Today we are putting the developer spotlight on Alex, Full Stack Developer for Meltwater’s Mobile development team in Berlin, Germany.
Hey, I’m Alexander Rösel and joined Meltwater in May 2013. I grew up in Berlin and still live here (which is rare to find these days).
In 2001 I started playing around with websites and did some Visual Basic stuff before starting my apprenticeship as an assistant in Business Informatics. After graduating I worked as a freelancer but soon decided to work for several Berlin based startups, before joining some friends and starting apitrary.
Most of the time I was responsible for the frontend part (HTML, CSS, JS) which is still my favorite but I also got my hands dirty on the backend side wherefore I started to learn Ruby and ditched PHP immediately ; )
After learning a lot of stuff by working in different startups, I got in contact with Meltwater because apitrary shared the same office floor with their engineers in the Oberbaum City. As they were looking for a web developer with frontend experience, I joined the company.
In fact, Meltwater is my first global company to work with and I am really enjoying it. There is a lot of stuff to do and I already met many great people. The most recent projects I worked on are the mobile app for Meltwater Buzz and an internal CMS for our updaters that handle the data entry and maintenance for our journalist database of more than 1 million records.
When not working, I am often still sitting in front of a computer, going crazy about the newest implementations in CSS3 and HTML5. I’m also enjoying good movies, reading books, and fiddling around on my bike.