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🪁 Morten Nielsen

Lead Developer, Senior Principal Software Engineer


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United States


Lead Developer for ESRI ArcGIS Runtime .NET APIs, an SDK allowed other developers to quickly build advanced GIS Applications on top of WPF, UWP, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.Forms with a single easy-to-use API. Main responsibilities include reviewing and approving API designs across all ArcGIS Runtime products in coordination with QT, Java, Android and iOS teams, drive innovation within the .NET Runtime, R&D work to improve the daily process and prepare for what's next, as well as managing and mentoring a team of developers. Formerly Lead Developer for ESRI ArcGIS Silverlight, WPF and WinPhone7 APIs - The APIs won the Visual Studio Magazine's Readers Choice Award in 2010 and 2011. I have a big passion for good API design, building things right from the start, as well as a love for and background in Mapping and GIS. I've used the .NET platform since the very first v1.0 beta 1, and used it to solve complex spatial problems, involving large amounts of data and imagery, I take a pride in always being up-to-date and supporting the latest developments within the Microsoft Developer space, which is a big part the reasons Microsoft as awarded me the MVP award since 2008. I thrive on challenging R&D work - especially within the fields of .NET API Design or GIS. You'll also find me actively involved in the open source community, sharing, contributing and providing feedback where ever I can, or doing presentations at various conferences and live-coding on twitch. Awarded Microsoft MVP 9 years in a row as a Windows Platform Development MVP. Experience with ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS WebADF for .NET, Esri Arcview , ArcGIS GIS systems and MapInfo. Experience with GIS plug-in development for MapInfo MapBasic, Esri Avenue and C#. WebGIS using ArcGIS Server, SharpMap, ArcIMS, MapXtreme and UMN MapServer. Original creator of SharpMap - OpenSource map render engine based on .NET, and Proj.NET - an open source Projection Engine. I maintain lots of various open source projects on github: Specialties: - API Design. - .NET, WinUI, Windows Universal, WPF, Xamarin - XAML , C#, C++ - GIS In my earlier career, I worked a lot on: ASP.NET, Microsoft AJAX, Silverlight JavaScript, xHTML / CSS. XML Webservices. Web technologies. GIS, GPS & INS processing, OGC Open standards, Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Mapping and orthophoto production.

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Current Position

Lead Developer, Senior Principal Software Engineer at ESRI


M.Sc., Engineering

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