Meet the BlackBerry Developer Support Forum Expert: Ekkehard, aka ekke

Interviews/Thought Leadership

Let’s get to know another of our top contributors to the BlackBerry Developer Support Forums.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to ekke, who is a regular contributor in the Native Development board. ekke’s  name is Ekkehard Gentz and he’s posting from Germany. Here is how ekke describes himself.

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I’m working as an Independent Software Architect in Rosenheim (south of Munich). I started development of software 35 years ago with Assembler, followed by Cobol, Basic, Pascal, 4GL (Omnis) and since 2000 Java – always in the domain of Business Applications for small and medium sized companies.

Five years ago I developed my first mobile application, a BlackBerry OS Java App for Truck Drivers. After so many years developing desktop applications, it was fun to develop for mobile devices, so I decided to focus on this. Then I attended my first BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco, met Brian Zubert for the first time and became a speaker at several BBJam Conferences.

I’m only developing native Cascades APIs and last year I had the pleasure to develop my first app for BlackBerry itself when I wrote the Cascades BBJam Asia Conference App. I’m also writing conference apps for other developer conferences like EclipseCON, JAX, MTC and DC.

For fun, I developed ‘ekkes Tea Timer’ because I was missing a good–looking, native Tea Timer.

A week ago I submitted my newest Cascades App, ‘ekkes Express Charts’, to make it easy to insert Charts into BlackBerry EXPRESS presentations.

Most of my applications are Built for BlackBerry–certified, and I recommend those seeking certification simply to follow the UI Guidelines to provide best UX.

Currently I’m working on a Cascades library for Parse.com – a BaaS Service Provider. This library will be Open Source and integrated into SerCar10, the first mobile-only ERP solution for Service companies.

 I’m a BlackBerry Elite Developer and certified native Cascades Builder. I’m blogging at ekkes-corner.org and publish articles on Cascades Development at appbus.org. I really like Cascades for developing native applications for BlackBerry 10. It’s the best framework I’ve developed with and I really enjoy working with BlackBerry Developer Relations Team.

Please feel free to follow me on twitter: @ekkescorner or subscribe my BBM Channel at C0005828B.

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