We’re already well past New Year, so it’s very much time for another look back and forward. Why? Why do I do this, you might ask? Well, it’s nice to take a step away from the daily rush and reflect over a previous time period. That can be any period of time, but it might as well be a year. And then you might as well do it at the transition to a new year. It helps you look back

Well, 2020 was quite the ride. The world knew its usual share of turmoil, but this time it was topped of with COVID-19. I hope you and everyone you know are doing well, but unfortunately many people know at least someone who suffered this disease and maybe even passed away because of it. Because of this crisis, my main customer asked me to cut down the monthly work so that the costs can be reduced. Luckily, I have been following

It’s that time of the year again, so some best wishes and a minor retrospective are in order. First of all, I wish you and your family and friends all the best for 2020. Also, I hope you can enjoy the holiday season with some time off. 2019 was a busy year for me. My two main achievements were creating a LinkedIn Learning course on RabbitMQ and co-founding a local developers meetup group called Building Bruges. The RabbitMQ course was

At the end of every year, I write a post to look back at the year that has passed, and forward to the year that will come. I’ve been doing this since the end of 2013. So here’s this year’s end-of-the-year-post. 2018 In 2017, I helped launch Peergroups. This website is still running, but we’ve found it challenging to attract new groups and to keep users coming back. So currently, development is at a minimum there. This is also the

Another year has past, and as always, I’ll do a quick overview of what happened. I’ll also look at what will happen, making silly predictions and statements about what I will do in the next year. Predictions and statements that usually don’t come to fruition, because, well things happen and interests change. 2017 Peergroups 2017 was the year I helped launch Peergroups, a sister-project to Peerby. Both are part of the sharing economy. They allow you to make a request

Another year has passed, and so I look back at my goals and set new ones. For 2016, I had set less specific goals, but I had also set some goals I hadn’t mentioned. Maybe because I was scared to put them out there publicly and have to admit later that I hadn’t achieved any of them. But here’s my list: take my exam on Zythology (the study of beer): done finish an Aurelia project: nope, haven’t even continued on

Proud fact: this month, I start my 9th year of blogging. That means I’ve been at it for 8 years. My first post was on Blogger and was about UML. Since then, my writing has definitely improved and become more focused, mainly on .NET and more recently javascript. I enjoy writing, but can’t always find the time or energy for it. So I’m not what you call a regular blogger. Which is the hardest part of blogging. Many people start

Another year has past, and I suspect many bloggers will be making lists of what happened in 2014 and what will happen in 2015. And so will I, but I’ll keep it short. These lists are actually quite handy, because they allow you to keep track of what your goals are and whether or not you met them. Depending on your situation, you might decide you slacked too much, or maybe you had too many goals. Or unrealistic ones. Or

This is a short post, partly for self-reflection, partly for you to enjoy. In the beginning of 2013, I decided for myself that instead of attending to speaker sessions on a certain technology, I would spend that time actually using said technology. In the past, I found a lot of user group sessions in my area (Belgium) to be somewhat lacking. Great if you know absolutely nothing about the subject, but often it was a repetition of things I already