Developer, partner at Crispy Mountain, standby doctor, runner, mountainbiker
Christian was born in 1985 in the Saarland region of Germany. From an early age he had an interested in computers and started programming at the age of 12. Mostly drawn to web development from the beginning he made the transition from PHP to Ruby and Rails in 2006 and has never looked back. After finishing university and completing his dissertation in neuroscience software, Christian founded Crispy Mountain together with his childhood friends. It is their mission to make the world more clickable by writing software with modern methods for mid-sized and large cooperations, while heavily focusing on the UI and UX aspects, an approach nearly unheard of in this field of software before.
When Christian is not working, he is madly in love with dogs, science, his running shoes and bikes, trains, planes and the Alan Parsons Project. Being not married yet, he sometimes even has the time to appreciate all of the above.
Everybody seems to be into sexy consumer apps or small business SAAS these days.
We are not quite.
In the last two years we built numerous applications for the industry, from production management in printeries to warehousing/accounting for one of the biggest cargo handlers at Frankfurt Airport.
In this talk I want to give an overview over the technologies we used, starting with Rails and ending in mobile techs like Ember, Cordova or even native Swift. I present a report from the battle field, where we experienced many problems first-hand and had to make sure our precious tools hold up to the dirty production world of warehouses full of barcodes and ink-fumed printing shops.
What we learned however is applicable to every Rails programmer out there, especially when a multitude of (mobile) devices come into play. Also, I want to show you how awesome and indeed sexy it is to work for the industry, while they are starting their fourth revolution, which is software and UI/UX driven and thus shaped by us, the software writers.