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Rory Zweistra

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Date: 6/11/2010 8:48 am
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Name: Rory Zweistra

Username: roryzweistra

Age: 27

Profession/Employer: Programmer at Oqapi Software

Place of Residence: Voorburg near The Hague, The Netherlands

IRC nick: ryuu_ro


WebGUI Related Questions


In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?


I used to be in the templates workgroup and I'm trying to help people out on the WebGUI forums. In the very near future I would like to help fix bugs and add new features to WebGUI. I consider myself a better programmer now so it must be time then :)


I also give presentations at the WUC and have nice conversations with the attendees.


When did you first hear of WebGUI?


March 2007, during my job interview with Joeri.


How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?


Most of Oqapi's projects are done using WebGUI so it was a no brainer that I should learn it quickly. I started learning WebGUI in March 2007 and it took some time but here we are.


Are you paid to work on WebGUI?




How much time do you spend on WebGUI?


As Oqapi uses WebGUI for almost everything they do, I'm safe to say that the majority of my 40 hour work week goes to WebGUI.


And of course in my free time I spend a fair share working on it.


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


Me, as a core developer ;)


But what I think we're really missing is a huge amount of WebGUI users. More users equals more ideas. Of course most of them are rubbish, but here and there we could pick up a nice one.


What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?


Well it's kinda nice that it pays the bills. Next to that, I used to work with PHP and Joomla….. you do the math (Perl yeaah).


What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?


Most definitely the API. It helps developers program custom applications in a very short time, and once you get the hang of it it's fairly easy to use.

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?


I'm not too fond of the WebGUI Shop. I've worked with Magento and I really saw what a good webshop could have in functionality. The WebGUI Shop is just not designed to be as versatile. But then again Magento is not as good as WebGUI is in all other areas. But I really do think that a great WebGUI Shop could attract a lot more users.


What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?


In one word, Perl. I just love it. The beauty of it and all. Luckily I have a programmer such as Martin working with me who can always give me tips to make my code more readable or shorter. And of course with Perl comes CPAN. TGFC (Thank God For CPAN).


Second best is the asset manager. It's far easier to understand and use in comparison with Joomla.


What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?


I don't really have a brilliant WebGUI hack yet, but I'm quite proud of It's a website with over 35 million records that gets updated daily. It also has an API for anti virus scanners and an API for mobile devices (iPhone, Android).


Have you attended the WebGUI Users Conference?


Yes, two times so far and I'll see you guys again in September.


Where do you keep your Gooey doll?


Hmmm, at first they had taken over my kitchen counter top but as soon as I had my Creuset out they disappeared from around the house. Gooeys just aren't fit to be calamari.


Now I see them hanging around in my friend's new baby's crib, my desk and I run into them occasionally on holidays.


Personal Questions


How would you describe yourself?


A bit nerdy but down for a beer. Not too shy and easy to talk to.


Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?


By the time this interview comes online, I probably will be married.


Do you have any kids?




Do you have any pets?


Yes, two cats. Sushi and Sambal are my babies, to be honest.


If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?


First come to our favorite bar. Then we can have a beer and shoot some pool. Second, get away as quickly as possible because there's not much to do in Voorburg.


It's better to go to The Hague, Leiden or Delft. There's much more culture there. In The Hague, specifically Scheveningen, you can visit the beach.


What do you hate?


Mistreatment of animals.


What do you love?


First of all, my soon to be wife, Lisa. Next, my parents and friends. Then, the WebGUI community. Special Rory community love goes out to Joeri, Martin, Bart Jol, Rogier, Patspam and of course all of the Plain Black staff. And Sarah.


What's the last book you read?


I'm ashamed to say that must be one of the Twilight saga. Breaking Dawn to be exact :) and worse, I really loved it.


Next on my list is The Lord Of The Rings.


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


That would be Zeke.


What's the last movie you watched?


The Hangover for 37th time. You just gotta love it. We watched it directly after coming back from my bachelor weekend (yes a weekend :) ). It had some similarities.


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


Read a book, listen to music, work on my laptop


Any last words?


All you guys keep up the good work and I'll see you in Madison. Hmmmmm Spotted Cow.


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