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Name Jochen Michael Wolfgang Kirstätter
Alias JoKi
 
Passport photograph Portrait of Jochen Kirstätter
 
Date of birth 22th May 1976
Location of birth Ludwigshafen (Rhein), Germany
Family status Married
Parents Wolfgang Wilhelm Kirstätter
Dagmar Ruth Ursula Waltraut Kirstätter, nee Obser

Career summary

  • Experience in project and change request management, coordinating time schedules and task management for project team members. Good communication skills with customers and understanding of their business workflows.

  • Extensive experience in software development and testing in Microsoft Visual FoxPro and knowledge in C#, including both GUI-based and web-based development with different remote database backends like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL, in combination with either Crystal Reports or Microsoft Reporting Services.

Skills

  • Excellent skills in designing and implementing database-driven applications.
  • Being self-organized and goal-oriented to focus and excel given deadlines.
  • Good skills in coordinating and parallizing project tasks.
  • Good communication skills with customers and understanding of their business workflows.
  • Being a team player with good leading capabilities.

Work experience

04.2009 - today IOS Indian Ocean Software Ltd., Flic en Flac, Mauritius
Senior Software Craftsman/Software Architect
Task summary Supervising the software development and database department. Designing and implementing of customer-specific requirements.
 
Technology summary Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2003, NT4)
Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2008 and 2005, MySQL 4.x and higher, PostgreSQL
Microsoft Visual FoxPro (6.0 till 9.0), C# with Visual Studio (2005 till 2012)
Crystal Reports (9.5 till XI) and Microsoft Reporting Services
 
04.1998 - today (additionally) MiDeK - Internet Publishing, Rockenhausen-Marienthal, Germany
CEO
Task summary Development of a variety of different Web solutions for several customers. Mainly, dynamic data-driven Web sites based on script languages like Perl and PHP with MySQL database backend. Experience in design and implementation of scalable, multilanguage-enabled applications.
Consulting and installation services on local area networks with Linux mail servers, gateways and firewalls as well as Windows Servers for small offices (approx. 5-10 clients)
Technology summary Linux (Ubuntu, Debian and SuSE) and Windows (NT 4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7)
PHP (3.x till 5.x), some Perl knowledge, MySQL and PostgreSQL
HTML, XML, XSLT, CSS, WAI 508 and other accessibility rules

03.2007 - 03.2009 ProLib Ltd., Cybercity, Mauritius
Project Supervisor
Task summary Supervising several project teams and coordinating communication and tasks with various Project Leads back in Germany. Responsible for design and implementation of specified requirements in given time.
Analyzing local market for software development projects in banking and insurance sectors.
 
Technology summary

Windows (NT 4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista and Server 2008)
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008, MySQL 4.x and higher, Oracle 9.x, PostgreSQL
Microsoft Visual FoxPro (6.0 till 9.0), C# with Visual Studio (2002 till 2008)
Crystal Reports 10

 
06.2002 - 02.2007 (additionally) ProLib Software GmbH, Seebruck, Germany
Senior Software Developer
Task summary Developing and Testing of Active FoxPro Pages 3.0 in combination with different web servers. Writing of product documentation and technical specifications. Being part-time technical supporter for customers using Active FoxPro Pages world-wide.

Working as software developer in several other projects of ProLib Software GmbH.
 
Technology summary Windows (NT 4, 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista)
Active FoxPro Pages on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), Apache HTTPd Webserver and other ISAPI capable Web servers.
Microsoft Visual FoxPro (7.0 till 9.0), C#, XML, DocBook, WISE 9
 
03.1999 - 12.2006 Kheops GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany (merged with ProLib Software GmbH in 2006)
Software Developer
Task summary Starting as Junior Software Developer and assisting in various projects on Visual FoxPro and Sybase SQL.
Upgrading to Software Developer in 2001 while start working on a Medical & Surgical Management application running on Visual FoxPro 6.0 and SQL Server 2000.
In 2003 working as Chief Software Developer on a distributed Tax Office Management application (VFP 8.0, SQL Server 2000 and Crystal Reports 9.5).
Starting as Senior Software Developer in 2004 on a distributed Craftsman Office Management application in replication scenario (VFP 9.0, SQL Server 2000/2005 and Crystal Reports 10). Upgraded in September 2005 as Project Lead managing a team of five to eight developers, and dealing with customer requirements and change requests.

