tl;dr about me: I’m an entrepreneur, developer and artisan. I co-founded Simulise. I build applications for the web, mobile and desktop and also manage & maintain some servers.

If you want to talk to me you can shoot me an email or hit me up on Twitter @stayallive (yeah, that’s with 2 l’s).

About the entrepreneur part

I work (and co-founded) @Simulise, a little bit about it:

Students have to present themselves better than ever. After the student’s formal education has finished, employers and clients expect to see insight into the skills of a person and want to know what to expect from a candidate. Educational institutions are expected to give skills a permanent place in the curriculum. This is why the online portfolio of Simulise makes those skills transparent for students and teachers -both during school time and afterwards. — Simulise

My responsibility is mostly running the “IT” side of the company. This ranges from development of our SaaS application to keeping our servers spinning.

On the side I run a little small hosting company founded by me called Alboweb. I host a large variety of sites like the @Simulise website, some very small sites, some as big as >6M pageviews per day (although these don’t run on shared infra).

We provide shared and managed hosting services on dedicated or virtual private servers. It is a great way to keep my sysadmin skills up-to-date and pet my ego when I look at our beautiful uptime reports 🤓.

About the developer part

In the few free hours I have I do some consulting and work on a freelance basis as Devalex. I work with very little to very big companies from setting up infrastructure to checking out their code or to simply step in to get sh*t done.

I’m also one of the core developers for the Sentry PHP SDK and the Laravel integration (and unofficially also the WordPress integration). If you don’t know Sentry and build any kind of application, go check them out to level up your error reporting.

And if that wasn’t enough things to keep me busy I’m also building Chief Tools (mostly scratching my own itch).

Currently I worked as resident code monkey @iCulture, the largest (and best of course) Dutch Apple focused news site. Here I work worked to make WordPress less awkward and better/faster/stronger for the writers and readers. The site is built on WordPress, but also uses the Laravel Lumen framework (to make our iOS apps blazing fast 🔥) and Elasticsearch (as our awesome search backbone).

About the artisan part

I love the Laravel PHP framework and have built quite some applications (both private and public) with it (since version 3 all the way up to 7). Have any questions? Hit me up on the Larachat Slack group (@stayallive), shoot me an email or maybe ping me on Twitter @stayallive if you can fit it in 280 chars 😉.