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Chris Nehren

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Date: 7/1/2008 1:23 pm
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The Essentials:

Name: Christopher Nehren
Username: apeiron
Age: 24
Profession/Employer: I'm a programmer for Plain Black.
Place of Residence: Pennsylvania, close to Philadelphia.

WebGUI Related Questions:

In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?
I'm one of Plain Black's developers. I work on several client projects and implement the features they request. In certain circumstances I also add those features into the WebGUI core.

When did you first hear of WebGUI?

I learned about it on the web site. While interviewing, I set up an installation and learned as much as I could about it.

How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?

I became involved in WebGUI when Plain Black hired me, October 8th, 2007.

Are you paid to work on WebGUI?

How much time do you spend on WebGUI?
Typically 40 hours a week, though sometimes more.

What do you think is still missing from WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?
In terms of technical aspects, test coverage can always improve. Some bits of the API can be better documented at times. As far as wetware aspects go, the community can always grow. More people should know about WebGUI.

What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?

It's been tremendously educational since the beginning. I love learning new things, and I've learned a lot about WebGUI and development in my Plain Black position.

What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?

The minds contributing to WebGUI are its best feature. Without them, we wouldn't have any code, any markup, any images.

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?

There aren't enough of said minds. Many people don't know about WebGUI (and apply the Perl FUD to WebGUI).

What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?

It's written in Perl and backed by a talented community of individuals with widely differing skills and experiences.

What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?

The rewrite of the export system into well-written, well-documented, test-first code. Mere mortals can now extend the export system!

Have you attended the WebGUI User's Conference?
Yes, I attended the 2007 WUC, and I will be presenting at the 2008 WUC.

Where do you keep your Gooey doll?
It's on one of the monitors in my room, watching me as I work (I find it interesting how many people have answered this question in this fashion).

Personal Questions:

How would you describe yourself?
Intellectual, abstracted, contemplative.

Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?

Do you have any kids?

Do you have any pets?
I have a beautiful calico named Circe. She's curled up on my lap as I type this.

If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?
Leave, quickly. There's little of value or interest around here.

What do you hate?
Stupidity—willful ignorance.

What do you love?
Intelligence. Science. Logic. Knowledge. Peaceful debate. Thought. Art, especially beautiful music. The piano and harp will always have a special meaning to me.

What's the last book you read?
On Writing Well, William Zinsser.

What's the last CD/MP3 you bought?
Hmm. Two Taliesin Orchestra remixes of Enya's pieces from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack (told you I'm a geek).

What's the last movie you watched?
It's been so long since I've watched a movie in toto that I cannot remember.

You're stuck on a train/plane for 6 hours and bored out of your mind, what
do you do to amuse yourself?

Six hours? That's substantially longer than any flight I've been on. I can always write some code, and then perhaps finish reading Dune after my laptop battery dies.

Any last words?

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