Hi, I'm Thomas. I'm 29 years old, living in Ghent. I'm a professional Frontend Developer, currently working at The Reference.
I studied Applied Computer Sciences at Hogeschool Gent. I chose the Mobile Development track, and went on Erasmus to Barcelona to learn more about Swift and Java. During my internship for Rialto I created an iOS app in Swift.
After graduating I worked for the startup Happs as a full-stack developer, where I created and maintained the website. I also created an app for a client in React Native during this period.
You can read more about my work in the section below.
For Happs Development I created and maintained the website for Karaton where speech therapists and parents of dyslexic could follow up on the progress their children/patients are making in the Karaton game.
There were a lot of graphs to be shown with Highcharts, a payment integration through Mollie, different roles for admins/therapists/parents.
In this team I worked as a Full Stack Developer, giving me a lot of insight in how the backend of a web application works.
At my internship for Rialto I created an iOS app from scratch in Swift where real estate companies could easily manage their listings.
I created the screens in storyboards based on the designs provided by our designer.
When the screens were finished I used Swift code to implement functionality such as logins through an API, fetching the listings through an API, saving the listings in the SQLite database..
While working at Happs Development I also created a mobile application for a speech therapist to help children with discalculia to learn how to count and do simple math exercises in a fun game form.
The app was created from scratch using React Native for fast development, and Expo to get fast previews of the app on real devices.
This project taught me a lot about animations, how to handle dynamically generated sound output for the spoken numbers, learn which platform specific APIs to use..
At my current job at The Reference I help maintain the website for Carglass, we keep adding new features and maintain the older code in sprints.
We have a separate Backend Development team, so my focus is purely on the Frontend Development in ReactJS.
In the booking flows we make heavy use of MobX for state management, Local- and Sessionstorage to save intermediary input by the users and integrate with APIs from different parties.
One of the other clients I work for at The Reference is Nationale Loterij, for this client we constantly create new features with a modern look on a monthly basis.
In this project I get to test out even more new technologies, and new features in the existing technologies (think React Hooks, CSS3 animations..).
The feature I'm most proud of is the interactive Sponsoring Map of Belgium we created with some nice animations and beautiful design.
In my free time I like to experiment with other frameworks and technologies too, this is why I made a website using Wordpress for a friend of mine who started a psychologists practice.
My friend gave me some high level designs, and I got to work! I selected a fitting theme.
I built on the theme with a lot of plugins to optimize the speed of the website (Autoptimize), the SEO (Yoast) and anti-spam by Akismet.
In 2020 I participated in Hacktoberfest for the first time ever. I did some research on which open source project I would like to contribute to, and landed on DeckDeckGo.
It was a lot of fun to coloborate with other open source contributors, and to work in a new technological stack. I'm definitely going to continue contributing to open source in the future!