About the author
I am an independent netizen, no longer working for the RIPE NCC, but still with the same meticulous interest in all things RIPE Database.
I am a software developer and business analyst with almost 40 years experience as a 'C' language developer (and similar languages) working mainly on database and real time systems.
From 2001 to 2015 I was a developer and then the business analyst for the RIPE Database with the RIPE NCC. During this time I took a holistic approach to the database system and have been involved in every aspect of it's design and development of the software, web services and infrastructure.
I started to work on the RIPE Database the week after the RPSL version was deployed in April 2001. I have been heavily involved in two major re-writes of the software in 2004 (C code re-structuring) and 2012 (complete re-write in java). For the 2012 re-write I reverse engineered the C code to write the specifications for every part of the new java system to maintain the original functionality. I was also the lead developer in setting up the AFRINIC Database and migration of data from both the RIPE and ARIN Databases to populate it in 2005.