Once upon a time somebody said: “Let there be light!”, and our first Z Meetup was born. We took some time off from the enterprise-level challenges and tried to figure out more crucial things like Chinese or Italian food? Pink or blue light? Cats or dogs? In the end it turned out to be Chinese, pink and cats. We like feeling at home, so we made ourselves comfortable next to the red carpet (you see, we love red things – carpets, apples and hats) and were ready.

Ready to explore, dive into the ocean of shared knowledge, and we proved our own hypothesis by taking very consistent, deliberate, subjective and beer-secured  steps – not only dogs, but also we are smarter than we thought (as to the dogs we recommend a book by Stanley Coren “The Intelligence for Dogs”, as to Zabbix we recommend any of the books here).

Our first speaker was a guy who “knows it all” (a quote from another colleague of ours), however, to be fair, we have more Zabbixers like him. We just cannot stop learning. And dancing… Vjacheslav speaks Latvian, Russian, Belorussian, English, C, PHP, security and UI. And he looooooves Zabbix! Yes, apart from developing a top-notch monitoring solution we also have a lab where we produce perfect colleagues, please join us and enjoy this version 3.4.

Vjacheslav shared his experience on “How not to become abandonware” (in the minds of users while providing software updates) and how not to make your grandma scream when she sees an SQL error in a “I-thought-it’s-not-an-abandonware!” application (almost a true story from one of his Zabbix non-related projects). It turns out a fresh look is really important. Make some changes here and there, new logo, t-shirt, lipcolour and voilà! People feel not abandoned. Because taking care of yourself is the best way how to express your love for someone else.

We discussed also several cases of Zabbix, how we prove that we are there for our users and what else we can do. Because we can and we will! UI, security, mobile support, TODOs to be fixed…Wishlist – check, work in progress – check, more ideas – check. Sleep tight, Zabbix fans!

And here are some of Vjacheslav’s personal tips and tricks on the next topic presented by our colleague Gleb (“How to make a good-looking presentation if you are a programmer”). You may stop here and be totally content with your life or you may dig deeper and find out…that you need to dig more.

This is where we finally found LaTeX (an immediate joyful thought  of a cool mix of La La Land and Tex Mex burgers, that’s why many of us stayed till the end just to find out that it’s not. It’s better than that!). First of all, we tried to answer the oldest question in history – who am I? It took some time before we moved on to laziness being the cornerstone of evolution. Gleb admitted right away that he is a lazy-bones. As soon as we heard that in the job interview couple of years ago, we knew that Gleb was THE guy. Being lazy is the key to success and we want Zabbixers to be successful! Gleb created his presentation in 15 minutes and you wouldn’t tell judging by its complexity and pictures of well-groomed bearded women in it. Apparently both of these things made it look really professional and the audience kept asking zillion of questions (spot the bearded guy in the audience).

Also laziness helps Gleb to save more calories. We call him the Clairvoyant (or you may also use the old-school name “trend predictor”), and he needs A LOT of mental energy for delivering the most precise information possible to Zabbix users on what’s going to happen in their infrastructure next, what problems may occur and how you can clear your karma thanks to Zabbix. His lazy smart presentation for developers-presentation dummies taught us a great lesson and you can find out more on the subject here:


By bringing up beautiful examples of “complicated” getting “easy”, Gleb is and will be one of the most valuable speakers also at our annual Zabbix conference (you can check out his speech, for example, here), so don’t miss out on his talks at the next Z Meetups!

Happy, tired, and inspired – that’s what Z Meetup did to us. We have tons of other ideas and information to share, stay tuned, send in your ideas and requests, and be prepared for more!

To be continued…

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Andris Mednis
6 years ago

“…and how not to make your grandma scream when she sees an SQL error in … application…”

That is rapidly changing. Today there are grandmas trained in SQL and they might actually prefer to see details what went wrong to be able to fix it.


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