I’m pasionate about many things: my family, my spare time and hobbies, travelling, good coffee , beer and wine, and last but not least programming and software development. I’m currently working for Statoil ASA as a senior developer / software architect. This has brought me to some interesting challenges and some wonderful new learning opportunities over the years. My spare time I spend with my family or pursuing my hobbies and interests.
I also have some time for sports, mainly bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. This year’s goal is Skienern at Oppdal in late february and Birkebeinerrittet from Rena to Lillehammer in late August.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’m very passionate about software development. In addition to being my profession, it is one of my hobbies. I spend a lot of time trying to keep my skills fresh. I’m a big believer in Agile Software Development, and have been since we had the fortune of having Eric Evans and his team with us to teach us about Domain Driven Design.
Since then I’ve studied many of the agile methods, in particular XP and Scrum, but also Lean Software development and Crystal. It is especially the core practices of XP that fascinates me, being a developer at heart. I’ve particularly come to love Test-Driven Development, even though it was hard to do at first.
I’m also trying to program as much as I can on my spare time. I always have a project or two going on at home. At work it is strictly Java, so I try to do other stuff at home, like Ruby and it’s excellent web framework RubyOnRails. If you haven’t tried Ruby, you should! It is absolutely fabulous! The main reason is that the language stays out of your way and lets you express your ideas cleanly without a lot of code just to satisfy the compiler, or in Rails case the framework. Beautiful! The Reading Backlog app is a simple thing I cooked up in Rails, which was really just a couple of hours work.
I have the honor and pleasure of having been asked to serve as co-technical chair for this year’s Saturn conference. This year will be the 12th annual SEI Architecture Technical User Network (SATURN) conference in San Diego, California, and I’m responsible for the program. My co-chair is Amine Chigani from GE Software, and we also have a number of experienced people from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon on the program committee. At the moment we are in the middle of sorting through the many excellent submissions we have gotten this year, and I think this looks very promising. We hope to be ready with a program by the end of the month if everything goes well. In addition to the submissions we will have Grady Booch from IBM/Watson, Daniel Jackson from MIT and Joe Salvo, Director of GE Global Research. There are also some excellent invited…
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