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Meet Nelly: tea drinking vegetarian and happy web developer

Nelly Haglund developer_Edument

Nelly Haglund, web developer at Edument, gets along with (almost) everyone.

The latest addition to Team Edument is also our youngest member. The opportunity to create things from scratch combined with a large portion of curiosity steered her towards web development. Say hi to Nelly Haglund, Trainee web developer at Edument; a self-described happy and positive person who likes solving problems and has a strong disdain for birds.

Not afraid of trying
A few things become clear quite soon upon working in the same office as Nelly. She’s devoted to her work, she’s a vegetarian among quite a few meat lovers (at Edument Helsingborg), and she is not afraid to try things that she believes in.

”When I code I like to try every little thing I think might work. I’m not afraid of trying different solutions. I don’t want to exclude anything; it might prove to be the best solution”, she explains.

Nelly says that tasks may at first seem hopeless but once you start trying different solutions and see progress the feeling is very satisfying.

”What keeps you going is that moment when you’ve climbed a little hill and you start solving the problem”, she explains the appeal of web development.

Back-end more of a challenge
Nelly grew up in the rural town of Teckomatorp, a place you might pass through by train or find on a map slightly to the right of Landskrona. An interest in photography introduced Nelly to HTML and CCS when she wanted a place to showcase her photos.

For someone who has always been creative, Nelly’s problem solving skills are put to good use in her current role as developer.

”I always thought front-end was the most interesting. In school we focused a lot on back-end. Understanding the systems behind what meets the eye I found more of a challenge and, therefore, more fun”, Nelly explains.

Edument is the best place to grow and learn
Nelly has not yet chosen a field she wants to specialize within but does not think it unlikely that the choice may fall on React JS.

”As a student I spent both internship periods at Edument. I was at a larger company in the region for four days but didn’t like it. I wanted to go back to Edument so I did. This is the best place to grow and learn”, she says.

Guys say what they think
Being a woman in a line of work mostly inhabited by men is not something Nelly spends time thinking about. She says she only notices the relative lack of women when she thinks about it. Nelly says she notices a difference in the way male and female developers communicate.

”Guys tend to speak their minds when coding and checking code, whereas girls generally think more before they speak up”, she says.

It is questionable however whether this applies to Nelly herself. As a vegetarian among co-workers who prefer to eat meat, Nelly is a force to be reckoned with at the office.

Gets along with almost everyone
At Edument Nelly is good at adapting to new situations and works well with her co-workers. It’s easy to think she gets along perfectly with everyone. Yet that is not entirely true. A kind of individuals Nelly has a very hard time with are birds.

”I am not friends with birds. I’ve had my hair pulled by a bird, one bird pecked at my leg so I fell down from a tree as a child, and I have been chased by a swan”, she summarizes her infected relationship with the animal.

We are very happy to have Nelly onboard and look forward to seeing her develop her skills with us. And we promise to do what we can to keep her safe from harassing birds.

Connect with Nelly

Nelly’s photography

Nelly’s profile

July 14, 2016 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Meet Therése: the problem solving web developer

Therese Barmer_Edument

Therése Barmer, web developer at Edument.

Therése Barmer has a background in customer service, a fact that hardly surprises anyone talking to her. Open, outgoing and obliging, are adjectives that describe this web developer and new Edument employee very well.

Problem solving is the common denominator
Therése has held a number of different jobs prior to entering the doors of Edument. Previous employers include, among others, a café, a pizzeria and a shop. Understanding customers’ needs and wishes and solving their problems is not new to Therése, and it’s an experience that is likely to come in handy in her new role as Trainee web developer at Edument.

”Customer service is all somehow about problem solving. No days are exactly the same because different problems arise each day. Either a product is out of stock or something else has occurred and it’s your job to solve it”, she explains the overarching theme of her past employments.

The key to understanding
Therése’s dedication to helping others has manifested itself in different forms during the years. When studying, Therése worked part time as a private Maths tutor.

