A new fish in the pond


It’s been so long, again!

It’s quiet crazy how time goes so fast! I haven’t had any time to make posts here, but I hope to write some more in the near future, and if not here at least on Travelfusion’s blog (I’ll post the link here when we go live). I’ve been working for Travelfusion since July and it’s been a great experience! If you want to find cheap flights you should check our website. I am currently the lead developer for the site and we have a planned a major redesign, so there are so many cool things to implement using GWT. Drop by anytime and give us some feedback.

I am loving London, so much to do, never bored – well almost never – and visiting friends and family once a month just makes up for the occasionally lonely days.

Here are some pictures of a team building event. I can’t say for sure that shooting each other is team building but it was a lot of fun.


TomTom Young Talent Development Program

I was selected for the TomTom Young Development Program later last year. 🙂

We had our first module in the RSM Rotterdam and it was great to meet with “TomTomers” from all other departments and offices from around the world. The TomTom YTD Program is made of carefully developed modules, courses and coaching and interaction with peers in a dynamic, multi disciplinary and international environment. Themes include coaching, personal effectiveness, leadership development and communication.

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well” – Rene Descartes

Officially Java

Just to keep in the record (for myself :P), I officially moved from the C++ team to the Java team! The last two weeks have been great. I’ve had the opportunity to attend really great sessions given by Alef Arendsen from Interface21:

  • Introduction to Java EE
  • Introduction to Spring
  • Spring Core

Although the training was mostly about Spring, Alef also talked about Unit Testing, EasyMock and Eclipse shortcut keys (very usefull)!

One step ahead

I once read that setting objectives was one of the most important and first steps someone should make in order to achieve something in life. I am glad I took the time to think what I ambitioned professionally and I am so pleased that I am starting to see the results of my perseverance. After a few months of looking for an opportunity as a Java Software Developer, I was offered the chance within the company where I currently work. 🙂 This is a very important and decisive milestone in my career. I am looking forward to this new role, where I will have the chance to learn, contribute and hopefully have a lot of fun!

Can you forget what I just said?

Sometimes I have a déjà-vu of those times when I had to answer a last question on an exam and I only had five minutes to do it. I had to spit up an answer and I just couldn’t get it out, thus, I would write the first thing that would come to mind.

It only gets worse when I had to answer a question face to the professor! Well it depends on the question of course, but sometimes even when I happen to knew the answer I would find a way to mix it all up. And then, I would come up with the most brainless though.

Now that I am through with those times, I still find a way to resemble them occasionally. So how would you deal with it? Make a post on your blog about it? Maybe yes, if it makes you remember that you can’t know everything and that you can do better next time. If it makes you remember of how you overcome that fall short, by going home and grabbing some books or Google in search of an answer. In the end, you only win, by learning more every time again. And if you felt disappointment with yourself, you will feel contentment after learning the answer.