Sweden’s best developers

Swedish magazine Computer Sweden has appointed who they think are the 75 best developers in Sweden In Swedish, and I was ranked number 19.

Taking a closer look, I’m the highest ranked Interface Developer in the list, which must mean I’m the best in the entire of Sweden! Not really sure that that’s true, but I do appreciate getting recognition for my dedication to creating good web interfaces. 🙂

Glancing through the list, though, there are very few names I recognize (I can count them on one hand), and my guess is that the only ones you know about are Roger Johansson (place 28) and Tommy Olsson (place 46). Remembering how much they inspired and helped me out when I first started blogging, and knowing of their extensive skill sets, I know they should definitely have been above me on the list. Oh well, at least I honor you guys! 🙂

What does surprise me, though, is that we are the only three Interface Developers on it, with me starting at place 19. Given all the advanced web sites out there, the AJAX hype, accessibility, elastic web sites etc, shouldn’t there be more of us? And perhaps higher ranked than, say, a developer support person at Microsoft?

Which brings me to another point: the list goes from 1 to 75, but in reality, it’s virtually impossible to compare completely different competences; Microsoft to Java, Ruby to Web Interface Development etc. The above mentioned developer support technician at Microsoft might just turn out to be a superstar, but it’s still impossible to value our skill sets against each others.

I proposed to the journalist putting together the article that instead of having ranks, the best developers should be grouped by their knowledge and area of expertise; an idea he agreed about, but higher forces at the magazine apparently wanted more of a gossip magazine list…

What it comes down to at the end, I presume, is networking. Getting seen in the right contexts and making friends with a lot of people. And hell, getting a good grade for that isn’t too shabby either!

Anyway, I first got the call about the list April 1st, so in my mind, I’m just happy that it at least turned out to be true! 🙂

From now on, I shall be known as “19”.


  • Jakob Neander says:

    Hey, congrats Mr. 19!

  • Congratulations Robert. You certainly deserve to be on the list, maybe even higher ranked.

  • RobertDM says:

    I assume you've allready gotten your big fat bonus, a good raise and your new company car from Valtech being the number 1 interface developer of Sweden… 🙂

  • Matt Robin says:

    That's really good…inside the Top 20 (and yeah, I'm surprised you're higher-placed than Roger too, but that should not take away from the recognition you deserve).

    Well done 19! 🙂

  • chenghong says:

    Congrats, contestant M19!

  • Deborah says:


    Congrats! I agree, a grouping of developers by area would have made the article more helpful.

    I am glad you, Tommy, and Roger were recognized for all your work. Personally, I would have placed the three of you in a three-way tie for first place.

  • Congrats, 19! 🙂

    It's nice to see web developers getting that kind of recognition in Sweden.

  • Congratulations. I'd have placed you second, if only for the double entendre of referring to you as 'number two.'

    What's with the total lack of hot Swedish babes in the top 10? The first woman shows up at number 11. I'm assuming Tess is the name of a lady, not some hairy Nordic viking type. That would be wrong in so many ways.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Thanks everyone!


    I'll put you straight through to my managers. I like your line of thinking, perhaps you should become my agent. 🙂


    Nah, Roger's a has-been. I'm the new King, it was in the paper, so it has to be true, right? :-p


    Personally, I would have placed the three of you in a three-way tie for first place.

    Ha ha! Thanks, but I'm not sure I would deserve to be up there with them. 🙂


    Ha ha ha! 😀

    Well, at least Tess is indeed a woman's name, don't worry. 🙂

  • Congratulations, Robert! In the States, there probably wouldn't even be three interface developers in the top 75, so Sweden is doing pretty well, really.

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