”Everyone can learn to enjoy Maths”, she says and explains; ”it’s all about finding the right key that unlocks your understanding”.

From physics to web development
Born and raised in Helsingborg, Therése left her hometown for Stockholm where she lived for a few years before returning to Skåne to embark on her studies. Maths and the natural sciences are favourite subjects of this customer service specialist. Physics and some practical philosophy was what Therése focused on during her time at Lund university.

”I also had a daughter before finishing my studies”, Therése adds.

At a career fair she began to understand the demand for programming experience among employers. Many of the recruiters she spoke with were looking for people with C++ experience. Therése decided to complete her skills and applied to a 2-year program in .NET development. It was as a student of web development that she met with Edument. The program contained two internship periods and both of them were spent with us.

”The second internship period was definitely the most exciting one. We got to work on a real project for a large customer with clear requests and deadlines”, she explains.

Knitting and working out
Therése is a woman with many interests. When not working in web development, spending time with her family, solving sudoku puzzles, and working out – often in front of the TV with her partner, are all things that keep Therése busy. Knitting is another one of her many hobbies. Perhaps contrary to the age group those interests might indicate, Therése is only in her mid thirties.

We are very happy that Therése has joined us at Edument and look forward to seeing her skills develop with us. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

June 14, 2016 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Meet Erik Man: mindful teacher and programmer

Erik Man, teacher and consultant at Edument.

Erik Man, teacher and consultant, when not working.

Since December of 2015 you find this Aikido practitioner at the Edument office in Helsingborg. Explaining complex things in understandable ways inspires and motivates him. It’s fair to say that Erik Man is a rather perfect fit as teacher, consultant, and programmer at Edument.

“I want others to shine”

From picking apart toys as a child to writing his first optimizing compiler at the age of fifteen, Erik has been on a long a quest for understanding things. However, nothing delights him more than being able to share his knowledge in ways that are understandable to other people.

“I think one of my main themes is to take complex things and making them more accessible to others. Whether it is by explaining, creating a tool or making a helper library, doesn’t really matter. I want others to shine”, Erik says.

Development, literally and figuratively, is dear to this previous Senior Software Architect. Teaching helps him stay on top of the game, constantly improving and questioning. Explaining and making complex things if not easy, then at least understandable and interesting, is one of Erik’s strong suits.

Personal development is not just a buzzword

Erik found his way to Edument through the recommendation of a friend who considered him and us a perfect match.

“It’s great to be able to focus on an area of personal interest in my job and develop my skills in that particular area. Personal development is not just a buzzword here, it’s something you are in fact encouraged to spend time on”, he explains and adds:

“I like the idea of feedback cycles; by evaluating my knowledge I can continue to improve, and teaching makes me reflect on my own ability to explain and make knowledge accessible to others”, Erik says.

Contributing to customers’ development

Erik enjoys several parts of the Edument culture, for instance the attitude towards programming — the focus on programming not for the sake of programming but for the applicability and usability of it, that prevails in the company.

“It’s important to keep in mind that what we do, teaching and consulting, is aimed at serving customers and that we, in improving their knowledge of code and programming, are contributing to the development of their products and services”, Erik explains.

The many different tasks in a typical week at Edument is another side to the job that Erik is particularly happy with;

“One day you’re completely devoted to a project, the next day you’re teaching a course, often in a different country. The variety is exciting.”

What is Erik up to?

Erik is currently teaching  C++ for experienced developers and Parallel and Heterogeneous Computing with Microsoft PPL & AMP.

June 2, 2016 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Meet Klas Tauberman: designer and Edument consultant

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”Curious, patient and accommodating”. That’s the three words he chooses to describe himself with. He looks forward to getting teaching experience and to start working on transforming the way Edument is perceived. We sat down for a chat with Klas.

Designing our future

We live in a world full of uncertainties. One thing, however, we can be rather certain about. Our visual identity, the presentation of our course material, and our website, are about to change. Our developers can also look forward to being supported with graphic design and the UX/UI perspective in their work. The reason we know this is because we just added a new member to the Edument team; Klas Tauberman. With experience of graphics, visual design, illustration and UX/UI design, he is sure to make a highly visible mark on our communication.

