I’ve got a passion for software, development and mobile gadgets that has followed me for several decades!
I think it’s a privilege to be able to work with something i consider to be my favorite activity (when not being with my family that is… ).
Alexander has taught evening classes in Windows Mobile development with C# at the Norwegian School of Information Technology since 2009 and took the the initiative to start the first and only Windows Phone based developer community in Norway early summer of 2009.
Throughout my career I have designed and developed a wide range of soft
ware systems. Among these are one of Norway’s first content management systems and B2B systems for telecom carrier NetCom and their chain of resellers long before the term B2B became common. I’ve also been the lead architect in the design specifications of the national food, safety and tracking system built for the Norwegian food and agriculture department due for release Q3/Q4 2010.
In December 2003, while I was working as an independent freelance IT consultant, I released my first mobile application called NT Services, a web based server monitoring solution for the IT department. NT Services helped system administrators to easily maintain core services and check server health through a Pocket PC device. In the December 2004 issue of Windows NT Magazine, journalist Jeff Felinge wrote:”…NT Service was in many ways far superior in functionality for a fraction of the price to any of its competitors…”
I have worked with professional software development and design for the last 16+ years and in May 2010 I left the position as CTO for mobile technology and senior solution architect for enterprise mobility at one of Norway’s largest IT companies ErgoGroup AS to join Creuna Norge AS, one of Norway’s largetst full service digital agencies to create a strategy for mobility into the norwegian market.
How it started
I am mostly self tutored, and started learning HTML in 1993/94. Started working as a web designer and developer in late 1994 in one of Norway’s first web development companies which held offices in the research park of the University of Oslo.
I have always been interested in technology and started using ASP (Active Server Pages) when it became available to developers as a dynamic web content system in 1996 and started learning .NET through 2001, and developed .NET based web solutions when it was released in 2002.
Through most of my career I’ve enjoyed working with small and medium-sized technology driven companies, or as an independent consultant. This has given me the opportunity to use my knowledge and gain a broad field of understanding of business processes and needs. My work includes development and design of search engine based on SQL Server, billing systems for call centers operators, internet advertising systems, content management systems, online shopping solutions and more. In ErgoGroup, I was leading mobile development projects for clients that include the Norwegian postal service Bring, European security company Securitas, and the Norwegian police force. Mobility solutions that has been deployed to Windows mobile powered devices and is running on close to 20 000 devices throughout Europe. I’ve also been the project manager of the offshore development of several smaller mobile solutions. This work was aimed to help ErgoGroup streamline routines for offshore development to its subdivisions in India.
I have several Microsoft certifications and is also a Certified Scrum Master, a title that was earned after attending CSM classes in 2008. In June 2010 I was awarded the Device Application Development MVP award by Microsoft.
Lecturing at the Norwegian School of Information Technology
At the beginning of the school year 2009 I and a (now ex-) colleague were asked by NITH if I could take charge of evening classes for 3rd grade students covering Windows Phone development using C# and the compact framework. After student exams was completed in December the class was voted one of the top ranking classes of 2009 by the students.
Windows Phone Developer Community
I took the initiative to start up and organize WPDC (Windows Phone Developer Community) because I felt that as device developers we fell a bit outside the general .NET developer community, and WPDC was announced at a Microsoft hosted session about Windows Phone 6.5 and the Marketplace in October 2009. WPDC not only brings existing Windows Phone developers together for discussions and presentations; it also promotes the use of Windows Phone and its development platform to developers in general. Hopefully it’ll continue to grow, cos it’s fun work.
Windows Phone Developer community is a meeting space where developers who focus on Windows Phone development can meet, discuss their work, and listen to technical presentations about windows mobile technology held by community members and other invited speakers.
This forum has also become a place where Microsoft and their Windows Phone dedicated developers can meet and discuss the needs and wishes from the developers’ point of view.