Nijmegen, Netherlands

I love the freedom and possibilities that open source software gives you as user and the knowledge sharing that you can only find within such open source communities. I love Joomla, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Internet of Things (IoT) and combining them.

Team Position Role Date Started
Joomla Experience Team Assistant Team Leader UX Engineer Nov 2022
User Group Organizers Contributor Netherlands - Arnhem-Nijmegen Apr 2021
Forum Team Member Global Moderator Oct 2006
Team Position Role Date Started Date Ended
Joomla Experience Team Member Information Architect Sep 2022 Nov 2022
GSoC 21 Frontend Inline Editing Member May 2021 Sep 2021
Google Summer of Code Joomla Team Member Mentor Jan 2021 Sep 2021
GSoC 17 Refactoring help screen on JDocs Member Mentor May 2017 Dec 2017
Google Summer of Code Joomla Team Contributor Mentor May 2017 Dec 2017
Google Summer of Code Joomla Team Member Mentor Mar 2017 Mar 2017
Operations Department Coordinator Feb 2017 Mar 2018
Security Strike Team Member Oct 2016 May 2017
GSoC 16 Improving the menu item workflow Member Project Mentor Jun 2016 Dec 2016
Google Summer of Code Joomla Team Member Mentor Feb 2016 Dec 2016
Bug Squad Member Contributor Jan 2014 Jun 2019
Forum Team CLT Liaison Global Moderator Jul 2009 Apr 2015
Community Leadership Team Department Member Jul 2009 Apr 2015

In the 90s I created my own HTML website, which had a discography (list of music) I compiled with the music of electronic musician Amon Tobin. His discography got visited quite well. Early 2000s the list got too long and the page load too slow. In 2003 I learned PHP/MySQL and made a web application for the discography.

A year later, in early 2004, I discovered the predecessor of Joomla: Mambo CMS. Not having to write all code from scratch, but using the CMS framework for database connection, security and screen output was awesome!

After the split from Mambo in 2005, the Joomla community started from scratch. To give something back to the community for the awesome software I was able to use for free and without limitations, I decided to spend some time at the forum to help other Joomla users solving their problems. In 2006 I was asked to help out as forum moderator.

After that I have been active in the Joomla Community Leadership Team (CLT), as mentor for Google Summer of Code, co-organizing Joomla Pizza Bugs and Fun (PBF) in The Netherlands, co-organizing Dutch Joomla Developers meetups to share knowledge.

Furthermore I enjoy sharing knowledge and have done a lot of Joomla presentations at Joomla events world-wide.

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