Born in the GDR in 1970, one of my first interests was mathematics.
So following the natural way, I startet to learn computer science just after finishing school in 1986. First as a technician, later (from 1990) with studies at Technical University of Chemnitz. Learning a lot basics, a number of programming languages and idioms (29 so far if I counted correct), my first work (during and beside studies) was land survey and there I touched my first CAD system(Eclipse in 1992 from a UK vendor that doesn't exist anymore). It was fast followed by a number of them (PanTerra from the same vendor, CARD/1, Geograph), all in combination with survey and terrain modelling. Beside this ACAD was a theme from V.10 until V.2004.
It was 1994 or 1995 when I got my first MicroStation (thanks to WINGAS so far, for demanding it). Starting with MS95 over SE, I reached /J when I decided to leave the company that brought me into the CAD (and GIS) world, because it was a small sourveying company and after I finished my studies, this could not be my personal aim.
I went to DeskWare Products GmbH in 2000. This stopped me from my GIS related works, but helped me to dive deeper into MicroStation. The following 7,5 years where full of learning (JMDL and MDL, C++ and process intercommunication), but always connected with MicroStation. I used it, programmed it, supported it and finally even teached it. Meanwhile I had some customers where I managed their networks and server, and made our Installshield setups. It was a great variety of work, but even the danger to see only the surfaces of all this stuff.
So I decided to dive deeper into mdl, when I got the chance to change to Venturis IT GmbH. After doing some projects here, the financial crisis just grabbed me (because some customers canceled their projects), and I lost my job.
But my MicroStation history goes on. I finally returned to DeskWare to continue the development of MicroStation based applications. And with the chance to concentrate on one thing, my previous problems should be gone.