Welcome to the Bits 'n Bolts blog. On this blog I will write about my learnings & findings during the development of projects for both myself and my clients. But before I discuss the things that I see and do, let me do a proper introduction of myself.
This is me: Thijs van den Anker (aka thijsvdanker at drupal.org). But when I open my MacBook, or boot my Linux machine (and take of my glasses).. I Am Bits 'n Bolts! Becoming Bits 'n Bolts didn't happen overnight.
My professional career started when I graduated from university in 2007. I went to join two of my friends and became a partner in Dooping, a creative web-agency. After working on a homegrown CMS for some time, we decided to join the Drupal community (5.x at the time) and for a couple of years crafted a wide range of websites using Drupal.
Summer of 2010. Tim, one of my partners at Dooping, woke up after a great night of sleep in which he had a dream: walking around in a museum in where all paintings had a physical Facebook like button. That was the beginning of Fuzeo where I and four others chase our vision of connecting the online and the offline world. My role in Fuzeo is software development lead: making sure we are working on the right things, in the right way. Connecting online and offline worlds means dealing with people and their interactions at events. We developed a platform that supports these interactions in a customizable way. Drupal is a key part of that platform. Fuzeo is a great adventure, and a dream worth pursuing.
This year I started Bits 'n Bolts - Freelance Drupal Development. It allows me to put all my experience in web development, and digital projects in general, to good use and make sure web development is as pleasant an experience for my clients as it should be. The web is awesome, you should try it ;)
That's what I wanted to tell you about me. I'm not all work, no play. But that's not why you're here, is it?
Starting this blog is mostly inspired by Brian Braun's post on posting more little snippets and lessons learned. When working on projects for clients or developing my own projects I always learn new things. Some are more exciting then others, some may be new for me and old for you.. But as Randall Munroe (the XKCD guy) puts it:
I really want to help the guy in the comic, and not be another DenverCoder9. That is why I blog.
Nice to meet you
I guess that is it for now. Enough about me, let's talk about us! :) Let's have coffee, because I would love to hear your story.