All projects lasted more than one year with varying budgets between 150.000,- Euro and 800.000,- Euro.
 
Technology summary Windows (NT 4, 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista) and Linux
Sybase SQL Anywhere, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, 2000 and 2005, MySQL 3.x and higher, PostgreSQL
Microsoft Visual FoxPro (6.0 till 9.0), C# with Visual Studio (2002 till 2005)
Knowledge in 'Mere Mortals VFP' framework and 'The Lib' and 'Acodey' component libraries.

Awards

04.2007 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
Visual Developer for Visual FoxPro
04.2006 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
Visual Developer for Visual FoxPro

Certificates

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12.2012

Microsoft Specialist
70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

 
06.2004 Microsoft Certified Professional
70-155 Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications with Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® 6.0
 
06.2004 Microsoft Certified Professional
70-156 Designing and Implementing Desktop Applications with Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® 6.0

Community experience

05.2013 Founder of Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC)
The MSCC is the successor of the MSDUG and is a technology agnostic approach to bring any IT related people together.

This is a community for those who care and are proud of what they do. For those developers, regardless how experienced they are, who want to improve and master their craft.
This is a community for those who believe that being average is just not good enough.

2012 Beta Tester for Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012
 
03.2008 Founder of Mauritius Software Developer User Group (MSDUG)
Initiated a local user group for software developers and engineers. Monthly meetings with varying topics on object-oriented programming and database development. Mainly focused on Microsoft Windows platform but not restricted. See blog articles in category MSDUG.
 
06.2007 Beta Tester for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008
 
12.2006 Microsoft 'Ask The Expert' for Windows Vista
Introduction roadshow on Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007
 
11.2006 Speaker at German Developers Conference Visual FoxPro - Link
Sessions on NET4COM, Writing an CLR Host and Active FoxPro Pages
 
03.2006 Beta Tester for Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007
 
02.2006 Microsoft 'Ask The Expert' for SQL Server 2000/2005
"Ready to Rock the Launch" - Software Launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk Server 2006
 
11.2005 Speaker at German Developers Conference Visual FoxPro
Sessions on Subversion, Regular Expressions, Visual FoxPro running on Linux w/ wine, and essential development tools
 
11.2004 Speaker at German Developers Conference Visual FoxPro
Multiple sessions on Active FoxPro Pages, and Visual FoxPro running on Linux w/ wine
 
11.2003 Speaker at German Developers Conference Visual FoxPro (as replacement for Whil Hentzen)
Sessions on Visual FoxPro running on Linux w/ wine
 
11.2002 Speaker at German Developers Conference Visual FoxPro
Sessions on Active FoxPro Pages
 
Since 11.2004 Member of International .NET Association (INETA)
Membership is based on user group activity on Microsoft .NET technology,
Microsoft SQL Server and Visual FoxPro.
 
03.2004 - 01.2007 Regional director of German FoxPro User Group (dFPUG) at Speyer
Monthly meetings with sessions and discussions on Microsoft Visual FoxPro, SQL Server and other programming languages.
Sessions on several topics like Subversion, component development, unit testing, etc.
 
Since 10.2003 Member of Microsoft CLIP

Educational experience

09.1995 - 04.2000 University of Technology, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Chemistry science studies
 
08.1992 - 05.1995 Gymnasium Weierhof, Weierhof, Germany
Foreign language(s) English
Grammar school
 
08.1989 - 05.1992 Realschule, Rockenhausen, Germany
Foreign language(s) English, French and Spanish
Secondary modern school
 
08.1986 - 07.1989 Anne-Frank-Realschule, Ludwigshafen (Rhein), Germany
Foreign language(s) English and French
Secondary modern school
 
07.1982 - 07.1986 Ernst-Reuter-Schule, Ludwigshafen (Rhein), Germany
Elementary school

Avocational experience

08.1995 - 01.2007 Auxiliary fire brigade, Rockenhausen, Germany
Department of Disaster Control
Courses on group leader, Chemistry and Health Physics
 
02.1992 - 05.1998 Auxiliary fire brigade, Marienthal, Germany
Courses on voice radio, self-contained breathing/respiratory protection and squad leader
 

Sport activities

  Running
Cycling
Swimming
Diving - PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
 
 
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