Masters at Lund University
- Software development:
- Scientific computing (Fortran 2008).
- AJAX and web applications (jQuery).
- Revision control (Mercurial, Darcs, Bazaar).
- Functional programming languages.
- Software security.
- Astrophysics (esp. simulations) and space exploration.
- Cycling, hiking.
- Social responsibility.
I mostly enjoy reading technical articles and papers.
I do read the occasional fiction novel. Some of my
favourite fiction books include:
- The Wheel of Time (14th book expected in 2012).
- Harry Potter series.
- Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley.
- Several books from Isaac Asimov including the Foundation series.
I enjoy technical writing. Since 2010 I haven’t had as much time to write as a hobby. I have written unpublished articles on space transportation, space colony design, alien life, etc.
I have experience writing software manuals. I co-authored the Point and Click OpenOffice.org with Robin Miller, and also Getting Started with OpenOffice.org, the OpenOffice.org Draw Guide and the OpenOffice.org Writer Guide.
Everything I know about technical writing I’ve learnt from my friend Jean Hollis Weber, author of the Technical Editors’ Eyrie.
Work and Education
I have a degree in Math and Physics from the University of Toronto. Most recently I worked as a web software developer, mainly working with PHP, MySQL and AJAX. I quit my job to start a Masters in Astrophysics at Lund University. Going further back in time, I spent many years working as a teaching assistant or course instructor (Mathematics).
Languages and travel
I am Venezuelan by birth and Canadian by choice. I have enjoyed living in seven countries (Venezuela, Canada, Hong Kong, USA, England, Germany and Sweden) and I prefer to think of myself as a citizen of the world. I am fluent in Spanish and English. I know intermediate German and very elementary Swedish.
- Social Responsibility
- Personal Finance Software
- Software Development
- PHP Framework Comparison
Choosing an Ajax toolkit: part I, part II
- Monotone Security