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Portrait in bay of Roses, Spain (with bad lighting ;)Welcome to Michael Vorburger's homepage, v3.2

I'm occassionally blogging here, regularly tag anything of interest to me on my delicious bookmarks, tweet on twitter.com/vorburger, and post on Google+. I'm AKA this LinkedIn profile. May be you'll like any of my videos on YouTube?

I like open source, use it, and give back by contributing when I can. I maintain ESON at eclipse.org. May be you're interested in some of my hacking on GitHub. I sometimes attend and speak at Tech. events & conferences (also see some presentations here).

Previously, my old 2001-2012 Blog with according to (old) logs, frequently visited articles about How To set-up two-way (mutual) SSL in Tomcat, an Spring Security/Acegi XFire blurb and my very own HTTP Server in Java. Also some assorted other stuff over here.

A few lines about myself would have to include that I currently live in my native country Switzerland, where I studied Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). My current day job is with TEMENOS The Banking Software Company (by way of the Odyssey Financial Technologies acquisition), where I'm the Product Manager looking after all things related to Eclipse-based tooling. In 2006 I had a great year with a group called IPT. Earlier I helped build an enterprise software company called Vertical*i in Lausanne and New York for 5 years, where I quit as CTO in late 2005. Before that, I have worked at Cisco Systems in San Jose, California and at ABACUS Research in my home town of St.Gallen.

I am also... a co-author of the book "Core Java Data Objects" (JDO). I'm very interested in how to use computers to help children learn, particularly programming, have done a little bit of community work teaching children as young as 8 years old to grasp basic programming / logical thinking / story telling using scratch.mit.edu (see our Scratch projects), and am particularly fascinated by the potential of Minecraft (for which I've contributed a Blockly-based Mod creator). I've also, on and off, contributed a little bit to the Mifos Open-Source Microfinance platform (see also this article in French), incl. supported the project by serving as Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentor to coach students. Earlier I tried to do some stuff with OLPC.ch.

During 1998-2000 I had put together the previous version ("v2") of the vorburger.ch site. Particularly popular pages on it were my KISSfp Web Tool, a Web Style Guide I wrote long ago, and my early ALTifier, Face Recognition and Proxy Server projects. BTW: The vorburger.ch domain started with a v1 in 1997.

I hope some of the content on this site may be of interest or useful to you. - Enjoy!
Michael Vorburger