Roberto was born in Venezuela, but he has spent most of his life in Coimbra – Portugal, where he currently live. He is a professional Java Developer working in the software development industry, with more than 8 years of experience in business areas like Finance, Insurance and Government. He works with many Java based technologies like JavaEE, Spring, Hibernate, GWT, JBoss AS and Maven just to name a few, always relying on my favorite IDE: IntelliJ IDEA. Most recently, he became a Freelancer / Independent Contractor. His new position is making me travel around the world (an old dream) to customers, but also to attend Java conferences. The direct contact with the Java community made him want to become an active member in the community itself. For that reason, he has created the Coimbra Java User Group, started to contribute to Open Source on Github and launched his own blog, so he can share some of the knowledge that he gained over the years.
Do you ever wanted to have a freelance experience, but don't know how to get started? Do you think that becoming a freelancer is too much of a risk to trade with your stable job and steady income? Do you want to control and steer every aspect of your professional career without relying on someone else doing it for you? Maybe you feel unhappy with what you are doing and need a change? Or maybe you're just adventurous enough and willing to try something different! Come to my lightning talk where I'll discuss a few major points about doing freelance based on my own personal experience in the Java world, and hopefully this will help you clear up your mind and make your own decision about trying to freelance someday.