Kristoffer Jälén

In February 1986, more than 30 years ago, I got my first computer. This was a time when I didn't understand machine code or the hexadecimal numeral system, but that sparked my lifelong interest in computers – particularly in the art of programming.

Since then I've been coding .NET applications for a living, with all the tech that entails. I'm a person that’s always eager to learn new things, with a long work experience of applications with gamification mechanisms. Gamification is about implementing game principles in non-game contexts, such as traditional office applications.

My mind keeps a roadmap of topics to learn and I am always active with personal programming projects. In my spare time, I'm passionate about coding 8-bit assembly; a low-level language with a close relationship to the machine code instructions for the Commodore 64 demoscene. The demoscene is about showing off your programming, graphical and musical skills by creating audio-visual presentations. Every now and then I attend demoparties; non-stop social events with competitions and knowledge sharing - not unlike the atmosphere at tretton37!

When I'm not coding or thinking about code, I enjoy some fine woodworking which mainly involves building garden furniture for the pleasure of my beautiful wife.