Adtollo Inside story: Meet Anders Nystrand, Topocad developer
Welcome inside the doors of our office and meet Anders Nystrand, Topocad developer since 2006. Here, he tells about a normal day at work, how the company has changed over time and about the new office on Hudiksvallsgatan.
Anders is the one who walks to work every day, in all weathers, in all seasons. When we recently moved to a new office, his route has changed. From Kungsholmen he now crosses St Eriksbron, up St Eriksgatan and up to the office on Hudiksvallsgatan. An invigorating walk of about 20 minutes.
Tell us, what does a normal day at work look like?
– I spend most of the day developing new functions for Topocad. Sometimes I discuss with my colleagues how the functions should be designed.
Anders says that it is important to include as many perspectives as possible so that the program is designed in a way that is smooth for users. Otherwise, there is a risk that you as a programmer stare blindly at the fact that the calculations will be correct and forget about the user-friendliness. From time to time he also has to step in and help the support when they encounter difficult cases.
What attracted you to apply for Adtollo?
At that time, the company was called Chaos systems, and it was a name that aroused Anders’ curiosity.
– I believe in a balance between creative chaos and order. Far too many organizations rely on rules and processes in the belief that it will automatically lead to success.
Also, when he saw that the company was developing a CAD system, he became even more interested. Partly because he has worked with the development of similar systems before, partly because he likes computationally intensive programs.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Adtollo?
Anders describes the atmosphere as open and unpretentious.
– We are a small company and everyone talks to everyone. Decisions can therefore often be made directly without bureaucratic detours. It’s easy to thrive here and that’s probably why I stayed so many years.
What is the best thing about the job?
– That you get to work with stimulating tasks on a daily basis. Okay, almost every day, Anders says with a smile.
What do you think of the new office?
Anders likes the location in Vasastan with many good restaurants nearby. He also points out that it is nice to sit with the group colleagues at Addnode Group.
What are you working on right now?
Anders is now working on adding a setting for print quality that makes it easy to print with high quality for printers, and with lower quality for pdf if you want to reduce the file size.
– In addition, I refine a bit on some of our new quick templates in the section template document. The features are included in Topocad 22.
Do you have any tips for those who want to work with programming in our industry?
-If you know programming, you really only have to apply for the jobs that are advertised. If you have experience from the industry, of course it is a big plus.
What do you prefer to spend your time on when you are not working?
When Anders is free, he likes to consume different forms of culture. Among other things, he is part of a book circle.
– Most of all, I like to watch music live, which I hope to be able to do more of in the future if now only the pandemic stays away.
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