Every year Oracle host a series of developer events across the world called Oracle Code, they are in 15 different cities globally and on may the 30th it's coming to London. You can get your free ticket here.

I thought I'd list my top picks for the sessions not to miss.

High Performance Managed Languages

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. | Auditorium
Martin Thompson

The session promises to explain how managed languages can build apps that are as performant (I know that's not a real word) as those written in native ones. I'm interested primarily because I write almost exclusively in managed languages with garbage collectors (C#, Node and more recently Java), and I'm curious to understand what the real word performance compromises are. Lots of people tell me I should look deeper into Go for this very reason, so I'd like to get more information.

Honey, I Shrunk the Container

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Room A
Ewan Slater

I saw this talk in Warsaw, and it was excellent, Ewan showed how you could create more efficient containers and explained the benefits of doing so. The reason I'm attending again is that I want to catch the name of the open source tooling that he used to make containers svelte as I didn't take notes and had to leave ten mins before the end of the session due to a video commitment.

Database DevOps and Agile Development with Open-Source Utilities

12:10 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. | Room B/C
Susan Duncan

I was in a meeting recently with a customer that had a massive and very old Oracle Database as part of their application architecture. They were struggling to integrate it into a DevOps workflow. They asked for my advice, but I didn't have that many solid suggestions. I'm hoping to learn more about this area because DevOps books and training rarely talk about how to deal with the database other than abstract it away in testing or break it down into a microservices architecture.

Building Event-Driven (Micro)Services with Apache Kafka

1:55 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. | Auditorium
Guido Schmutz

I've only used Kafka in demos, really interested in understanding more about it and so excited to dig deeper in this session.

In the Life of a Robot

Martin Cookson, Linus Hakansson
2:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Martin and Linus are both great people; I've been working on the DevStar game that Linus will be running at the event (which I also recommend you have a go at, you basically have to shoot down an alien warship by deploying microservices). Also, Martin paid for my dinner at Christmas, so the least I can do is show up for his talk :) It's also an intriguing concept "AI,has anyone ever looked at it from the perspective of the bot". I've written many bots over the past three years so It will be interesting to hear what the have to say as I know that both have massive experience in this area.

Democratising Serverless: The Fn Project

4:05 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. | Auditorium
Thom Leggett, Matthew Gilliard

Thom and Matthew are both great speakers and have a ton of knowledge about serverless since they work on the fn project down in Bristol. I'm a big fan of the project and look forward to learning more about this positive Open Source project.

If I Can Do It, So Can You!

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Auditorium
Dr Sue Black

My old Microsoft college Lee Stott told me about Sue a long time ago, suggesting I follow her on twitter and go to see her talk whenever I get the chance... Well, this is the first chance I have had, so I'm taking it and looking forward to it.

So that's what I'm doing. How about you? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure you register.