Compuart:Simple Machines Co-Lead Developer


Aug 22, 2004
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Compuart:Simple Machines Co-Lead Developer

Thanks to Compuart from for taking the time for this interview.

1.Can you give us a brief biography
I'm 25 years old. I study Industrial Engineering and Management at Twente University, the Netherlands. In my spare time, I develop web applications and manage a few web sites.

I started programming at a young age on a Casio databank. Even though I chose a study in the field of management, I gained a lot of experience in web development by reading about it and doing it.

2.How many hours a day do you spend on the internet

A lot. Must be at least eight hours, maybe more. As soon as I start, time always seems to fly.

3.What got you interested in Computers/Programming
I've always considered computers to be merely a means to achieving a purpose. But internet is much more. I think it's fascinating, addicting and useful. Though the internet is not the world, it sure has made the world a lot smaller.

As for programming, I enjoy trying to find optimal solutions to problems, when taking into consideration aspects such as user interface, speed, scalability, safety and such.

4.How did you become involved with Simple Machines
About six years ago, I needed a forum for my site. I chose YaBB 1 Gold, as it was (and still is in my humble opinion) the best Perl/flat file forum available. When my site grew bigger, I needed a database-driven forum. YaBB SE, a PHP/MySQL 'splinter edition' of YaBB 1 Gold, was the most logical choice. For YaBB SE, I submitted bug fixes and patches to improve performance and soon became developer.

Two years ago, we (the YaBB SE team) decided to make a fresh start with a new forum that was almost built from scratch. That allowed us to rethink its design and add extra preventive security measures. After more than a year of development and testing, the first public beta of Simple Machines Forum was released.

5.What are your future plans for Simple Machines

Simple Machines Forum has become a mature forum software package. SMF is made by a great team of dedicated, hard working support specialists, graphic artists, doc writers, managers and developers. The teamwork has contributed greatly to the quality of the SMF product and it's paying off in a rapidly growing group of enthusiastic users.

It was a challenge for us to create the forum software, it will be even more challenging to keep it competitive and professional. We want to keep involving all users, to...
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