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Koen de Jonge

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Date: 4/1/2009 11:58 am
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Name: Koen de Jonge
Username: koen (on webgui.org) SynQ (on irc)
Age: 34
Profession/Employer: Owner and CEO of ProcoliX
Place of Residence: Dordrecht, The Netherlands

WebGUI Related Questions

In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?
I'm involved in making the WRE better, I report bugs and RFE's, I am the current Chairman of the WebGUI Open Source Software Association (that runs webgui.nl). I try to be on the IRC channel a lot and I promote WebGUI by talking about it on every suitable occasion.

When did you first hear of WebGUI?

Somewhere in 2001 when ProcoliX was looking for a good platform to build upon.

How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?
When ProcoliX chose WebGUI I got involved in translating and tried to get involved in development, but then already the WebGUI code was way too advanced for my programming skills.

Are you paid to work on WebGUI?
In a sense yes. ProcoliX makes some money by selling services around WebGUI like hosting and consultancy for setups.

How much time do you spend on WebGUI?
On average about 1 to 2 hours a day.

What do you think is still missing from WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?

Numbers. Two or three posts on the discussion boards a day is not so much in my view. We could use a few thousand more members of the community. In fact a few thousand more members per state or per country would be even better.

What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?

The fact that WebGUI is being developed by real people. And that it works most of the time, and does what I would like it to do some of the time.

What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?
Actually I don't think that there is one killer feature. The combined features make it a killer platform. If I would have to name something I think I would say it's templatability and code robustness.

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?

I would say that the greatest weakness is that there is no killer feature. WebGUI is like a good businessman: it knows a lot of trades, but none ultimately well, but it knows how to combine those trades to make a profit.

What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?

What competition? Someone has yet to show me a system like WebGUI that comes even close to it. But that is probably because I have known WebGUI so long that it has become like an old friend to me.

What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?

Getting Bart to translate WebGUI version 5 by offering him a sailing holiday in return.

Have you attended the WebGUI User's Conference?
Yes I have, I believe about 5 times now.

Where do you keep your Gooey doll?
I keep one in my office, one in my home-office, one in my bedroom, one in my daughter's bedroom, one in my living room, there is a box of them at the office and last there is one in our data-center. Perhaps I should put one in my car too. :)

Personal Questions

How would you describe yourself?
Kind, warm, enthusiastic, loving, sentimental, opinionated, strong, smart, positive and chaotic.

Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?
Happily married with Tessa.

Do you have any kids?
In fact, this question is right on spot. I am the father of my few weeks old and beautiful daughter Emma.

Do you have any pets?
I have a very sweet dog of the race Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever called Cantos Carusso of Great Pleasure.

If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?
Go to the Concertgebouw or the Doelen and attend a symphony performed by one of the Netherlands finest and world famous orchestras. Or take a sailing trip in Friesland.

What do you hate?
Injustice and inequality based on injustice. Oh, and incurable diseases.

What do you love?
I love a good steak, a nice beer, a good wine, Tchaikovsky, my BMW 540i Touring, an operating system that does not crash too often, old houses, Victorian clothing, French cheese, old cemeteries, quality in general, open people, open standards, open software, openness, long discussions, late night walks, open fire, roast, Jeroen Bosch, Monet, Berlioz, scotch whisky (not whiskey), oude jenever, trifle, Genesis, Daft Punk, sailing, sleeping, cuddling, comedy, stage plays, old people's stories, and much much more.

What's the last book you read?
Eckart Wintzen's diary. It's about a Dutch guy that builds his company by splitting it into two autonomous units each time it grows beyond a certain number of people.

What's the last CD/MP3 you bought (or downloaded)?

Guus Meeuwis probably, I quite like Dutch language music.

What's the last movie you watched?
The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith (on tv).

You're stuck on a train/plane for 6 hours and bored out of your mind, what do you do to amuse yourself?

Find someone to talk to and/or get to learn new people. Actually, I will probably get bored out of my mind after all people doze off or are otherwise sleeping. In that case I will probably try and watch a movie on my laptop, since I come prepared for those situations.

Any last words?
Always (puts down his soapbox and starts to ramble away... )
I have seen WebGUI and Plain Black grow for the last 8 years and I am very proud to be a member of this community. The people behind WebGUI are warm and hard working and they give me a feeling of 'home' when I am around them. I will most definitely be attending the WUC this year, come give me a hug while you are there too.


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