- I hold a professional bread baker’s degree so naturally I love to think of myself as a real baker. I highly respect the craft and enjoy kneading dough with my hands.
- I specialize in sourdough bread, as you can read at my bread baking blog. I love to rekindle the interest in sourdough by organizing workshops.
- I’ve written a book on the science of sourdough bread.
- I am a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, KU Leuven.
- My academic research focuses on identifying and amplifying non-technical skills in software engineering education, primarily targetting creative problem solving.
- I mainly employ qualitative methods and prefer to mix disciplines such as computing education, cognitive psychology, and architecture.
- I’m an experienced software engineer and took on various roles from agile coaching to technical lead. I hold a Master of Computer Science from Hasselt Univeristy. Take a look at my Github account.
- I’m a heavy Test Driven Development fan and I bark at those who don’t. I taught agile software engineering techniques in both industry and academia.
- I dislike specializing in one particular programming language: the more there is to learn, the better, although I prefer dynamic languages.
- I’m a fountain pen addict and avid journaler. I love jotting down stuff.
- This blog is the ideal place to write down my freshly baked thoughts about virtually anything, primarily intended to amuse myself, and hopefully also others.
- Oh, and as said, I’ve published a book on the science of sourdough bread and occasionally take part in National Novel Writing Months - with varying results.
- Transforming knowledge into well-digestible material is my mission. As they say: the best way to learn something is to teach it - I couldn’t agree more.
- Besides various formal teaching assignments at KU Leuven, I’ve also coached software developers in different companies, and occasionally organize bread baking workshops.
If you found my work amusing and/or helpful, you can buy me a coffee - if you don’t mind I’ll use it to drink a cup of tea instead. I also like to hear your feedback via:
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What’s a multiclass?
Multiclassing in Dungeons & Dragons (yes, I’m also a nerd) allows your character to advance in more than one class. Instead of playing as the conventional mage or fighter, you can be both. This concept neatly summarizes my vision of a profession.
There are multiple concepts all defining the same thing:
- Emilie Wapnick uses the term multipotentialite. A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.
- Philosopher Johann von Wowern wrote in 1603 about polymaths: knowledge of various matters, drawn from all kinds of studies […] ranging freely through all the fields of the disciplines, as far as the human mind, with unwearied industry, is able to pursue them.
- Another lovely term is renaissance men: a person with many talents or areas of knowledge. Da Vinci is the prime example of such a man. Of course I couldn’t possibly live up to these expectations. The notion of a homo universalis might also be stretching it a bit too far.
I used to be only good at programming because I thought, as a Computer Scientist, you specialize instead of generalize. But the more I worked with computers, the more my hands itched to do something else. So nowadays I love to go wide and pass on that enthusiasm for knowledge on any level.
Where good ideas come from: books
I keep an active Goodreads account where I manage everything I’ve read and want to read. I invite you to join the community there. Marking a book as read and writing a (short) review never was that satisfying…
I used to be almost exclusively a fantasy reader. Now I mostly read non-fiction on the most diverse topics, but I do have a soft spot for things like philosophy, art, mindful food and software engineering.
These are the latest 12 books I’ve read: