Michael was born in 1973 in Switzerland. In 1995 he left his job as an auto mechanic and found his way into the information technology during the .com hype.
In order to deal with the increasing requirements of the IT business next to the usual "learning by doing" Michael earned his Masters degree in I.T. as a Software Engineer at the Department of Engineering and Information Technology in Bern.
He started Railo as a diploma project where he was supposed to write a compiler for translating CFML into CFXD (Cold Fusion XML Document), a description language for Coldfusion on an XML basis.
Michael is someone who puts his heart and soul into programming. He knows Coldfusion since version 3.0 and Java nearly as long as well. Michael and his wife Françoise have a daughter named Yumi Lara.