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Today's Umbraco MVP introduction is Lars-Erik. 

Thanks Lars for taking the time to send in your answers.

Lars-Erik Aabech


Job Title: Development Lead

MVP Status:

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How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

Owner found it by evaluating .net CMSes by installs. I actually wanted Orchard.

How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?

Since 2012. I love being able to contribute and discuss with such a helpful, welcoming and open community. I appreciate how hard it must be to accommodate all the different voices in the community. Super optimistic about the new RFC process and hope that'll make it easier to find a golden ratio of good development practices while still making the APIs and general system even more approachable.

Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?

Every year since 2012. It's one of my highlights of the year to meet new and old friends and discuss the future of the product. I've also been lucky enough to preach unit testing every year since 2016.

How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?

How did it feel when you receive the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?
All warm and fuzzy inside. :)

Has being awarded the MVP made you look at things differently / has it changed anything in your day to day life e.g. asked to do more Umbraco talks? Asked more Umbraco questions at your workplace?

I've been the Umbraco-guru in the workplace of course. But the main effect has been the opportunity to speak at several festivals and user groups. I really appreciate the token from Umbraco. Makes me more motivated to contribute more to the core. The only drawback is that work and family don't really leave much time for it.

If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?

Stick your head out!

Tell us about 1 of your most favourite things whether it's a band, a colour, a bit of software you couldn't live without, an item of clothing, a book, anything but tell us why you love it so much.

Creative programming of graphics and games. Since I got to play pong on my fathers' Apple II+ in 1981, I've been wanting to create stuff like that. Come the golden age of the demo scene, nothing have interested me more. I recently tweeted as a reply to "what would you do if salary, life and skillset didn't get in the way" that I want to do music composing, graphics, game design and -development. The answer was "so you basically want to be a paid demo-scener?". That pretty much sums up my dreams and ambitions. :D Meanwhile, I do business software on the .NET platform preferring Umbraco as a supplemental content provider and framework to keep everything in.

What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?

Meetings, helping my peers with their dev tasks, and a couple of days staying in the zone with my own dev tasks. The highlights are when we get to pair or mob on a new thing or a difficult problem. I've been lucky enough to get to teach Software Engineering and Testing at the local university college as well. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the students mastering good programming habits.

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

Gaming, Making, Piano / Guitar, Netflix with the wife, and of course playing with my kids. Lately we've been subscribing to tinker-crates from KiwiCo for both our kids. It's sooo cool too see the kids master STEM projects and creating all sorts of fun little things. Also starting "kids codes" at the kids' school with a couple of other parents. (See @kidsakoder)


Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?

<3 :)

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