Gerhard de Clercq

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Gerhard de Clercq

Software engineer
KDAB

I am a 22-year-old South African who has recently completed his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering (probably Summa Cum Laude, but still waiting on the official results) and started working as a software engineer at KDAB, a renowned software consultancy.

I ended up working at KDAB since I spent a lot of time working with Qt, C++ and OpenGL while working on an embedded 3D printing application in my high-school years. During this time I developed a keen interest in GUI stacks and understanding how they work as I wanted ultimate performance in my application.

I was particularly intrigued by the GPU-centric approach taken by Qt Quick 2 which is why I now want to play with the idea of building something similar in Rust. The choice of Rust was of course so that I could evaluate the language’s promise of allowing for high-performance foundational software like this do be done in a better way than C/C++.

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