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.
|User Group Organizers||Contributor||Netherlands - Arnhem-Nijmegen||Apr 2021|
|Forum Team||Member||Global Moderator||Oct 2006|
|Team||Position||Role||Date Started||Date Ended|
|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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