The Jelastic Spotlight: Johannes Geppert and Open-Source Software

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This week’s Jelastic Spotlight comes to you from Germany! We got a chance to interview one of our users that is not only a believer in open-source software but is an active part of the vibrant open-source community. He is working on his own open-source tools.

Hey, Johannes. Thanks for taking time for this interview. So, I know you are in Germany: where exactly are you based?

Currently I stay in Dresden, in a beautiful area along the Elbe River.

Is that were you grew up?

I grew up in East Germany. I lived in the lovely city of Leipzig and also in the capital, Berlin.

What’s your background?

I work as a Developer and Project Manager for an Local Utility Company, ENSO-Blog, in Germany Saxonia.

What kind of work were you doing prior this?

I was working as a consultant in e.commerce and the Java environment for an IBM Global Services Company.

So what do you currently have running on Jelastic?

In my spare time, I am a committer for the Apache Struts Project. I am also developing two Open-Source plugins for the Apache Struts2 Framework. One is for to make the integration of the cool Twitter Bootstrap Project into Struts2 easier. And the other is for facilitation of the integration of jQuery, jQuery Mobile and jQuery UI – basically, to provide an easy way to develop modern Java based web applications.

Currently, I hava all the showcases for these plugins running on Jelastic, so I can show developers how they work and how to use them. You can check them out:

How do you like Jelastic for your projects?

I like how easy it is to create a custom environment for my apps. And of course, I’m a Developer and not an Administrator, so there’s that as well. :-)

What are your plans for your apps?

My apps will be continuously improved and extended. I want them to be a starting point for other developers.

How would you say that Java has affected you life?

With Java, I developed my first, real big application. It was the starting point of a new profession and a career as a developer.

What’s your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is currently open-source programming. It’s a great way to get inspired, meet other programmers and to try out all of these great new technologies. I am also Martial Arts enthusiast. For a many years I was an active Karate-Do student. But since my move to Dresden I am not as active as I would like to be.

What do you like most about your work?

It’s never boring! Every day you have a chance to learn new technologies, concepts, frameworks and languages.

Do you have a favorite website?

Aside from all of the Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, I spend a lot of time on my Open-Source Project Sites at Google Code for answering all the Questions and Suggestions that I get from other programmers. And, I can’t forget, my own Blog (http://www.jgeppert.com).

Links to the project sites:

Do you have a philosophy by which you live by or advice you would give others when making a tough decision?

Try to find out what other successful people have done when they have been in a similar situation. Then make your decision.

That’s actually really good advice. Thanks for your time!

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