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Blog it Forward – Fred Verheul

Just like Susan Keohan I also wasn’t invited (yet) to Blog it Forward. Since this is such an awesome idea I won’t be stopped anyway. So here goes:

These were just the first few words of my BIF-blog-to-be-written-in-advance. To my surprise, the next day I’d been added in xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) ‘s Blog It Forward – Moshe Naveh as Blog it Forward ‘victim’. Which was my second request after Tom Van Doorslaer pinged me on Twitter that same morning. I was of course honored (and still am), but also curious how this had happened. On the way home from work I read an email from Moshe explaining he’d seen my draft blog, and hence had added me. Which is kind of creepy (I thought draft posts were really private), but also funny. Thank you Tom (read his blog here) and Moshe!

About me

I’m a 41 year old (writing it down like that makes me feel very old…) NetWeaver developer living in the Netherlands. I haven’t always wanted to be a developer though: in high school my first love were the Classic Languages (Latin and Greek). For some time I also thought I might want to become a professional violinist (watch my SCNotty entry 2011 to understand why that probably wasn’t such a good idea), and in 5th grade I began to realize I really liked mathematics, despite initially not taking the subject for my exams, thinking I was not good enough at it. Luckily I changed my mind, passed the exam, and went on to study mathematics in Nijmegen where I still live nowadays. Looking back it was one of the best choices of my live: I love reasoning, logic puzzles, board games etc, and mathematics was the perfect study-fit for me.

To repeat this pattern of ignoring something and then changing my mind: during my college years I never thought much of computers. I was following math classes, or playing bridge, chess, go, pente or whatever game was popular among math students. It was only when I was writing my master thesis I started to appreciate this convenient thing and the LateX editor that came with it that remembered what I typed in, and produced text that was much easier to read than my own handwriting. So it was only logical that my first job was in the IT field as a junior consultant. To be honest, the fact that it was very easy to get such a job in the nineties played a major role in my ‘decision’. Besides, after 6 years at university I figured I’d seen enough of it, and I didn’t want to spend another 4 years studying to earn a doctorate.

A fun fact about my country

Well, I really can’t think of anything funny about the Netherlands (we’re very serious people), but Nijmegen (Noviomagus) is generally considered to be the oldest city of the Netherlands. However the debate is not closed yet (in Dutch). We celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 2005. More interestingly we’re also the capital of the Netherlands during the third week of July, when the International Four Day March Nijmegen (“Nijmeegse Vierdaagse”) is being held as well as the accompanying festivities (“Vierdaagsefeesten”). These events have been drawing the largest crowds for any Dutch event. Of course, living in Nijmegen, my wife and I have participated in the 4-day March (50 km walking each day) in 2000, something we’ve been rather proud of ever since.


©Stichting DE4DAAGSE, (picture of 2012 edition)

Favourite food

Concerning food I don’t have one favorite, but I’m in for almost anything (just no organ meats). At home we try to eat alternately meat, fish and vegetarian, mostly because it makes for good diversity, and in all three categories there are a lot of good recipes. We’re not religious about it though.

Which 5 things do you want to achieve in life

This is a very difficult question, mainly because I don’t really think that much about life and the grand scheme of things. But finding inspiration from Thorstens Blog It Forward entry I do hope my daughter will grow up being kind, considerate and respectful to other people. Also I intend to get very old (and in good health) together with my wife. So far things are looking good, but since my daughter is only 2,5 years old, who knows what might happen 🙂 . But seriously, she is adorable, and the best thing that has happened to me so far. I’m digressing though. Looking back, I don’t really plan that much in life, taking it pretty much as it comes. So far that has served me fairly well, so I intend to continue this ‘best practice’.

Tell something about (one of) your hobby (hobbies).

As mentioned above, my hobbies include mind games like chess, bridge, othello/reversi, go a.o., logic puzzles (Raymond Smullyan anyone?), detective novels, and in general anything that requires logical thinking. This doesn’t necessarily mean I’m any good at these: when I was a kid, I once spent an entire holiday trying to figure out 4-in-a-row (aka Connect-Four). I came to the ‘conclusion’ that the second player could always win, or at least couldn’t lose. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! In the last 10 years bridge has been my main hobby, but since my daughter was born, I’ve pretty much given up on the long evenings away from home each week. Nowadays I fill my spare time with reading SAP- or programming related stuff and programming a bit myself, though not as much as I should. One of the things I’m (trying to) figuring out is functional programming. I hope to have some time to write a few blogs on the subject, as I’m convinced it is on many occasions a better way to develop software than imperative or object oriented software.

Who’s next?

