Kresten Krab Thorup is CTO of Trifork, a public Danish company providing
software solutions to government and financial services providers.
Trifork is also creator of the long-running GOTO conference (formerly known as JAOO), and
co-creator of QCon. As Trifork CTO Kresten in responsible for technical
strategy, and spends most of the time acting as internal consultant,
researching future technologies, as well as being editor for GOTO and
QCon conferences. Kresten has also been a principal contributor to
Trifork's own Java EE certified application server "Trifork T4", where
he authored many core elements.
Kresten has been a contributor to several open source projects,
including GCC, GNU Objective-C, GNU Compiled Java, Emacs, and Apache
Geronimo/Yoko. Before joining Trifork, Kresten worked at NeXT Software
(now acquired by Apple), where he was responsible for the development of
the Objective-C tool chain, the debugger, and the runtime system.
Kresten was on the committee for JSR-14 (adding generics to Java) which
was closely related to the subject of his Ph.D. thesis.
More recently, Kresten has been hacking Erlang projects, and founded the Erjang open source project
(notice the J there), a virtual machine for Erlang running on the Java
Virtual Machine, as well as several smaller open source packages for Erlang.
Kresten is member of GOTO Aarhus Program Advisory Board; he has a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Aarhus.