Esteban Denis Networking & Infrastructure Specialist NMCT Graduate

Don't Be Afraid To Expand Your Horizons It's Not Difficult, It's Merely A Challenge

Don't Be Afraid To Expand Your Horizons It's Not Difficult, It's Merely A Challenge

Me, Myself and I

Hey All,

I'm Esteban Denis, as you might have guessed by the big title up there. I'm Esteban Denis, as you might have guessed by the big title on the right.

Not only am I incredibly funny and witty but I'm also known for my creativity and enthusiasm, two virtues that - according to me - nobody can have enough of. Thinking out of the box?
I'm not even IN the box.

I'll keep this short and summarize myself: I cannot keep things short, I'll always go the - literary - extra mile and tend not to quit once I have started something. My drive consists of enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. I'm that kind of person that converts positive reinforcement to results - I need my pats on the back - and I have a big love for presenting, social interaction and travelling. When you need someone that is brutally honest - I was born without a firewall - and never can stop making witty jokes, you've found your guy. Or at least that guy's website...

But enough about me, here is more about who I am: Scroll through to see something about my history, something about my future, a little word on my internship and a peek in my skills set. And if you were here to just download my CV, do not fear, the button is right here! But I do urge you to scroll a bit further. You did already load the webpage soooo...

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My History

4 February 1995Born In Ghent

June 2013Graduated Science & Math Middle School

September 2013Started Audiovisual Arts in RITS Brussels

September 2014Started NMCT

October 2014Started Acting in Theatre

24 January - 18 June 2017Internship in Chandigarh University, India

29 June 2017Graduated NMCT

1 July 2017 - 24 February 2018Distributed Database Researcher at Sizing Servers Lab

26 February 2018Systems Administrator at
Cloudware NV

4 February 1995Born In Ghent

June 2013Graduated Science & Math Middle School

September 2013Started Audiovisual Arts in RITS Brussels

September 2014Started NMCT

October 2014Started Acting in Theatre

24 January - 18 June 2017Internship in Chandigarh University, India

29 June 2017Graduated NMCT

1 July 2017 - 24 February 2018Distributed Database Researcher at Sizing Servers Lab

26 February 2018Systems Administrator at
Cloudware NV

My Skills

Soft Skills

Presenting

As an actor for amateur theatre and an enthusiast for my field, I’m good with presenting for a crowd.

Perseverance

Whenever I tackle a project, I consider the value of the project as it were my own. I’m always giving my full hundred percent.

Enthusiasm

Always prepared to go into the big void. If there is any extraordinary opportunity, I'll take it.
No matter when or where, I'm always known as the enthousiastic guy taking all the challenges along the way.
Got a big 'opportunity' that nobody will take? Think again and call me.

Networking Skills

In Windows Server, I can set up AD, DNS, DHCP, Mail, IIS, WSUS, GPO's and many more abbreviations!
I learned the assets given in the official Windows Courses 70-410 & 70-411

Armed with the pluralsight course of Andrew Mallet I'm now capable of being an advanced Linux Administrator.
Installations of LDAP, DNS, ERP, LTSP, SMTP, NAS, SAN, Apache are no problem. Even more abbreviations than in Windows!

My network skills are not limited to a system engineer. I'm equipped with the knowledge to make any network you can think of.
Trained on L2, L3 and Routers of Cisco.

Software Skills

Psssst... Click on a circle.

Backend Logic & API
Multithreading
Apache Ignite on .NET
MVVM
Listeners & Callbacks

MyThings Dashboard

A project born by a partnership between Proximus and Howest. This is a dashboard prototype to manage IoT devices over the internet.
In this project, I handled the backend features to provide smart predictions, connect to the proximus API and provide custom machine learning.

Scroll to see images >>>

House of the Future

This Domotica Driven Platform was written in function of our 'Datacommunications' Course in the 2nd year of NMCT.
With this software, we could communicate with a PCB all over the world and turn off our lights and manage our heating.
Special is its design, as this was fully written with the modular MVVM design pattern, which really improved flexibility across devices

Scroll to see images >>>

ShoppingApp

In the very first year I learned to program, I was very exited with this new knowledge and I had it as a mission to improve everything with my newly gained skills
In order to make the life easier for my parents, I made a shopping app. Do not judge, as this was one of my first programs ever made, but I think it has its charms.

Scroll to see images >>>
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Rescue The Princess

After 2 months in NMCT, I wanted to use my newly gained programming skills to make games and other stuff I considered cool at that time and age.
This was made for NMCT during their visitation days, and it's a little game. The code itself is terrible, after only 2 months you cannot code that well, but it still has some fun aspects as a game.