Well, I’m blogging it forward to Caspar Laar , Kumud Singh and Ethan Jewett :

  • Caspar is a colleague of mine, who has blogged on SCN before, and knows a lot about BPM and SOA.
  • So far I’ve never met Kumud in real life, but I’ve got to know her as a very enthusiastic developer/teamlead (to get an impression, read one of her excellent blogs). I can’t wait to learn a bit more about her!
  • Ethan I’ve first met at SAP Inside Track Brussels, and I very much appreciate his wit and (sometimes) cynical sense of humor, on Twitter as well as here on SCN.

I’d like to ask them the following questions:

  • Tell us something about your favorite hobby
  • If you were not in your current role, what/where would you be and why (thank you Kristen Scheffler )
  • What is your favorite SAP event and why (good one, Gali Kling Schneider !)

Please follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when Caspar, Kumud, Ethan and other members of the community blog it forward. Also, please join the fun (see the original blog on how to do it)!

Thanks for reading!

Update May 31st 2015: I just ‘talked’ to Joke Krekels on twitter, and I think there’s an interesting story there, so Joke: you’re tagged! Looking forward to your story 🙂 .

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Well done Fred!

      So great to learn more about you and your country.

      Thank you so much for tagging Kumud; I have been thinking about her.  I hope she participates.

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      Thx Tammy,

      Indeed, I also love getting to know people better, especially the people I don't get to meet IRL (at least not in the near future). I liked your entry as well (but I don't comment as often as you do, you're really top notch).

      And Kumud will participate, she promised me 🙂 . Looking forward to her story too.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice work Fred, interesting to learn more about you when we usually only talk SAP!

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      Yes, and right back to you: thanks to Susan Keohan we'll get to know you better too, which is a *good* thing. Looking forward to it (no pressure...).

      Btw, I can now confirm we'll meet again in Madrid, at Innojam! We'll have even more things to talk about during those 30 hours 🙂 .

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi Fred,

      Interesting (to me) that you loved foreign languages, as did I.  And we are both developers.

      I always thought there was a correlation.

      I also love detective novels, but I have never played chess.  Perhaps I should try?
      Enjoy your 2.5 year old child!



      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      What?? You don't play chess? Go and do something about it now!




      But, to be honest, I don't sail 😀 .

      I don't know about you, but for me the language thing was (mostly) about the structure, the grammar, and how to dissect a sentence. Just another type of puzzle. Maybe that's the correlation.

      Anyway, thanks for pointing out our common interests!

      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Hi Fred,

      Thank you for your BIF posting. I was looking forward to it:). I really enjoyed traveling in Holland. I loved the wooden shoes ,cheese and Amsterdam. Such a peaceful and colorful city.

      As for the bug you mentioned in the beginning of your post, I was also surprised that blog drafts show on SCN search. But rest assure that the only information that is showing is the title and the first 2-3 lines of the blog. People who are not SCN administrators cannot access the draft blogs that are not theirs. In the meantime I created a bug ticket with high priority and hopefully it will be resolved quickly.

      Until then, if you don't want to reveal the title of your blog and first lines if someone by chance searches for that, you can replace it with Gibrish until you post your blog.

      Thanks a lot again for this blog and for the spirit you contribute to the BIF challenge.


      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks a lot Moshe: I was determined not to mention those 'typical' Dutch tourist things like clogs, tulips, etc. 😀

      And admit it: you were spying on me! And rightly so of course. But seriously: I don't mind that bug that much, it's just anti-intuitive. For all I know it might not even be a bug. Besides, I've nothing to hide 🙂 .

      Finally: thanks again for coming up with this BIF-challenge! More than ever SCN is alive and kicking!

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Btw, I love your desktop picture:)

      OK, just kidding. Seriously. 🙂

      I reached out to the person who is in-charge of the search on SCN and he said it was a bug. So I'm sure they will make all their efforts to solve it soon.

      Secret BIF agent,


      Blog It Forward - Björn Goerke

      Author's profile photo Swadhin Ghatuary
      Swadhin Ghatuary

      great to learn more about you and your country.

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      Thx Swadhin!

      Thanks for commenting. I'm wondering, when can we expect your blog_it_forward post? Would be nice to learn something more about you too (I just read from your status update you're an ABAPer and loving it, that's a good start 🙂 ).

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Kumar Mayuresh
      Kumar Mayuresh

      Great blog Fred, its good to know about you and Netherland 🙂 . I liked your music piece (SCNotty Award Entry Madrid 2011) wondering if there are more..!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Fred,

      When I was doing my ten standard! I feel Mathematics is little tough! But I use score 90 Percent. Most of the ppl use to get 100 out of 100 in my class. Only once I reached that.

      I think you are great mathematician!  😆

      All the best!


      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Great blog Fred Verheul

      Nice to know about you and your country. thanks for sharing your life experience !!!



      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks gents!