Thanks for visiting, what's up? My name's Tom, 45 years old and I am a developer. I live in Antwerp together with my wife Cynthia. In my spare time I am an avid gamer with a strong preference for RPGs and strategy games. I like music, history, politics and bitching about the sorry state of the world on Twitter. Still dreaming of becoming the new Sid Meier, I dabble in Unity from time to time.
This is an incomplete overview of my skills, focusing on web development. Before I became a developer, I worked for ten years in various IT positions, support, system & network management and application management.
Since 2005 then I have gathered a lot of experience programming front-end applications and back-end systems, both procedural and OO. For personal projects I use CodeIgniter, as it's easy and lightweight. Professionally, I am preparing myself for the launch of Drupal 8.
Frameworks: CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, Symfony2
CMS: Drupal (5/6/7), custom, WordPress, Joomla
IDE: Zend Studio, Netbeans
In 1998 my then employer Océ Belgium was getting a company website and I was chosen for the role as webdeveloper/webmaster. From that first static HTML website and Dreamweaver, I moved on to using HTML to build content-rich media websites and dynamic webapplications. Those experiences gave me a good knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3.
Frameworks: jQuery, AngularJS, MooTools
I gained a lot of experience with databases as an application manager and system manager. Different types of database I managed were Foxpro 2.4, Ms Access MS SQL Server and Oracle 8i. Once I became a PHP developer, I started using MySQL a lot. Both maintaining MySQL databases as designing them are part of my daily tasks. Currently I am exploring NoSQL databases such as MongoDB.
Experience with commandline, phpMyAdmin and MySQL Workbench.
Maybe the part of web development I like the most. For personal projects, I am always looking out for interesting open datasets. If you have a tip for me, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Experienced in SOAP, REST and XML-RPC. For testing purposes I use SoapUI. In the past I have created applications using Google, Twitter, Bing and Yahoo API's.
Over twenty-five years of experience with operating systems, mostly Windows and Linux. Professionally I currently use Ubuntu as my main OS and Windows 8 for personal uses.
Experience with making both high level and detailed technical analyses and architectural designs.
Experience with writing user manuals and technical documentation..
Fluent in Dutch, English and French, both in speaking and writing. Basic knowledge of German.
Very good general knowledge, good knowledge of the energy market and media business.
Experienced writer of news articles and game reviews.
An overview of the most important professional projects I worked on.
Company website of the energy provider Essent.be and their main acquisition channel. Dupal 7 with a custom theme and lots of custom modules like customer signup, price comparison and elaborate FAQ. Uses webservices to fetch needed information for certain functionality.
Online customer service portal of Essent.be. Front-end is a Drupal module on the company website while the back-end is a PHP application build ZF1. Uses MySQL for data storage and comunicates through webservices to other applications.
Company website of asset management firm Merit Capital Belgium, a WordPress-site. Also build an asset management tool, this tool was ported from an Excel macro to a custom PHP application build on CodeIgniter and jQuery. This application used external financial webservices to create asset management profiles of clients.
Website for Tijsterman, a chain of Dutch bakeries. Drupal with catalog, online order functionality and custom Google Maps module to find the nearest Tijsterman shop.
Website of the Flemish weekly publication P-magazine. Drupal with custom media modules, automatic newsletter module, custom ad module, blog and competitions.
Website of the Flemish monthly publication Menzo. Drupal with custom media modules, custom ad module, competitions and custom poll module.
Website and community portal of the Benelux edition of Official PlayStation Magazine. Custom CMS build on CodeIgniter & MooTools. Site existed of news, reviews, screenshots, trailers, competitions and integrated vBulletin forum.
Website and community portal of the monthly publication about games, Chief. Custom CMS build on CodeIgniter & MooTools. Site existed of news, reviews, screenshots, trailers, competitions and integrated vBulletin forum.
Infotainment site of Flemish publisher Thinkmedia. Drupal with custom media modules, automatic import & publishing of external feeds, competitions and automatic newsletter tool. My first ever Drupal-site and besides developing it I maintained the website for several years.
A descending chronological overview of my past work experiences. You can download my full CV here.
Period: November 2011 - current day
Job description: Development of company website, customer service portal, contracting front-end and various sales and financial applications.
Technologies: PHP, Zend Framework, Drupal, jQuery, HTML/CSS, MySQL, Linux, Apache, webservices...
Location: Antwerpen, Kontich
Period: May 2011 - October 2011
Job description: Development of websites and web applications for clients.
Technologies: PHP, Drupal, WordPress, jQuery, HTML/CSS, MySQL, Apache...
Period: August 2008 - May 2011
Job description: development and management of websites for magazines, corporate website and mini-sites.
Technologies: PHP, CodeIgniter, Drupal, jQuery, MooTools, HTML/CSS, MySQL, Apache, webservices...
Period: 2006 - 2007
Job description: management of helpdesk and a team of service engineers, post-sales support at Dell in Amsterdam
Period: 2002 - 2006
Job description: Management of systems and LAN/WAN. Management of sales and CRM applications.
Location: Mechelen, Turnhout
Period: 2001 - 2002
Job description: development and management of Servicewatch, an application that gave a real-time data & voice usage overview to corporate clients.
Period: 1999 - 2001
Job description: IT support, management of systems and LAN, management of CRM and billing applications, Windows NT webhosting
Period: 1998 - 1999
Job description: IT support, system management, PABX management, webmaster and LAN management.
Location: Brussel, Herstal
Please drop me a line if you have more questions.