About me

I'm an avid traveler, following the sunshine around the world, always open to learn from other cultures and intrigued by cross-cultural movements and tribes.

Music is one of my passions, it's a way for me to translate energy and share emotions. Listen to some favourite songs that make my day.


Career

My career as an IT consultant started in 1999. The first 14 years I worked as an employee for several IT service companies, and since 2013 I'm working as a freelancer.

I have strongly specialised in full stack java development on portal platforms.
Since 2006 this was focussed on IBM WebSphere Portal, as I was working for IBM.
Later, when I decided to start freelancing, I changed my focus to open source and Liferay Portal.

On this website you can discover the projects I'm currently involved in, the technologies I specialise in and the way I love to work.
Or you can check out my LinkedIn profile for a more detailed career path.

Techie with a heart

 

Techie with a heart

I care about what your project means to you and to your clients.
INFP personality.

Rolling up my sleeves

 

Rolling up my sleeves

After almost 20 years of coding I still love to get my hands dirty by writing code myself.

Loyal to my clients

 

Loyal to my clients

I'm with you all the way. Committed until the end of your project & beyond.

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Projects

Projects

I'm currently involved in
 

{dev}Nomads

A community for location independent developers where we help each other out to overcome the challenges of remote work.

Mijn Kind & Gezin

I'm working as a freelance consultant for Kind & Gezin, a Flemish governmental organisation, building a healthcare portal and a smartphone application.

Vernaillen:com

Vernaillen.com is my professional website.
You are looking at it right now ;)

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{dev}Nomads

{dev}Nomads

  • liferay
  • bootstrap & sass
  • security & oauth
Kind & Gezin

Kind & Gezin

  • liferay
  • spring
  • angular & ionic
  • rest & web services
  • bootstrap & sass
  • security & oauth
Vernaillen.com

Vernaillen.com

  • liferay
  • bootstrap & sass
Colruyt

Colruyt

  • ejb
  • ibm websphere portal
  • ibm connections
  • rest & web services
Van Marcke

Van Marcke

  • ibm websphere portal
  • ibm connections
  • spring
  • jquery
UZ Gent

UZ Gent

  • ibm websphere portal
  • spring
  • struts
  • jquery
European Commission

European Commission

  • liferay
  • jquery
VDAB

VDAB

  • ibm websphere portal
  • spring
  • rest & web services
Eandis

Eandis

  • ibm websphere mq
  • rest & web services
  • struts
UPM

UPM

  • ejb
  • spring
  • ibm notes-domino
  • struts
Daikin

Daikin

  • ibm notes-domino
Nashuatec

Nashuatec

  • ibm notes-domino

The way I love to work

The way I love to work

it works for me
 

Agile & Scrum

Because the requirements will always evolve once the users are playing with the software.
Scrum is a proven way to control this process of iterative development.

Pair programming

The best way for knowledge sharing between senior and junior developers.

Remote

Working remotely in my own work environment allows me to focus better and be more productive

A clear role

Knowing what's expected from me will allow me deliver beyond those expectations

Blog

Latest News

Blog

 
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Blogs

My action plan after Liferay DevCon

A few weeks ago I went to the Liferay Developer Conference in Darmstadt. Needless to say there were many new features of Liferay 7 presented and lot's of exciting stuff happened at the conference. 
You can read about the highlights in the blogposts of Olaf Kock and James Falkner

It was already the 3rd year in a row that I attended the conference and as always it has given me a motivational boost. So, I made a list for myself about the actions I want to take after the conference and I'd like to share this with you:

  • Participate more in the forums. I've been trying to do that for a while already, but it's not always easy when working full time as a consultant. But James Falkner announced the use of networkactivator.com for the Liferay forums, which is a system that sends a list every week of unanswered forum topics. I'm now subscribed for the Theming and Development sections.
     
  • Test new Liferay7 theming features. I've been part of the Liferay 7 Community Expedition from the start, tested some milestone releases and posted a few forum topics about it.
    I was surprised though when James Falkner mentioned me in his Community Update at DevCon on the leaderboard of the expedition. This motivates me to be involved even more, so I'm actively testing new features in the alpha releases now.  
     
  • Get Liferay 7a2 up and running for my website. Maybe it's very early to already base a live website on on alpha version, but after all it is just a website and no real portal functionality is needed yet. 
    The most important part to be able to put this website online, was to learn about the new theming features of Liferay 7. Lots is changing fo the theming as well, but I managed to convert my Liferay 6.2 theme into a Liferay 7 theme. :)
     
  • Start blogging on vernaillen.com. Which also happened already, because you're reading my first blogpost right now. :)
     
  • And lastly, but maybe the most important one, start building Liferay plugins to distribute through the Liferay Marketplace. I won't share yet what exactly I'm working on, but I might do it when i'm a bit further in the process. :)


Starting this week I will work as a consultant for only 4 days per week instead of 5, which will give me more space to work on my own projects and contribute back to the community. 

More Blog Entries

Using Liferay 7 to build a community website

Since I wrote the previous article on this blog, about my plans after Liferay DevCon last...

Songs that make my day

Songs that make my day

because music lightens me up
 

Take a chance

to wake up in the morning

Sharpness

while building your website

Hapiness

when the work is done and the client is happy :D

Left Hand Free

to relax after work

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Wendell Berry quote

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

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