My name is Dimitri “g00glen00b” Mestdagh. I’m a 29 year old full-stack developer from Antwerp, Belgium. I was fascinated with technology quite early when I got my first computer running Windows Me with 64Mb of RAM. I spent a large potion of my youth on IRC, eventually getting introduced to programming by writing scripts for mIRC and by spending various hours while programming my graphing calculator.
- A full-stack developer for Cronos,
- Author of dimitr.im and guest poster on a few other sites,
- Contributor to open source projects,
- Technical lead at Aquafin,
- Answering questions on Stack Overflow, usually related to Spring boot.
Technologies I use
I’m not really a book-guy. When I want to learn something new, I’ll start by practicing first, rather than learning the theory. For me, learning new technologies is like learning how to ride a bike. You practice, fail, get back up and repeat.
Why I’m blogging
I started writing articles to document what I did during my internship at Cronos and what technologies I used. While documenting is still one of the reasons I’m writing new articles, it’s no longer the driving force behind them. Right now, writing articles is a great way for me to explore the wondrous world of web development, and to be able to share my view with the rest of the world.
Hopefully, other people with the same interests find these articles interesting or helpful. I also hope that others can help me expand my vision, so feel free to contact me with suggestions, ideas, opinions or chain letters (no, the last one isn’t true!).
How did you come up with g00glen00b
My real name is a bit too long, and since I spent a large portion of my youth on IRC, I had to come up with a username; In my case it actually started as a joke. My parents aren’t really tech-savvy, and I once saw my dad asking Google questions like “can you please tell me what the results are of the latest football game”, so I came up with “google newbie”, and since I came up with this when leetspeak was popular, it eventually became googlenoob.
When I’m not writing new blog articles, I usually spend some time with my family. In other cases, I also enjoy watching movies, series and anime. I’m not a real die-hard bingewatcher though, but I can enjoy certain mainstream anime and series. I also like playing games once in awhile, usually shooters, but I’m also a fan of playing MMORPGs.
Since any way of contacting me is usually abused one way or another, feel free to contact me on Keybase or Twitter. You can find links to those social networks in the footer.