Worked with clients ranging from Veoneer, Navico, TYRI, and personally secured tender with UiT The Arctic University of Norway to deliver open language technology.
Responsible for the management of language technology for several language communities such as the Sámi people on behalf of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, managing three primary areas: keyboard development and deployment, spellchecking and grammar checking integration, and package management.
Experience with macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, web and embedded development, with a particular focus on integration and architectural aspects of development as role developed to be more architect-focused.
Role incorporates elements of team management, mentorship of junior developers, architecture planning for new projects, scoping of new projects and software development.
Early 2020: Managed transition from Subversion to GitHub by assisting with planning of migration and overseeing development of multi-repository git repository management tool.
November – December 2019:
Lobbied on behalf of Sámi language communities for better standards implementation at major software corporations, providing and implementing a media strategy, and organising meetings with stakeholders to further open language technology development. Engaged with representatives of other language communities and provided direct assistance for implementing their own keyboard solutions.
September – October 2019:
Led the introduction of a structured recruitment programme, with clearly defined requirements, application processing and migration assistance, in collaboration with other team members.
July 2019 – Present:
May 2019 – July 2019:
Manage team implementing spell checking for the Sámi languages for Microsoft Office on Windows and macOS. Further develop Páhkat package management infrastructure and user experience.
Promoted to Lead Software Developer in April 2019.
March 2019 – May 2019:
Lead team of six to implement a Bluetooth Mesh UI/UX for remote-controlled industrial lamps.
Implemented novel prototype for implementing asynchronous, parallelisable pipelines of linguistic content using Rust, Actix and Cap'n Proto.
Implement next phase of Páhkat package management infrastructure for macOS and Windows with small team, including CI/CD configuration.
Optimise Divvun's spellchecker technology in Rust, bringing stress test speeds down from 60 seconds to 6 seconds, leading to successful deployment of Sámi spellcheck for iOS and Android.
Manage team to deploy CI/CD infrastructure for Divvun to deploy iOS, Android, Windows and macOS keyboard layouts and spell checkers, using Travis CI and Páhkat package management.
Design a robust RESTful API for yacht fleet management apps (TypeScript, C#, OpenAPI)
Create open source OpenAPI v3 generation tool to simplify integration of 3rd party APIs for Weret and later other customers (TypeScript, Kotlin, Swift, Rust, C#)
Implement the macOS client for Divvun's package management system.
December 2017–January 2018:
Chief Technology Officer
April 2016 – May 2017
Responsible for the development and deployment of a ride scheduling and monitoring app for Android and iOS, including a backend built on Node.js and PostgreSQL. Built and managed small team from June 2016.
Developed minimum viable product for Android, iOS and backend alone over first three months. Rapid development of native apps was made possible due to strong adherence to functional reactive programming
principles (Rx) and reliance on code generation (OpenAPI). Approximately one-third of the current code bases for iOS and Android consists of code generated from the same base templates, limiting code duplication and maintenance.
Resigned due to lack of financial viability of the platform. Defunct since 2018.
- App features include: ride tracking, ride scheduling, mapping integration (geocoding, place search, map interactions), friend lists, groups, messaging, push notifications, calendar integration, Facebook integration
- "Acceptance Test Driven Design" approach using Cucumber as cross-domain feature description language and automated testing language
- Infrastructure has significant coverage by unit and integration tests
- API nodes driven by OpenAPI schemas and high-performance routing
- Take part in interaction between founders, stakeholders and potential investors
- Implement and manage continuous integration infrastructure
- Deploy and manage production servers (API nodes and database)
Long-term client. Projects mostly relating to speller technology for indigenous and minority languages (particularly Sámi and northern Canadian first nations languages)
such as spellcheckers or custom software keyboards.
Working on several small contracts throughout 2017.
Platforms include: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and the web.
Some of the projects below involved subcontractors to supplement the work while I took on the role of CTO of Localift. Recent projects include:
- 2017: Implement a versatile package manager for managing all components of the Divvun ecosystem, starting with Windows support (Rust, C#).
- 2017: Deploy keyboards to Windows 7–10 environments, with additional keyboard management tool. (Inno Setup, Rust, Python, code signing, blood, sweat, tears)
- 2017: Port a C++ speller library to Rust (Rust, C++)
- 2017: "MacDivvun" spellcheck service for macOS (Swift, C)
- 2015: Update C++ speller library hfst-ospell to support mmap loading of spellers to support iOS (C++, Autotools, blood sweat and tears)
- 2015: Port the Android Open Source Project keyboard to support custom locales and custom spellers (Java, C++, JNI, Autotools, sometimes crying)
- 2015: Fork an open source iOS 8 keyboard to support custom locales and custom spellers (Swift, C++, Objective C, Autotools, also sometimes crying)
- 2015: Create kbdgen project to support generating keyboards from standard templates for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux (Python)
Full time research and development position, initially focused on adding a new output mechanism to an XML-based form design and deployment product that initially could only render to PDF, to achieve full HTML5 rendering support across all major desktop and touch browsers.
In mid-2013, promoted to senior role. Shifted to working on a new product focused exclusively on HTML form outputs, with HTML as the document language (as opposed to XML) and AngularJS as the framework for developing the editor and form dependencies, and extensive use of LESS for styling, including as the language used for serialisation of styles.
- Large amount of XML/HTML parsing and generation
- Backend coding in Java to support generation of HTML from XML data
- Enterprise environment with customer interaction
- Strong focus on modern, interactive user experiences
- Forms supported on all modern browsers, and IE8–IE11
Google Summer of Code Participant
May 2011 – August 2011
A Google Summer of Code project completed for a natural language project called Apertium. The project entails the development of a quality control framework to better control the integrity of morphological dictionaries in a methodical manner, not unlike unit testing for programming languages.
Parts of this project are still in use today by organisations such as UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
- Significant XML manipulation
- Development of XML schema for statistics storage format
- Web page and graph generation for reading statistics visually
- Create testing applications including coverage, regressions and ambiguity
- Experience using subversion and git