Erlend Aakre

Hello, I'm Erlend Aakre

Software Developer. | Back-end services. | Functional programming. | Scala Programmer. | ZIO.

Erlend Aakre

Functional Scala developer.

Core skillset

Scala, Zio
Linux, Docker, AWS
Functional architecture and design
Clean Code, Design principles, TDD


Professional profile

15+ years of Java development and 12 years of developing industry leading web applications.

Currently my focus and intrest is with highly available distributed back-end development using Scala and ZIO.

In my spare time I like to read up on functional programming and design and currently have a big interest in the ZIO ecosystem, sometimes I make games and overly complicated home automation.

Areas of interest

Some of the things I can do.

Back end development

Development of robust scalable back-end solutions using Scala with Scalatra/Play/Akka

DB and middleware

Highly available systems using Akka, MongoDB, Cassandra and message queueing systems like Kafka and RabbitMQ.


Linux administration experience, virtualization, Docker, Git, Bash/zsh, Terraform.

Code quality

Clean code evangelist, functional programming enthusiast, agile development (Scrum and Kanban), high standard of architecture and software engineering following patterns, SOLID and design principles.

Responsive design

Highly responsive websites using latest standards like angular, bootstrap, html5, mobile/tablet friendly web applications.


Excited about good unit and functional test coverage, test driven development and continuous integration.


My education and experience.

Experience (abridged)

Senior Software developer

Consultant working on high performance, big data, and streaming applications using Scala and ZIO


2021 - Current

Senior Software engineer

Backend development on microservices in the payments domain using Scala, Cats, Play, Docker, AWS


2018 - 2021

Senior Software developer

Backend development for document management using Java, Scala and technologies like Docker, Infinispan, Wildfly

EFS Technology

2017 - 2018

Senior Software engineer

Web services for a startup developing a new online bannking platform, using Scala, Scalatra, Akka and T24

Momo Group LTD

2016 - 2017

Core Software developer

Developing web services (Grails, Mongo, RabbitMQ) and web applications (ExtJS, Sencha Touch) for cognitive testing for research, pharmaceutical and medical use.

Cambridge Cognition

2014 - 2015

Consultant (Software developer)

Worked as a software consultant (back-end services and front-end development) for several industry leading companies. Large databases and searching for the Norwegian national library and universities, Java2D/Java3D/openGL visualization of oil wells, back-end and customer portals for world leading road user charging / transportation management company, and developing web based and smart phone app for home and car heating automation.

Adecco / Experis

2008 - 2013

Java/game developer

Working on a EU research project (PRIME), developing a multiplayer online educational strategy game to teach supply chain management. Worked together with teams across several EU countries developing a Java client/server game application.


2006 - 2008

Assistant lecturer

4 semesters of working as student assistant and later as assistant lecturer, managing 6-7 student assistants and 80 students while creating and presenting course material in the advanced programming course.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

2004 - 2006


Computer science

Bachelor's degree, Information Technology.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

2013 - 2016