Speaker interview: Boaz Leskes

We are introducing to you some of the speakers of the next Berlin Buzzwords conference 2015. Therefore, we are interviewing #bbuzz speakers ahead of the conference. See what they responded …

Get to know Boaz Leskes.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Boaz Leskes, I am a Software Developer working at Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. In the last two years, I’ve worked on various aspects of Elasticsearch, including it's discovery module and replication code. I’ve had some hand in the making of Marvel, our monitoring add-on of Sense, a developer console to the Elasticsearch's JSON API. When not behind a computer, I might be on a boat rowing on the Amstel - one of the rivers going into Amsterdam.

How did you get started with developing software?
Too long ago to remember. My father bought an old Texas Instruments computer. The kind you have to re-type the entire program every time. He wrote some simple math games on it and at some point, I guess I got the germ.

Have you enjoyed previous Berlin Buzzwords editions?
Absolutely. It’s one the best conferences out there. Content is always great and even if you feel like taking a rain check, there is always some interesting talk outside.

Anything you are planning to hack on during Berlin Buzzwords?
Well, life goes on at an extreme pace and it’s hard to say what will happen a month and a half from now. I usually tend to have some pet project lying around, ideas I want to try out and see where they lead. At the moment, it’s a combination of extending Sense to allow to replay a series of requests (think a full reproduction for an issue, or some sequence of calls to debug something) and an alternative Translog setup for Elasticsearch.

Photo: Philip Kaden CC-BY-SA 2.0

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