Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
In exchange for a couple of stickers today's Community Corner entry agreed to send me some answers to the Community Corner questions.
There was a bit of confusion about the last post from Gary and it was thought this was still part of my MVP series. Sorry about that, I decided to go back to introducing individuals from around the corners of the Umbraco Community and let you get to know them a bit better.
I've a couple of other blog series plans, one includes interviewing all the new 2020 Umbraco MVPs that were announced, but just now, it's community members I'm interviewing.
Today's featured member is Kristoffer Sundberg, a burger eating, jazz loving Umbracian.
Name: Kristoffer Sundberg
Twitter handle: @framtiden
Hi! I'm Kristoffer Sundberg from Sweden, currently living with my small family in Göteborg on the west coast. I work as a web developer at Raket (Swedish for 'rocket') and I'm also a musician. If you see me att Codegarden 2021, say hello! :)
How did you first hear about Umbraco?
My current position is at Raket but before that I was at a product company. I actually didn't get the position I applied for there, because of the CTO at the time who said "Listening to what you have to say about yourself, I think you should meet with the team leader of the web team instead". So, after meeting with the big bearded web team leader, I started working with the web team. They were just about to start looking into Umbraco, this was about five years ago, so I've been working pretty narrowly with Umbraco - as an extension of that specific product - since then, up until just recently when I decided to "try my wings" so to speak.
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
Well, now, I'm with this agency and it's different from working for a product company in the sense that I get to work with a broader variety of clients. At the moment, I'm working with a client that, based on our suggestion, has decided to move their content management to Umbraco so we're doing that with a sort of step by step strategy.
When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?
Well it's a bunch of car flipping, bingo playing maniacs ain't it? ;)
Very friendly, lots of love. :)
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Well, I would like to get closer to the community. Most of that is on me, but I think also maybe it's a Swedish thing? That you're a bit reserved maybe, not generally taking as much part in the whole community concept? Like, when corona hit, you know, there was this meme floating around making fun of Swedish people saying something like "social distancing? well yeah it's just business as usual for the swedes"... But I think there's some truth to that, we should probably work on being more active in taking part.
What's your favourite music to listen to?
Oh, buddy, that's almost impossible to answer... My own music is pretty good. ;) Nah, but seriously, it's a tough question because my music interest is vast. What happened just recently though was that, after spending years playing indie rock, I sort of re-discovered jazz. I started out with the intention of becoming a jazz guitarist but then sort of drifted away from that path when I realized all the fun that came with rock... This was when I was about twenty years old. So, I did the indie rock route, touring smoky German clubs four times a year for a long time. Had the time of my life, really. But, now, I'm almost forty with two kids and a new found interest for jazz so my new goal is, once again, to become a decent jazz guitarist. So, naturally, there's a lot of jazz records spinning at home. I love digging for vinyl so I spend a lot of time in record stores.
What's your favourite food?
Guess I'm a burger boy. Can't seem to get tired of burgers.
Have you ever been to Codegarden? Did you plan to go this year?
I have! Went there in 2018, had a blast. Won the bingo and ended up dragging a allen key size 50 back home to Sweden. Weighed a ton. Last year, the company I was with decided it was someone else's turn to go, and this year, well, you know... Definitely hoping on 2021.
What bit of work are you most proud of?
I just finished building the "Tiny Rocket Mapper" which I'm proud of. It's for mapping published content to your custom view models by using property attributes for the properties you want to map. Super easy to use and looks the part too. ;) It's a generic tool so if anyone's interested I might make it available.
Who inspires you, whether it's within the Umbraco world or not?
Eh, guess I'm inspired by a lot of dead jazz musicians... Also, Scott Hutchison - singer in Scottish indie folk band Frightened Rabbit. When he left us in 2018 I took it really bad and he continues to inspire me. Apart from that, I would say the umbraco community inspires me.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Ah, well, check out some of my music if you want. :) My solo singer/songwriter stuff is on Spotify if you do a search on my name.
Tell us how you became a developer and what you love about your job.
I was working the restaurant business for about twelve years until I realized my body and mind was worn even before I was thirty. So around then I decided to make a change, career wise. Since I'd heard there were jobs to find in the IT business it seemed like a good choice to make. I had written a couple of lines of HTML on myspace back in the day but that was about it. However, I was fortunate enough to have a good friend who is a master coder (Hi, David!) and he volunteered to do a couple of nights of crash coursing in programming with me. It was great because it was an opportunity for me to understand whether it was something that I would enjoy doing and at the same time he could assess my potential. After that, I scored a spot at a university near Göteborg, made the move from Stockholm and had my bachelor's degree in system's science three years later. What I love about my job is that in many ways it gives me sort of the same creative kick that I get out of writing music. There is definitely common ground between the two.
If a kid walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
I'd probably cite Scott's final tweet: "Be so kind to everyone you love".