Scroll to see images >>>

JSON
JQuery & Bootstrap
API's & Libraries
Client Verification

DungeonDex

DungeonDex is a project made for Web Advanced in the 2nd year of NMCT. This is made with my love for Dungeons and Dragons.
Click the web browser icon to visit this masterpiece, both on desktop as mobile. Although this is now just the empty front end as the database is not currently running on the webspace where this is hosted. This issue will be tackled in the future to get this back to its former glory.

Scroll to see images >>>

Explorers of the Galaxy

The first website I ever made. Not as good as I would make today, but I'm still proud of this. After one year of css and html training (and introductory javascript) I made this site about space. Enjoy information on outer space here! Even completely responsive without ANY libraries! All own work.

Scroll to see images >>>

InAnyEvent - NetworkMap Monitor

I made a NetworkMonitor whilst working for InAnyEvent as summer job. This website keeps track of network equipment on remote networks and notifies you when something goes offline.
This is based on master-slave principle. Remote slave scripts are gathering pings and reporting to a master node in the cloud.

This Website

My most recent creation, this website shows my skills and servers as my general portfolio site. I included life events such as my internship details.
This is made on the mobile-first strategy, to ensure maximum responsiveness. Only used html, css and javascript without any external libraries or code. All by myself.

Scroll to see images >>>

TrackIt

For my 2nd year of NMCT I had been tasked to make a site that used a couple of API's. I decided to use the API's of google maps, package distributors and NS lookup servers to create a site that simulated how your TCP/IP packet would go to the server by other means than internet.
If you ever wondered how slow your computer would be if TCP/IP went by postal pidgeons? Find out here.
Note: Some API's are offline so this website might not respond as originally intended.

Scroll to see images >>>

WheatleyHomeSite

As network guru, it wasn't long before I took a worn out laptop and converted this into a linux server of my own. Now that I owned my very own server, I still needed a website for it. Wheatley Homesite a site for the only purpose to pose as a front for my server. On this site I can access any music or movies it hosts.
This is one of the first backend accomplishments of myself. Passwords and such are secured with encryption and salts on backend level.

Scroll to see images >>>

Beholder

Working in the Sizing Servers Lab, my job mainly consisted in researching distributed database technologies. However, during my working period there, the need arose to have an inventory mapping software. As it was a calm period, we decided to develop this ourselves. I tasked myself with the development of the front-end and made these mockups for the my developing collegues. Unfortunately I could not help develop this at the actual front-end, as I had to return to my researching ventures. But the mockups still go on my portfolio.

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MySQL & SQL integration
Encrypting/Salting
API's & Object Handling
Backend Logic

Dungeons & Dragons

My love for Dungeons & Dragons has lead to this website. Together with Nick D'hondt I created this site for a playthrough in my own campaign.
This site should keep track of all the expenses and treasures of a hero. This was my first real backend experience after Wheatley Homesite.

DungeonDex

DungeonDex is a project made for Web Advanced in the 2nd year of NMCT. This is made with my love for Dungeons and Dragons.
Click the web browser icon to visit this masterpiece, both on desktop as mobile. Although this is now just the empty front end as the database is not currently running on the webspace where this is hosted. This issue will be tackled in the future to get this back to its former glory.

Scroll to see images >>>

InAnyEvent - NetworkMap Monitor

I made a NetworkMonitor whilst working for InAnyEvent as summer job. This website keeps track of network equipment on remote networks and notifies you when something goes offline.
This is based on master-slave principle. Remote slave scripts are gathering pings and reporting to a master node in the cloud.

TrackIt

For my 2nd year of NMCT I had been tasked to make a site that used a couple of API's. I decided to use the API's of google maps, package distributors and NSlookup servers to create a site that simulated how your TCP/IP packet would go to the server by other means than internet.
If you ever wondered how slow your computer would be if TCP/IP went by postal pidgeons? Find out here.
Note: Some API's are offline so this website might not respond as originally intended.

Scroll to see images >>>

WheatleyHomeSite

As network guru, it wasn't long before I took a worn out laptop and converted this into a linux server of my own. Now that I owned my very own server, I still needed a website for it. Wheatley Homesite a site for the only purpose to pose as a front for my server. On this site I can access any music or movies it hosts.
This is one of the first backend accomplishments of myself. Passwords and such are secured with encryption and salts on backend level.

