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Dev of the Week: Nikita Salnikov-Tarnovski

12.11.2013
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Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Nikita Salnikov-Tarnovski, founder and Master Developer of Plumbr, a Java memory leak detection tool. Some of his most recent DZone posts include:


    Thanks for talking to us! What have you been working on lately?

    We at Plumbr are not yet ready to announce our next new feature, so this I cannot tell you about. But hiring new developers and adapting our ways of work to a larger team has taken a lot of time recently.

    You're the founder and master developer of Plumbr, a memory leaking detection tool for Java apps. Plumbr has had quite a lot of success lately. What has the experience been like growing something you've worked so hard on?

    Very satisfying feeling of your life going exactly where you want it to...

    Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?

    IntelliJ IDEA and Jenkins


    Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) that you've contributed to recently?

    Between Plumbr, family and pursuing a PhD there is no time for open-source contribution :(

    Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?

    DZone is of course a very warm campsite, where a lot of good authors gather. RebelLabs publish quite interesting articles from time to time. Heinz Kabutz's newsletter provides a workout for your brain. The Mechanical Sympathy blog reminds you about what lies beneath. For Russian-speaking readers, Razbor Poletov is a podcast worth subscribing to.

    Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?

    Estonia has very strong traditions of science competitions for school kids, called Olympiads. I think that participating in Olympiads in Mathematics and Informatics set me on this path.

    Anything else you'd like to mention?

    I am very proud to be creating a tool that helps so many developers world-wide. And I would like to stress every part of the previous sentence. I strongly believe that every developer should be proud of his work. I believe that good tools are essential for our success. And helping other developers to become better in their everyday job has been part of me for so many years.

    Thanks, Nikita!

    Check out Nikita's blog and Twitter!