”I look forward to start working on implementing a new design for our website and developing the new visual identity. It’s the first time I get to do that from beginning to end”, Klas says about one of his first projects as an Edument employee.

A friend of CodeBuddy

Klas has previously worked at Malmö-based Tactel as well as at BlackBerry. At BlackBerry he met fellow Edument consultant Stephen Lau. Since late May of 2016 the two of them are colleagues once again. However, Klas was not a complete stranger to Edument when he joined our team. He has, in fact, produced a film for us in the past.

The film is about our CodeBuddy service. A CodeBuddy is a developer that mentors you in your environment and helps you solve your particular problems; a way of learning new skills outside of the traditional classroom environment that has proven very successful.

The Lion King makes him cry

When not by his computer Klas likes to exercise. You won’t find him at the gym, however. This designer prefers using his own body as resistance and is no fan of machines, when it comes to working out, that is. Instead you may find him running in the city of Malmö where he also resides with his family.

”My job is also my hobby”, Klas explains and adds that he always has several ongoing projects that interest him. Klas gives a very calm and collected impression, like there is hardly anything that would unsettle him. When asked if he would like to share anything we don’t know about him, this is what he says:

”The Lion King film makes me cry. I always find it sad when Simba’s father dies.”

We are very happy to have Klas on our team and look forward to developing with him.

May 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Meet Stephen: traveller, programmer and teacher

Stephen Lau having lunch during one of his many travels.

Stephen Lau having lunch during one of his many travels.

Stephen Lau is one of Edument’s experienced teachers and consultants. With a diverse background ranging from the Canadian government, to Firgelli (a company making linear actuators) to BlackBerry, Stephen is no stranger to neither programming nor travelling.

What brought him to Edument?

Stephen is no fan of using popular and strong expressions such as, for example, being ”passionate” about things. He does, however, seem, if not passionate, then at least very keen on travelling.

”As someone who loves to travel it’s fantastic to have a job that allows me to find time to take trips both for work and to take time off to wander”, he explains and adds; ”the flexibility of the company and variety of work are two of the best things about working for Edument.”

When leaving BlackBerry, Stephen was reminded of Edument by some friends who thought it might be an interesting place for him to work. He had initially heard of us in a presentation and when our name came up once again he decided to look into us. Stephen met up with our founders, Acke and Tore, and the rest is history.

”After a few months working here I can say that the flexibility and interest in personal development makes Edument very different from any company I’ve worked with before”, Stephen explains.

What has he been up to lately?

A project for a large customer in China and the preparation of new courses currently take up most of his time. Stephen works closely with the Chinese customer in order to define the product and understand the customer’s needs. Ultimately he and his colleagues are in charge of proposing and implementing the solutions.

Together with Erik Man he has recently written a course on Parallel and Heterogeneous Computing. They also forked the open source reveal.js presentation framework and adapted it for Edument to help us better design and brand our teaching material. This means we can look forward to improvements in our printed course material.

Stephen is also making sure our interns are mentored in a good way and that they are being sufficiently challenged so as to acquire new skills.

We’re very happy to have Stephen on the team and look forward to having him on board for many years to come. On his profile page you find his skills and background listed.

P.S. Stephen is the author of a travel blog. Get a glimpse of his adventures. Follow him on Twitter to make sure you’re up to date with his work and whereabouts.

Take one of Stephen’s courses

Stephen is currently teaching C++ for experienced developers and Parallel and Heterogeneous Computing with Microsoft PPL & AMP in C++.

May 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

”Depåbesök i hög fart”

050707-F-3961R-002 	Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and a B-2 Spirit bomber fly in formation over the Pacific Ocean on July 7, 2005.  The Strike Eagles of the 391st Expeditionary Force Squadron and the stealth bomber from the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., are deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to maintain a continuous presence in the Asia-Pacific region.  DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force.  (Released)Vi är snart inne på mitten av juli och en stor del av våra svenska kunder har påbörjat sin semester. Detta brukar av erfarenhet betyda ”depåbesök” för Edument med en hel del vila, planering och budgetering.

