Home phone: 02-6727049
Mobile phone: 054-5460079
||20 years' experience in client software development.
Quick to grasp the essentials of a problem and find an efficient
solution. Learns new technologies independently.
|Date of birth
||18 June 1959
||Married + 4
||English – mother tongue
Hebrew – fluent
Character encodings and UTF
Bidi and CTL
Microsoft Windows API
||Retraining course at the "Machon lePiryon Avoda," Jerusalem 1983
||BA Oriental Studies (Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic), Oxford University
Senior Software Engineer
Responsible for assessment and enhancement of Hebrew support in
various IBM products.
- Planned and implemented a port from C to Java of the Bidi implementation in ICU (IBM's International Components for Unicode).
- Identified Bidi issues in Eclipse 3.1 and proposed solutions for implementation of
right-to-left widgets for GTK.
- Investigated level of Bidi support in SWT under Windows CE on mobile devices.
- Assessed the Bidi support in Rational Application Developer and Rational Application
Developer for Z series.
Netscape Communications Corporation (AOL), Mountain View, CA
Senior Software Engineer
- Assessed AOL project requirement and architecture documents from the international
point of view, giving feedback on both the technical level (e.g. problems of data
integrity and encoding conversions) and the cultural level (e.g. issues with the
different format of dates in the US and Europe).
- Created localizable and customizable version of the Talkback error-tracking tool.
Designed and implemented a technique for runtime loading of localized UI strings
from a plain-text configuration file. Handled issues arising from different
configuration of UI fonts in different systems.
- Analysed performance of Mozilla layout code with Rational Quantify and
found solutions to performance bottlenecks.
- Provided consultation to the open-source community of contributors to Mozilla on
- Still active as module owner of internationalization for mozilla.org.
IBM Global Services Israel1998-2001
Worked on right-to-left support for IBM and external projects.
- Added Right-to-left UI capability to Windows applications. A client who was
developing localized Hebrew versions of English applications for the Israel market
required the user interface to be adapted for right-to-left layout, without access
to the original source code. Developed a layer between the application and the system
libraries which converted the screen coordinates and other parameters and flipped
the direction of the interface elements on the fly.
- Bidirectional ActiveX text control.
As part of a client-server project for the HR department of Intel's new facility in
Israel, text entry in Hebrew was required for use in Visual Basic applications, which
was not supported in the text box widget of the version of Visual Basic available
at that time. Designed and implemented an editing control with support for
mixed left-to-right and right-to-left text.
- Implemented the Bidi (Hebrew and Arabic support) for Netscape 4.x and Mozilla in a
joint project with IBM Egypt. Learned the Mozilla layout engine and added support
for right-to-left document layout and reordering of bidirectional text, even on
platforms without native Bidi support. Drove the integration of the code through
the mozilla.org review process and into the source tree. See my paper
The Story of Bidi Mozilla" from the 22nd Unicode Conference,
San Jose, September 2002.
Computer 72, Jerusalem, Israel
Developed and provided customer support for most of the company's
packages, especially in the field of accounting software for
personal computers and Novell networks.
- Adapted the company's MS-DOS book-keeping and stock-control packages for Windows.
Built a new UI based on Windows 3.11 SDK around the existing business logic in COBOL.
Solved issues arising from replacing the linear application process under MS-DOS with
a more flexible and modular UI.
- Lecturers' fees for the National Transport Institute. The system, working in a
multi-user environment, included input of hours, preparation of monthly pay
statements including deductions, automatic file export to central bank clearing to
credit the lecturers' accounts and all the necessary reports, including income tax,
national insurance and statistical reports allowing detailed analysis of work and
- Screen generator and handler. Developed a suite of utilities, written entirely in
8086 assembler, providing functions to display and entry data in a
windowed environment under MS-DOS for COBOL programs.
- Hebrew University Diplomas. Designed an implemented a system for the BBC Master
computer which included definition of calligraphic Hebrew fonts, design of blank
diploma forms including graphics and merging names of graduates from an external
file in IBM format, and printing the diplomas on a laser printer.
- Connect. A supplementary package for an existing CAD program. The project included
screen and menu design and the development of special interfaces in Assembler to
read and write .DBF files, handle mouse input and access DOS functions from COBOL