Scroll to see images >>>

Android - XML Layout
Android - Basic App Dev
Android - Async App Dev
Material Design

Catch 'em All

My very first and only android application. At the time, Pokémon Go was just announced (and not released yet) so I decided to be quicker.
I made an app that would use Google Maps API to get your map and location, and would use the PokéAPI to get images of Pokémon. These images were downloaded from a remote server, but the app is equipped with caching logic. I would asynchronously generate, spawn and countdown Pokémon for you to catch. Download your APK here. (Coded for and Tested on Android Marshmellow)

Scroll to see images >>>

Showcase

MyThings Dashboard

A project born by a partnership between Proximus and Howest. This is a dashboard prototype to manage IoT devices over the internet.
In this project, I handled the backend features to provide smart predictions, connect to the proximus API and provide custom machine learning.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

House of the Future

This Domotica Driven Platform was written in function of our 'Datacommunications' Course in the 2nd year of NMCT.
With this software, we could communicate with a PCB all over the world and turn off our lights and manage our heating.
Special is its design, as this was fully written with the modular MVVM design pattern, which really improved flexibility across devices

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

ShoppingApp

In the very first year I learned to program, I was very exited with this new knowledge and I had it as a mission to improve everything with my newly gained skills
In order to make the life easier for my parents, I made a shopping app. Do not judge, as this was one of my first programs ever made, but I think it has its charms.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

Rescue The Princess

After 2 months in NMCT, I wanted to use my newly gained programming skills to make games and other stuff I considered cool at that time and age.
This was made for NMCT during their visitation days, and it's a little game. The code itself is terrible, after only 2 months you cannot code that well, but it still has some fun aspects as a game.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

DungeonDex

DungeonDex is a project made for Web Advanced in the 2nd year of NMCT. This is made with my love for Dungeons and Dragons.
Click the web browser icon to visit this masterpiece, both on desktop as mobile. Although this is now just the empty front end as the database is not currently running on the webspace where this is hosted. This issue will be tackled in the future to get this back to its former glory.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

Explorers of the Galaxy

The first website I ever made. Not as good as I would make today, but I'm still proud of this. After one year of css and html training (and introductory javascript) I made this site about space. Enjoy information on outer space here! Even completely responsive without ANY libraries! All own work.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

InAnyEvent - NetworkMap Monitor

I made this NetworkMonitor whilst working for InAnyEvent as summer job. This website keeps track of network equipment on remote networks and notifies you when something goes offline.
This is based on master-slave principle. Remote slave scripts are gathering pings and reporting to a master node in the cloud.

This Website

My most recent creation, this website shows my skills and servers as my general portfolio site. I included life events such as my internship details.
This is made on the mobile-first strategy, to ensure maximum responsiveness. Only used html, css and javascript without any external libraries or code. All by myself.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

TrackIt

For my 2nd year of NMCT I had been tasked to make a site that used a couple of API's. I decided to use the API's of google maps, package distributors and NS lookup servers to create a site that simulated how your TCP/IP packet would go to the server by other means than internet.
If you ever wondered how slow your computer would be if TCP/IP went by postal pidgeons? Find out here.
Note: Some API's are offline so this website might not respond as originally intended.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

WheatleyHomeSite

As network guru, it wasn't long before I took a worn out laptop and converted this into a linux server of my own. Now that I owned my very own server, I still needed a website for it. Wheatley Homesite a site for the only purpose to pose as a front for my server. On this site I can access any music or movies it hosts.
This is one of the first backend accomplishments of myself. Passwords and such are secured with encryption and salts on backend level.

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

Dungeons & Dragons

My love for Dungeons & Dragons has lead to this website. Together with Nick D'hondt I created this site for a playthrough in my own campaign.
This site should keep track of all the expenses and treasures of a hero. This was my first real backend experience after Wheatley Homesite.

Catch 'em All

My very first and only android application. At the time, Pokémon Go was just announced (and not released yet) so I decided to be quicker.
I made an app that would use Google Maps API to get your map and location, and would use the PokéAPI to get images of Pokémon. These images were downloaded from a remote server, but the app is equipped with caching logic. I would asynchronously generate, spawn and countdown Pokémon for you to catch. Download your APK here. (Coded for and Tested on Android Marshmellow)

Scroll to see images >>> Click to see images >>>

Beholder

Working in the Sizing Servers Lab, my job mainly consisted in researching distributed database technologies. However, during my working period there, the need arose to have an inventory mapping software. As it was a calm period, we decided to develop this ourselves. I tasked myself with the development of the front-end and made these mockups for the my developing collegues. Unfortunately I could not help develop this at the actual front-end, as I had to return to my researching ventures. But the mockups still go on my portfolio.

