couchbase

Laura Czajkowski is the Snr. Developer Community Manager at Couchbase overseeing the community, our incentive programs, Experts and Champions group, meetups, and defining our presence at developer events. She’s also responsible for our monthly developer newsletter and engaging with our community in various forms. Laura has been active in Open Source communities since 2000 and has been involved in various activities, including leading and organising conferences on software testing, documentation, and advocacy. Laura is an Open Source advocate and regular conference speaker who is passionate about getting people – everyone from primary school students to technology professionals – involved in Open Source communities both on IRC and in face-to-face discussions, she is easily found online at @czajkowski on twitter and on freenode.

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