Hi there,

My name is Tom Schoonjans.

Some quick facts about me:

  • Born in Anderlecht (Belgium) on March 26, 1982
  • Studied chemistry (MSc) at Ghent University
  • Did a PhD on X-ray Fluorescence from October 2006 to January 2012 at the same university, followed by a short post-doc there as well
  • Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) from September 2012 to September 2014.
  • Post-doctoral researcher at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (Berlin, Germany) from October 2014 to October 2015
  • Currently a data analysis scientist at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom)

I have a strong passion for coding, which I developed during my PhD research. My favorite weapons are C and Fortran, although I also have some skill in C++, Java, Perl and IDL. Most of my development occurs on a Mac, which comes with a collection of virtual machines, allowing me to produce releases of my software for all major platforms.

My main projects are xraylib, XMI-MSIM and XRMC, all of which are directly connected to my scientific research: Monte Carlo simulations of interactions of X-ray photons with matter. If you happen to be involved in this field of research as well, there’s a good chance you may find them interesting, so feel free to check them out.

Apart from these, I am also a minor contributor to two other projects FGSL, Fortran bindings to the GNU scientific library, and GtkExtra, a useful set of widgets for creating GUI’s for GTK+. I am also maintaining an installer of the Gtk+ 64-bit runtime environment for Windows.

In 2015 I started a project for scientific plotting in Gtkmm3 called Gtkmm-PLplot. I also have a small library featuring random number generators and distributions for C and Fortran called easyRNG, using an API based on the GNU Scientific Library.

It goes without saying that all these projects are open-source and freely available!

Most of these projects are maintained during my free time, so if you would ever find them useful, or you are really happy with the personal support I gave you, or even if you just think I am nice guy who deserves a free beer, feel free to send me a donation on my PayPal account.

I created this blog with the goal of sharing some of the more interesting problems I come across during my coding streaks, wherever I can with solutions.

Hope you may find this blog interesting. Don’t hesitate to drop a comment, that would be greatly appreciated.