Curriculum vitae

Projects

I am author and active maintainer of Lino, a programming framework for writing customized database applications based on Django and Sencha ExtJS. I am also the author of TIM, Lino’s predecessor which still runs on 30 sites in Belgium.

Other projects:

Work experience

From-until Employer Responsibilities
09/1990 - 01/1992 Siemens Software Center Liège Programmer / Source code maintenance. BS/2000 & UNIX
03/1992 - 08/2001 PAC Systems PGmbH (now AbAKUS) Software Developer / Analysis, Programming, Customer Projects, User Training, Research
since 11/2001 Rumma & Ko OÜ, Tallinn / Vigala Independant Software Developer and Project Manager. Software maintenance. Research, Analysis, Programming, Customer support.

Scholar education

From-until School Studies
1974 - 1986 Collège Patronné (Eupen, BE) Basic School
1986 - 1988 University Notre-Dame de la Paix (Namur, BE) Biology
1988-1990 Institut Supérieur St-Laurent (Liège, BE) Analyst/Programmer

Language skills

  • German : native language
  • French : native language
  • English : quite well
  • Estonian : saan hakkama küll
  • Dutch : able to speak and understand

Computer skills

  • Programming languages: Python, Javascript, Java, bash.
  • I have also worked in PHP, C++, Clipper, VisualBasic.
  • Application software: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GIMP
  • Operating Systems: Ubuntu, Debian
  • Databases: MySQL, SQLite, PostGreSQL, dBase, Clipper, …
  • Open Source development tools: Git, Mercurial, SVN, Trac
  • Open standards: SQL, HTML, XML, …
  • Text processing: REstructuredText, Sphinx, LaTeX, Lilypond, …

Personal preferences

  • I prefer using Free Software whenever possible and encourage people around me to do the same.
  • I prefer getting complete understanding of problems over finding quick solutions.
  • I prefer using my creativity over copying solutions of other people.
  • I am more fascinated by humans than by computers: how they learn, how they organize themselves. I enjoy communicating with end-users in order to optimize their work methods.
  • I prefer doing the first 20% of a job which return 80% of the final result.
  • I haven’t watched television other than occasionally since about 1990.

Hobbies

  • I enjoy singing alone and with others. I have a more than average musical education but did never consider becoming a professional.
  • I sporadically work for Wikipedia, mostly in Estonian because I live there, sometimes in German because that’s my mother language.
  • I was a motivated Scout leader between September 1986 and July 1994. After these 8 years I continued during several years to organize trainings for young scout leaders. The FSC honored my work by assigning me the Wood Badge award.

Personal views

  • I grew up in a catholic family, and after moving to Vigala engaged in the local lutheran church community. My faith has been influenced by the spirituality of the Taizé community.
  • I am not actively engaged in any political party. The politicalcompass.org website classified me as Economically rather Left and Socially moderatedly Libertarian. I believe that finding ways for global sustainable development is more important than keeping the consumer society running. If given the choice between a a world-wide economic crisis and climate catastrophe, I’d chose the former. We need new sociological methods in order to become rule this world.