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Nicolas Overloop is a full-stack ruby on rails freelancer and has started couchcontrol.com after graduating as a MSc. Computer science engineering from Ghent University.
Nicolas enjoys building beautiful products and has helped multiple clients achieve beautiful, usable products. One client has left this testimonial on his linkedin profile.
“Nicolas joined our project when things couldn’t seem any bleaker. He evaluated the situation, developed a way to solve the problems, and solved them.
Nicolas is super pragmatic, business-minded, and focuses on what is needed to move the business forward. A strong, all around CTO type that would be an asset for any organization.
Without hesitation, if I need someone to build a web/mobile application, the first person I’d go to is Nicolas.”
March 4, 2012 – William Flanagan
I pick up new languages and techniques all the time and this list will probably be outdated by the time you read this.
Python (scientific use only)
I’ve had some exposure to Obj-C, C# and C++ but I don’t consider myself a capable programmer in those languages.
Web Frameworks (in order of preference)
some exposure to Java EE
Mobile App Frameworks
some exposure to native iphone development
MySQL, postgresql, sqlite (SQL)
Mongodb (document storage)
Redis (key/value or datastructure)
neo4j (graph-database, still learning)
Guard (continuous integration testing)
Capybara + Selenium
some exposure to cucumber
Prawn (PDF creation)
I manage my own servers until I started to use heroku, but I did maintain the ZeusWPI network which has a client network and a server network. Maintaining the dns, apache, mailman, syslog-ng collector, LDAP user authentication, setting up postfix, some firewall rules and creating ssh tunnels to avoid my uni’s broadband limitations.
Experience with awk, sed, perl and advanced find and grep commands still allow me to slice and dice data quickly to be loaded into db’s for querying.
Editors of choice
I don’t claim to be an expert in this and I have not used ML techniques commercially yet.
Known techniques: Reservoir computing (recurrent neural network), CNN (convolutional neural network), logistic regression, multilayer perceptron, simple perceptrons (not really useful)… clustering methods such as KNN (K-nearest neighbor), GMM( Gaussian mixture models) and more simple hierarchical clustering methods.
I have worked with computer vision (openCV) in python
I did play around with apache mahout once but I winded up using a third party service instead.
I have been president of a fraternity and led a team of 18, after that I led a team of 8 engineers to architect, design and implement a robot warfare game with legominds robots.
Bilingual Dutch (native) and English
And of course a client of mine called me “super pragmatic, business-minded, and focuses on what is needed to move the business forward. A strong, all around CTO type that would be an asset for any organization.”
Did I mention I have a MSc in Computer Science Engineering degree?read more