IBM Mainframe (Cobol & PL1):
I’ve been working with Cobol and PL1 for more than
25 years now. Mainly working in the banking industry, I’ve accumulated experience in sectors like
accounting, pensionfunds and insurance as well. I’m a responsible, precise and reliable developer, who’s
making sure everything’s working according to the specs before giving the green light for deploying my work.
I put much emphasis on testing and documentation, which are very important parts in the big scheme of software development,
really. I have worked in three different countries, for startups and worldwide companies, as a consultant, a freelancer
(CaminoReal Consulting) and regular employee, in cross-technology teams using agile and waterfall methodologies as well as
on and off the IBM host.
If you want to learn more about my career you can always download my current CV
When I started out developing fantasy games (2000), I had
to use a programming language and databases suitable for the internet. I was already able to use HTML, which I had
learned right at the beginning of the internet age. First I tried out ASP and Access databases, but that proved to
be too much of a hassle. The better option was using PHP in combination with MySQL databases. This also worked much better
for developing stuff on my own PC/Laptop, since it is really easy to set up a development environment on your own computer. Due to my job, I already
had a lot of experience in the field of programming and PHP was fairly easy to learn. I still regularly develop online stuff
using these technologies, like applications for following my investments or NBA scores, but only for my friends and my private use.
Online Fantasy Games:
My first huge project on the internet was bringing these type
of virtual games to Europe. Having been very popular in the United States for a long time, they have yet to take a proper hold in
Europe. Fantasy games are strategical online games, where you pick real life players for your team and they collect points
according to their real life stats (like goals, assists, etc). I ran games for soccer, icehockey and american football,
mostly with the fantasy points format, but some also with the pick’em format. Competitions included: European
and World Championships (soccer); World Championships, Olympics, Swiss National League (icehockey); Finnish Maple
League (american football).
Over the years the website just grew bigger and bigger, but due to limited time and money, the marketing effort
was subobtimal. Therfore the page didn’t get the amount of regular users I had hoped for. Keeping these games up-to-date
and submitting the stats regularly took a lot of time, and I felt that the balance between my effort and
the number of users just wasn’t right. So I decided to stop developing fantasy games sometime in the mid-2000’s.
Last edited: 11 January 2022