Hi there! Thanks for reading my blog.
As far as I can see there are several motivations for people to start a blog and conquer a private spot on the world-wide-web. I have had blogs before, mostly for the amusement of myself, friends and family. But as an ICT professional and one with many interests… I decided to start this one with the ambition and hope to provide good resources, tutorials and share my work with anyone interested.
Ok all nice and well… but maybe I should introduce myself first…
I am a Dutchie but moved to Oz.
I am a graphics freelancer and IT professional. I recently got hired as a web designer / developer for a SEO company in Sydney. I have been working in ICT for over 8 years, mostly as a system developer for Microsoft platforms and environments. I have significant experience in all aspects of the development life-cycle such as functional design, technical design, development and testing of information systems. I develop applications for both windows as well as web in C# using Microsoft .Net technology. I am skilled in developing database programs in SQL Server and working on my certification for Business Intelligence Developer (MCITP).
So that covers the professional side… On the personal side… I embrace open source. I so much appreciate the hard work talented and enthusiastic developers put into creating tools and programs that often can compete with commercially available software. I try-out lots of software to see if it meets my requirements and how it can be used in my personal projects. That includes the use of MySQL as well as experimenting with other programming languages. And I am a fanatic Inkscape user. I am still considering to participate in its development, but for now I limit myself to writing Inkscape beginner tutorials.
I am not really sure if I should call my efforts projects.. but it seems a good denominator to group them with, the alternative would be ‘hobbies’, but what’s in a name? I want this site to reflect the activities that currently hold my interest.
- Implementation of an open source CMS. I have looked into several options, and it was a hard time deciding upon a CMS that will work ‘out-of-the-box’, requiring minimum customization, or something I can totally mould myself. But as a developer.. hehe.. you probably can guess what I decided… And the second hard choice was to decide upon the programming language to use for modifications. I have decided to give UMBRACO a spin. I have it running locally and am considering its implementation on one of my domains. If you NEVER heard about it.. check out the website.. it is made by developers.. for developers.. and it is way cool. I also run a Joomla based website and I really like to do more development for that. And of course this one – good ol’ WordPress. It has a lot – it is just not a full CMS (yet).
- 3D graphic design. I have been toying with 3D applications for many years, but so far it has been toying. Time to put some effort into that and while I refresh my basic skills I hope to provide some nice how-to’s on this site. Think about Blender and DAZ Studio, tho I use some commercial programs too.
- 2D graphic design. Many years experimenting with 2D graphics applications (vectors, natural painting and photo manipulation) have taught me many skills. I use 2D graphics to brighten up websites, create textures for my 3D objects, clean or enhance photographs, and whatever else. I have learned many tricks as many tips and tutorials are widely available on the world-wide-web. So I am planning to share my resources as well as full project tutorials I created myself on this site. If I link to tutorials on the web it will be because I think they are exceptional, not to fill my page. My toolkit includes several commercial packages, but also freely available programs like Paint.Net, XnView, InkScape, Gimp, MapZone, Project Dogwaffle (version 1.2 is freeware!), ArtRage (the starter edition is free!). Did I mention Inkscape? It is currently my absolute favorite.
- CSS Template design. As a web developer in a major IT company, it is not needed to have any skills in website design as ‘that is what the graphic design and usability group does’. Fortunately I have had some degrees of freedom, and as graphics design has my interest .. template design for me is just an extension of other skills. I will make template designs available as open source through this site. And before you ask.. why didn’t I create the current design.. well.. for now my time seems to be limited.. but it will come.. just be sure of that.
- Photography. I love to go out there (the big wide world) with my Nikon D50 and find interesting places, situations, people to freeze frame forever. I do not claim to be a particular good photographer, but I am an enthusiastic one. My dad taught me to use a camera when I was about 10 years old and I learned how to do old fashioned photo laboratory work by the age of 12. Of course nowadays I use digital techniques to modify and enhance my pictures, and those I consider good enough for display will be shared with you.
- Coding, coding, coding… not sure where that will lead to either.. but interesting snippets and applications will be shared.
So why should you check back?
There are thousands of websites that provide similar information, so I feel already fortunate that you decided to visit my site – and apparently are still reading it *smiles* For the time being there may not be too much content yet.. but please check back now and then as I promise to add new things frequently.