About

My name is Ruben Vermeersch and I’m a software engineer / product builder. I grew up in Aarschot and currently live in Leuven, Belgium.

Besides IT, I am deeply passionate about motorsports. You may want to check my list of recommendations on how to survive winter as a motorsports fan if you share that passion.

A brief history

I have always been involved in open-source software: I was a contributor to the GNOME project, especially Banshee and F-Spot. I’m a member of the GNOME foundation.

In 2007, I was part of the IBM Extreme Blue project. Together with three other students, we developed innovative mobile services for Belgium’s biggest telco, Belgacom. Our team was chosen as the IBMbe team of Q3/2007 for our achievements.

During the summers of 2008 and 2009, I participated in the Google Summer of Code project. I worked on F-Spot. More about this can be found in the relevant section of my weblog.

I studied Computer Science at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and made a Masters Thesis on how to enable extensibility and variability in application middleware, using aspect-oriented techniques. Despite aspect-orientation being a great technique, I still believe that it often brings more complexities than advantages.

In 2011, I co-founded Flow Pilots, a company that builds mobile applications for the enterprise. We had a good run, but in the end building a service company just isn’t what I wanted to do.

As of mid 2013, I’m fully independent, building towards a new product launch. I also offer my services as a Go and JavaScript freelancer, but only if the project is right.

Below you will find more details and information on how to contact me. On this site, there are also some articles. For the interested, I also have a weblog, related to technical topics as well as my day-to-day life.

Contact details

Name Ruben Vermeersch
Email ruben@rocketeer.be
Twitter @rubenv
Github @rubenv
Facebook rubenv

Posted: June 4, 2015 21:38