"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."
— Vincent Van Gogh
Back in 1989 my first passion was gaming. An Amiga 1000 with the classic joystick made for hours of roaming in digital space. From that interest came a curiosity in 3D modeling, drawing and art. In 1999 the movie 'The Matrix' had me hooked as I exited the theatre trying to bend reality. The Sci-fi part in me was tickled, never to fade away. As a developing geek I soon added technology, space and casemodding to the list. Since all these passions take a huge toll on a person, sometimes I have to unwind. What beter than a nice game of chess and some chill beats to get the job done?
From starting with (D)HTML back in 1997 to an entire development environment in dockers today.
Whenever I find something that tickles the brain, i dive in and want to know everything about it.
Some people call it neurotic, I call it a passion. A passion that will never get old and as such,
we keep on learning every day. Self-thought man? Nah, just driven.
Followed a 2 year course when I wanted to start my own business in development.
In the late 90's life (and my parents) forced me to take an apprentice job.
I started to discover (D)HTML and all its powers. Away went the interest in carpenting.
Since a technical profession always seemed a good fit, i started in a technical school where i learned
carpenting. As to this day, i love working with wood. Oh the smell of freshly shaved wood!
From my first attempt at coding with a clan website named bomb-online (2004) and a combo effort at modding/blogging with themnuts.be (2007) I entered the virtual world of development now (partially) gone in time. Starting digitalgeneration.be (2010), I created my first 'responsive' website. In the era of non-existing css frameworks this was a nice accomplishment having it scale for larger screens. While developing this idea, the website for delicieux-gent.be (2010) was born. A CMS in PHP with ordermanagement and ticket printing was the icing on the cake.
From time to time a weaker moment in design was allowed, to be remembered for all times. For me this is and will always will be hdecleyn.be (2010). Not my brightest design, still kicking it after 8 years without a glitch though!
A reboot of my personal site brought Bootstrap and jQuery to the game. With version 2 of digitalgeneration.be (2014) I discovered that being lazy wasen't that bad. Template galore and here came compoint.be (2014) , topramen.be (2014) and many more. When lehomardrouge.be (2015) wanted a new version we went all out with Codeigniter and learned what OOP and MVC was all about. Not wanting to sit still, we left the pre-made sites for what they were and went back to show some creativity. advocaatdeschryver.be (2016) shows that complicated isn't always better. Bringing all my skills together, I created an entire custom webshop: longboardcave.com (2016)
Building a complex custom built CMS that manages +400 subsites.
The project is made in a heavily modified version of Codeigniter and runs in a fully dockerized development environment.
All this managed in Gitlab with CD in mind. The use of Elasticsearch was a nice challenge but loads of fun!
Sint-niklaas | http://dddistribution.be
Venturing the world on my own, I started a business where the main focus was on HMVC.
One year, one custom webshop. The result finally showed off all the years of hard work.
I am a proud man.
When the focus of the business shifted towards development and services, i was asked to become
the lead developer of the team. As my passion was always coding, it didn't take long to accept.
Expanding my skills and deep diving into Codeigniter gave some fancy results. We were getting there!
Ghent | http://compoint.be
When opening a new store in Zelzate, I was blessed with the power to choose the store layout & design
and keep things organized. My work included common tasks such as basic bookkeeping but went as far as
managing a 4 man team satisfying (almost) every customer. I discovered the world of frameworks and MVC.
Man what a time to be alive!
Zelzate | http://compoint.be
My fist job that had anything close to do with development. I became a technician and gradually built myself
up to Head technician. From time to time I would build your out-of-the-box website but nothing fancy yet.
Ghent | http://compoint.be