When I wrote the little profile about Top 5 SDN Contributor without writing one Weblog? it turned out that he is from south of Italy and he promised that if I ever visit him, he will provide me with a beautiful personal hammock with white lettering on the back saying, I am relaxing here thanks to SDN ! Alone thinking about it makes me relax 🙂 He told me that he is on a new project and has only modem access to the Internet and this is why he hasn’t posted as much.
Rem Swa requested to get a similar post about Detlev Beutner who back then was on position 4 and is now the king of the SDN Forums.
I finally found some time to send him some questions via email. You have to know that he has been approved to be a Weblogger since September last year. His Weblogger page is ready, just the posts are missing.
Therefore I knew a little bit about him from his bio:
Detlev has passed “half a study” of economical informatics, “half a study” of law and a full study of mathematics, more or less in parallel. After that, he has become a “pure” Java developer, mostly engaged in financial business for about five years. His special interest in this period has been web application development with focus on the combination of tomcat and apache. In the middle of 2003 Detlev has joined btexx – business technologies , a german company with explicit focus on SAP Enterprise Portal, WebDynpro, and the surrounding SAP NetWeaver technologies. His special interests here are – of course – core Java development and KM. Detlev holds the Sun Certificates SCJP, SCJD and SCWCD. He is living with his wive and their three children between Wiesbaden and Frankfurt a.M., in the beautiful Taunus mountains.
I liked his answers to my questions so much, that I post it uncut here:
> I would like to do a little profile about you too,
> as I did for Roberto Negro.
Yeah, that’s OK. If I don’t get the time to write one [Weblog] about something, even if acknowledged for since September, at least someone else writes one about me 🙂
> So where in the Taunus are you living?
In Eppstein, a small town or better an accumulation of small villages. It’s in the mid of the “Rhein-Main area” between Frankfurt a.M., Wiesbaden and Mainz, but it’s green 🙂 (or, freely adapted from Huxley’s BNW: “With all the advantages of the Rhein-Main area, but none of it’s disadvantages” :-)).
> How old are your children?
The two boys are 8 & 10, an age where sometimes you whish you could do a leap in time (about ten years or so ;-)). The girl is almost 3 years, an age (in this special case) where sometimes you whish you could live in a time warp (she often sends cats and dogs to me on work using the MS messenger).
> When do you find the time to post?
As you can see, often. If I’m around a problem (at work), getting stuck, the best thing is to care about a different problem. Or, strictly adapted from Brazil, the best film ever produced: “I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there’s trouble, a man alone.” Ooops, take care, don’t get the impression that with every posting on SDN I’m stuck at work. It’s not that bad 😉
It’s so challenging that even on late evening and on weekend I cannot resist to rush in…
> What else do you like to do with your time (if there is any)?
Beneath working on Java / EP topics and caring about my family, films are an issue I’m really deep in. Sometimes, when you read carefully, you can detect quotations 🙂 And with this spare amount of time, films are better to consume than books… (Still waiting for some great J2EE films ;-))
> How did SDN help you so far?
The definitely biggest help was by offering the chance to learn while helping others. That’s one very important aspect why I’m so keen on helping. The most interesting things are topics where one has been in a bit(!), so one has advantages over the questioner, but one also has to struggle with the machine…
And if you read the topics over a day (no chance without RSS reader!), you get often some impression where the shoe pinches.
> Any surprises since you are top of the list?
No. For me it does not really make a difference in daily life on SDN if I’m top or second or fifth… Anyhow, it’s really nice to get some recognition for such an engagement, no question.
Sometimes it turns out to be a disadvantage almost to be “over engaged”
– when one gets a bit pissed off by people rushing in, “misbehaving”. But I try to take it with humour, and I think I manage it mostly. I really hope that many people do not only have the impression of “this guy who has to throw in his two pennies worth”, but also the impression of a man with a sense of humour. If I can achieve this, there is nothing more to be done 🙂
I think this is an excellent little impression of the man behind all these great answers. Thanks Detlev.
By the way, Thomas Jung is only one good answer away from hitting 5K.