Kirk Knoernschild is an analyst covering many aspects of application platform strategies, including development platforms, programming languages and frameworks, mobile application platforms, and the software development life cycle (SDLC).
Prior to joining Gartner in the Gartner for Technical Professionals Group, Mr. Knoernschild was a software developer who could be found working in the trenches on enterprise software development projects. With over 19 years of software development experience, Mr. Knoernschild has filled most roles on the software development team. He is an open-source contributor, has authored numerous articles, and is a frequent conference speaker. He has trained and mentored thousands of software professionals on topics including Java/J2EE, modeling, software architecture and design, component-based development, service-oriented architecture, mobile application development, Web technologies, and software process. Mr. Knoernschild is trapped in a software developer's body and continues to enjoy hacking in a variety of languages, including Java, Net, Ruby and PHP.