Lars Bo Jensen

Work

I am a front end developer at Colourbox in Odense, Denmark. We deliver stock photos, videos and vectors. We also develop the Digital Asset Management System Skyfish. My job title is 'system developer', because it is sort of full stack development, but I mostly work with JavaScript (keywords: React, Webpack, NPM, ES6, and some JQuery and Angular legacy code). When I don't write Javascript, I write Sass, Less, CSS or PHP.

I have developed a single page React app that lets you browse the letters of Hans Christian Andersen. It is a progressive web app, so it is offline-first. It offers an alternative to the old-school UX of this website. You can visit the app here. Progressive web apps are also just websites, and you do not need to visit an app store to install them.

Background

I started programming in 2000, as I was introduced to the concepts of client and server side programming. I developed a few projects in ASP, Microsoft Access databases, and HTML. Shortly after, I got my first job with a large web project; www.andersen.sdu.dk. The website consisted of flat HTML files when I started there. I started learning PHP and MySQL and designed and implemented the first database and a new, scalable structure. The website got larger and ranked extremely well in Google for several years.

After four years, developing in PHP and MySQL felt increasingly monotonous, so I decided to give it a go as a literary scholar. After all, I had a master of arts. I got a PhD, but returned to web development almost immediately after my time at the university, realizing how I had missed coding.

After making my PhD and teaching at the University of Southern Denmark, I worked a while as a 'webmaster' in a small company, then moved to Copenhagen and started teaching web development at a vocational school in Roskilde.

After that, I moved to Germany with my German wife and worked as a freelancer for a while, teached at a university again, substituting for a professor at the university of Flensburg, and worked for two years in the field of online marketing; SEM (ad campaigns with Google AdWords), SEO, content marketing, blogs, strategy, style guides, social media, websites, link building, monitoring, analytics, reporting, and consulting. Too many different responsibilities for one person.

After that, I found my way: Front end development in the web agency comm-press GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. We were developing Content management systems for German media (some of them multilingual) on the basis of Drupal 8. I was working there from 2016 to 2018, before I went to Denmark and got my current job.

Languages

My mother tongue is Danish. Being a Scandinavian, I have no problem understanding Norwegian and Swedish.

I have been living and working in Germany since 2011, and my German is excellent.

My English is also fluent. I have written articles and given talks and lectures in English.

Education

I have a MA and a PhD in literature and have authored the thesis with the daunting title “Atmosphere as aesthetical and existential category in sentimental journeys from 1768 to 1868, focusing on poetics and urban atmospheres in Hans Christian Andersen”. It's in Danish, but there is an English abstract on page 259, if you should be interested.

You can send me an e-mail at lb@larsbojensen.eu.

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