go-hiking.net

by Mark Deraeve 9. January 2008 01:52

Since I'm passing many hours behind a computer screen, my body is tortured whole day long. Phisically I try to compensate this with extreme hinking. It gives me a good reason to keep my body in shape. This year we are planning to climb the highest mountain of Norway during winter time. With a budget of 300€ we will be away for a week. This means that we look for the most cheap way to travel and hike. Instead of buying expensive equipement, we use basic things. For example we will use 2 low quality sleeping bags to fight the cold instead of one expansive sleeping bag. This will provide valuable information for the average hikers. Follow our project here.


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Winter hike

by Mark Deraeve 8. January 2008 17:32

Besides being nurdisch, I'm an active christian and a hiker. I try to do one big hiking trip every year. This year I'm going to hike in the winter. Together with 2 friends I'm trying to climb the highest mountain of norway. Using only basic equipement and sleeping in a tent. You can follow this trip on this sharepoint 2003 site.  This site is no longer available!


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I started as a VB6 developer, programming all kinds of applications. I also got involved in the development of a e-market in ASP.

When .Net was introduced, I had the privilege to start in a team of professionals and develop a framework. I learned a lot and started to work as a c#.Net consultant from then on.

After 2 years I also got the chance to work for several months with Sharepoint. Sharepoint kept chasing me all the years after and when the product got more and more mature I started to love it. Now Sharepoint is a somewhat daily occupation for me. I implemented a large quality document management system at PMRL being the only developper/technical analyst. Working close togehter with the QA department we succeeded in making and improving a very good Quality document management system. Its used up until this day.

I worked for 6 years as a .Net consultant for 2 of the largest consultancy companies in Belgium. I mainly worked as a Sharepoint engineer, but also .Net expert and several ASP.Net and Windows applications. One of my last projects with the consultancy was creating a custom LIMS system. This was a succes and the customer asked me to stay and help to expand and maintain this LIMS. I had great years in this company. There was a focus on innovation and a lot of opportunities for improving and developping new IS systems. Apart from several small projects I further more improved the custom LIMS system, created a SOP library based on Sharepoint and a web based Skill matrix system to handle the skills of the employees in the company. 

Then I was involved in transferring the LIMS to a new lab in Singapore. This was done in a short time frame. The deployment was again a success and it passed the GLP inspection tests. I learned a lot from the Quality engineers about validation of computerized systems.

At my current job I have a wide range of challenges. Mainly I'm still working with .Net (VB.net and C#.Net). But outside of the Microsoft world I also do some ABAB programming in our SAP system. Like developing Adobe Forms and the program behind it. Or making small changes to customized code.

Latest I started to follow a course from Stanford Univercity on Objective C programming for IPAD and IPHONE.I just finished the first app for IPad and it appears to be a great succes. People in the factory are working with IPad to take pictures and upload them to orders. Already more and more projects are coming my way. The iOS apps are supported by a home made .Net architecture that exposes WCF services. Its working great. My second app is almost ready for deployment in factories. Now I started an App for the management team so they can manage projects on their IPAD and IPHONE.

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