Category: Gishtech


After another month at Europeana working as a front-end developer using Angular, it is time to move forward with my next interesting challenge in the wonderful world of software development.

At Europeana, they are building an amazing dashboard application which will allow customers to do some amazing things with their cultural heritage data.


Hopefully I was able to contribute some useful improvements to this product and look forward to keeping in touch with them. On things is for sure, I learned alot and met some nice people.

Photo album.


The kind folks at Atlassian have approved by addon and it is now publicly available on their marketplace website. Hopefully people will find it and ask me to help them out.


A collection of advanced tooling which provides seamless data migration from Assembla to Jira.

Assembla to Jira Migration Tool

This is by far the best migration toolset around. Here are the reasons why this version beats out all others hands down:

  • Fully automated with minimal manual actions.
  • Configuration file with various options.
  • Import users (names, emails, roles and permissions).
  • Import tickets, comments, attachments and relationships.
  • Retain ticket status, labels, ranking and custom fields.
  • Link back to original Assembla tickets for reference.
  • Save relevant Assembla context in user-defined fields.
  • Insert embedded image thumbnails in descriptions and comments.
  • Convert markdown and urls.
  • Retain watchers of tickets.
  • Create scrum or kanban board with workflow.
  • Map Assembla milestones to Jira sprints.
  • Populate the backlog, future and current sprints.
  • Assign stories to epics.
  • Resolve cross linking between external projects.
  • Take into account the API differences between hosted and cloud.
  • Tons of great documentation and trouble-shooting guide.

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As a software developer with many years of experience under my belt, I like to compare myself to a professional craftsman who needs the best tools in order to perfect one's artistic skills and abilities. After five years of very intense usage, my current tool was getting rusty and blunt.

My new tool is a Lenovo Thinkpad T460P.

Since I've decided to pursue my new life as a freelancer, it's important that I am as productive as possible and work efficiently. This new laptop with Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS installed will boost my productivity nicely and keep me going for a while.


For anyone interested, I'd like to announce that the following template is available for folks wanting to deploy a basic Middleman project to Heroku in a hassle-free manner:

Here it is: Middleman Heroku Basic.



The long wait was worth it, finally my new company cards arrived and I really like them. Designed them myself. Now it's time to explore the mysterious jungle out there and seed the world with new ideas.


Spent the whole day from early this morning until late in the evening to finalize the official versions of the following documents (everything in Dutch):

  • Ondernemingsplan (Business Plan)
  • Financieel plan (Financial Plan)

If all goes according to plan, good ol' Gishtech (the reborn new and improved version of Gishteq) will be up and running again starting Monday, April 25.


"Gishtech levert best-­of-­breed diensten en advies op het gebied van geavanceerde software ontwikkeling, gereedschap, people en processen."

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