Årets ”depåbesök” har visat sig innehålla mycket mer, Edument drivkraft är Utveckling, Kompetens och mycket utmaningar. 2015 har bjudit på mycket utmaningar vilket har gjort att vi jobbar i skift under sommaren och håller hög fart, speciellt på våra uppdrag i öst.

I dagsläget har vi Tore i Hongkong, Jonathan i Prag och Eric, Fredrik & Carl som nästa vecka påbörjar Projekt i Peking och Shenzhen.

Hemma i Sverige introducerar vi nyanställda samt driver ytterligare rekryteringar som nyligen slutförs av Björn från solstolen i Frankrike. Utöver allt detta jobbar Paul Histrand med arrangemanget kring vår årliga konferens Community Day och planerar våra utbildningar till hösten.

Några nya namn under våren ha det också blivit.

Vi började året med en kreativ och stark rekrytering Björn Lindell som har förstärkt vår ledningsgrupp med sitt starka fokus på personal och utbildningsfrågor.

Christopher Travers Som förstärkt vårt team inom Perl, SQL, Python, BigData mm. Christopher kommer från Washington och har flyttat till Skåne med sin familj.

Sheldon Keeping blir en medlem i vårt lärarteam samt förstärker vår Git och continous-integration kompetens ytterligare. Kommer senast från Blackberry och har flyttat från Kanada till Skåne.

Vikiet Chung Blir en del av vårt in house team och en framtida lärare.

Stephen Lau Kommer förstärka våra projekt i Kina samt lärare inom olika programmeringsspråk även Stephen har flyttat från Kanada till Skåne och kommer närmast från Blackberry. Stephen är även nationell guldmedaljör i robotbygge.

Ytterligare experter är på ingång och kommer presenteras inom kort.

Rekryteringstakten är i ett led av att allt fler globala bolag vågar utmana vår kompetens samt att våra utbildningar växer. Utmaningarna till hösten kommer vara att bemanna samt bemöta den efterfrågan vi har på våra etablerade och nya utbildningar, slutförandet av 4 stora projekt samt utveckling och etablering av Edument i Prag.

Vi önskar er alla en fantastisk sommar.

Med vänliga hälsningar,

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Acke Salem, VD & Grundare

July 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Looking forward to our Exploring NoSQL Community Day!

In just a week,  it’ll be time for our next Community Day! These events are always a good deal of fun and a also provide a great way to learn some new stuff and get new perspectives. We’ve been fortunate to bring in some excellent speakers over the past Community Days to speak alongside us regulars from Edument, and this time is no exception. Both Greg Young and Rob Ashton have not only used the technologies they’ll discuss, but played a part in building them.

The title of the event this time is Exploring NoSQL. The word “exploring” is important here. In fact, the first title that I proposed for the event was “Polyglot Persistence”. The idea of polyglot persistence is that we embrace using multiple persistence mechanisms in our systems, rather than pretending one approach – today, usually relational – fits all problems in all parts of our domain. While that didn’t end up being the title, it’s still a core value of the event. This is why we’ve got talks on a range of alternative data stores: document databases, graph databases and event store.

It’s not that any one of these options is “the magic answer”, nor is it the case that relational is this old hat thing that we must replace. The relational model has its place too; it’s just over-used and mis-used in places where we have better options. Just as we can build software more effectively by embracing multi-paradigm programming, I believe we can also be more effective by taking advantage of non-relational persistence mechanisms in the places they solve problems.

There’s been plenty of hype around NoSQL – which really means non-relational. My hope is that this community day will be a chance for us to explore some of the alternative data stores out there, understand what they have to offer, and see what problems they can help us to solve. Not because they’re the “in thing”, but because sometimes, they can lead us to better software.

 

//Jonathan

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February 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

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