Robert Story based on Submission for IABM technology leader award 

Robert Story based on Submission for IABM technology leader award 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

4/25/24

Robert Nagy was just 17 and completing his high school education when he was head-hunted by SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster. His talents made him the lead developer on Casper CG, SVT’s in-house project to create a powerful, cost-effective, software-defined broadcast graphics platform. 
Nagy’s solution was based on an open source architecture. SVT being a public service broadcaster, it was duty bound to publish Casper CG, so the whole world has access to the source code. You will find Casper CG, in one form or another, in television stations around the world: “Every television station I have ever walked into is using Casper CG in some way,” according to colleagues. 
Already, then, Nagy was a technology leader. Casper CG was a virtualised graphics machine, capable of control over a network, at a time when graphics was still the realm of dedicated appliances. It was open source and available to anyone who wanted to take the platform and develop their own solution. 
While working at SVT, Nagy completed his bachelor and master degrees, at Chalmers University of Technology. His MSc supervisor, associate professor Gerardo Schneider, said “The quality of his masters thesis is far beyond the average, with scientific contributions meriting being published. Compared with all the MSc students I have met during my academic life, I would rate Robert in the top 10%.” 
He was making a living as a freelance developer, creating customised solutions based on Casper CG, when he met the team that would go on to form nxtedition. He was persuaded to join the nascent company, and immediately he took some startling technical decisions. 
The development programme started in 2012, and Nagy determined the whole development should be in JavaScript. This was not just a radical choice; it was unheard of to use what was essentially a web language for a complex commercial development. But he realised that the power of the web was, then, still in its infancy, and by adopting JavaScript he positioned nxtedition to ride on the crest of every development in web technology which has since come to pass. 
Thanks to those decisions, nxtedition’s production and delivery technology is virtualised, based on microservices, and therefore inherently cloud ready and remote ready. In the midst of a pandemic, that is more critical than ever. 
Another example of his bold leadership was his establishment of an unbreakable rule that there should be no comments in the code. He believed strongly that the code itself must make sense immediately – developers should be able to read the code like a book. 
This meant that new members of the team were instantly up to speed. He created a true hive brain, where everyone works together and rises together. He leads through mentoring, developing plans and routes for each team member through careful organisation. 
His mentoring extends beyond the nxtedition team. The web platform Stack Overflow is a widely recognised place for coders to hang out and discuss issues. Robert is unstinting in his generous sharing of wisdom and problem solving on the site, with a recommendation score approaching 42,000 – almost unheard of. 
Robert Nagy is a one-off, a clear leader in our industry because of his technology choices, his team management and his knowledge sharing. 
It was a very brave choice to go for JavaScript and virtualisation for the nxtedition platform, and he knew that once they embarked in that direction they could not go back. By building and inspiring a development team, he has made the product the success it is today, still far ahead of its competition.



Add that he is on node js steering comittee and a core contributor to NodeJS which is the fastest-growing open-source project having more than one billion downloads

Robert Nagy was just 17 and completing his high school education when he was head-hunted by SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster. His talents made him the lead developer on Casper CG, SVT’s in-house project to create a powerful, cost-effective, software-defined broadcast graphics platform. 
Nagy’s solution was based on an open source architecture. SVT being a public service broadcaster, it was duty bound to publish Casper CG, so the whole world has access to the source code. You will find Casper CG, in one form or another, in television stations around the world: “Every television station I have ever walked into is using Casper CG in some way,” according to colleagues. 
Already, then, Nagy was a technology leader. Casper CG was a virtualised graphics machine, capable of control over a network, at a time when graphics was still the realm of dedicated appliances. It was open source and available to anyone who wanted to take the platform and develop their own solution. 
While working at SVT, Nagy completed his bachelor and master degrees, at Chalmers University of Technology. His MSc supervisor, associate professor Gerardo Schneider, said “The quality of his masters thesis is far beyond the average, with scientific contributions meriting being published. Compared with all the MSc students I have met during my academic life, I would rate Robert in the top 10%.” 
He was making a living as a freelance developer, creating customised solutions based on Casper CG, when he met the team that would go on to form nxtedition. He was persuaded to join the nascent company, and immediately he took some startling technical decisions. 
The development programme started in 2012, and Nagy determined the whole development should be in JavaScript. This was not just a radical choice; it was unheard of to use what was essentially a web language for a complex commercial development. But he realised that the power of the web was, then, still in its infancy, and by adopting JavaScript he positioned nxtedition to ride on the crest of every development in web technology which has since come to pass. 
Thanks to those decisions, nxtedition’s production and delivery technology is virtualised, based on microservices, and therefore inherently cloud ready and remote ready. In the midst of a pandemic, that is more critical than ever. 
Another example of his bold leadership was his establishment of an unbreakable rule that there should be no comments in the code. He believed strongly that the code itself must make sense immediately – developers should be able to read the code like a book. 
This meant that new members of the team were instantly up to speed. He created a true hive brain, where everyone works together and rises together. He leads through mentoring, developing plans and routes for each team member through careful organisation. 
His mentoring extends beyond the nxtedition team. The web platform Stack Overflow is a widely recognised place for coders to hang out and discuss issues. Robert is unstinting in his generous sharing of wisdom and problem solving on the site, with a recommendation score approaching 42,000 – almost unheard of. 
Robert Nagy is a one-off, a clear leader in our industry because of his technology choices, his team management and his knowledge sharing. 
It was a very brave choice to go for JavaScript and virtualisation for the nxtedition platform, and he knew that once they embarked in that direction they could not go back. By building and inspiring a development team, he has made the product the success it is today, still far ahead of its competition.



Add that he is on node js steering comittee and a core contributor to NodeJS which is the fastest-growing open-source project having more than one billion downloads