Scroll to see images >>>

International Relations

Spring Semester 2016-2017
Internship in Chandigarh University, India

As a teacher I got many chances to organise workshops and help the Chandigarh University students to learn new things, new technologies.
The University was very grateful for my initiatives and even handed out certificates on the end of each workshop!

My Workshop Front-end Development went great! Next up was a workshop about PHP and MySQL and the students sure were eager to follow everything I organised.

Even so far from home I wasn't alone! My best friends came over for a visit, and together we explored India! Traintrip from Mumbai to Goa to Bangalore and to Kochi through Wayanad and still the best trip I had to this date.

Next to workshops I was also in charge of some Network & Infrastructure Courses. My class of 2nd Year Masters in Computer Applications sure was happy to get to know how to manage and work in Linux + setup the basic services!

The beauty of India cannot be described by the words given to us by the oxford dictionary. This photograph, taken by my phone grasps the unkept beauty of the Himalayan Hills in Manali, Himanshal Pradesh. Ah India will never seize to amaze me.

The cow is a religious omen. You can find them anywhere, on the grass, on the roads or in the middle of your driveway eating your flowers. If that's the case then sorry, you have an extremely valid excuse not to leave your home that day.

A far away trip but also far away friends. I mada a lot of intercultural connections and learned a lot of the ways of other people, with another background, another way of looking at life. Each of these friends enriched me into becoming the human I am today.

No matter how far I'll go, people will always know me as that enthusiastic computer geek who came and stole the show.
I enjoyed my life to the fullest. Do you?

Travelling is my passion and together with my friends I'm able to do and see a lot of this world. Discovering new places, learning new things...
I want to see what this planet has to offer. And India is an awesome start, especially with awesome friends, priority #1

I cannot mention my internship to India without showing you the most touristic photograph ever. An amazing building visited on an almost equally amazing trip. Thanks Sergio for the good company.

"Is it possib...?" YES! In India, everything is possible. And so is riding around on a camel. In Jaiselmer we went on a 3-day safari, survived in the desert, managed water supplies, made fire from dried savanna wood and cooked our own meals! This gave me the awesomest thrill - Going back to basic!

Ah the Holi Festival, maybe the greatest national festival I have ever encountered! On Holi, whole India buys paint and throws it on each other, no matter race, stance, class or anything. I threw paint on cows, cops, friends, teachers and hotelowners as they would give me as much from their share as they could.
There is a saying; Holi is the only festival that you don't have. Holi is meant to be played.

Rishikesh was literal heaven on earth. Being the spritual center of India this place was the epicentrum of inner peace, calm and relaxation.
If you ever want to forget your stress and day to day rituals, go to rishikesh and find... yourself.

My experiences in India changed me and thought me a lot. I am not longer limited to the western ways of handling things.
They learned me that nothing is really a problem if you have a no-bullshit hands on attitude. Even the people in the poorest slumbs lived happy from one day to the other, enjoying the gift of life without worrying. A wonderful and rich experience, which I will live by for the rest of my life.

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Aspirations

What are my aspirations for the future? What would be my ideal job? Fact is, I'm a super flexible guy with many interests, so it's hard to define a specific job that would describe my needs.
But this would be a very boring section if I only glossed over how multi-employable I am. Let's sum up some core concepts that I really require in a possible job:

  • Challenging
  • Diversifying
  • Sociable
  • Upgradable

Challenging

I need the challenge. An easy stay-at-home 9 to 5 is not on my wishlist. I'm a fighter and want to grow and be challenged by my job. Don't worry, if you give me a task that I don't know how to do yet, it won't be for long. Lifelong learning is a virtue.

Diversifying

My biggest fear is to grow old behind the same desk. This does not imply that I'm in for some job hopping but the job that I have should offer me adventure, should be diversifying. I've got a lot of flexibility and enthusiasm to give, but I need something to give it to.

Sociable

According to people around me, I've always been the talker. I enjoy giving presentations and speaking to/in front of people gives me the thrill that I so crave.
The perfect job for me combines my IT Knowledge and my predestined love for presenting.

Upgradable

My enthusiasm, professionalism and knowledge are bundled into a strong and powerful working force. However, that force needs a goal. I need something to strive for, must mark the red X on the map.
Having a goal in live eases me and as long as my future job provides me with something to work up to, I can channel that beam of productivity.