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Henry Tang

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Date: 9/1/2009 8:52 am
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The Essentials

Name: Henry Tang
Username: HenryTang or henryykt
Age: 34
Profession/Employer:Software Developer at Long Term Results
Place of Residence: Hong Kong

WebGUI Related Questions

In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?

I'm the lead developer for Swiftysite, which is basically a heavily patched version of WebGUI. I've been porting some features from Swiftysite back to WebGUI. Also, I'm helping with reporting and fixing bugs in WebGUI core.

When did you first hear of WebGUI?

Back in 2005 when I was interviewing for a job at Alphamega Hosting.

How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?

When I joined Alphamega Hosting, I was one of the developers to work on implementing WebGUI to replace the company's own CMS. We started tweaking WebGUI and adding new functionalities which ultimately lead to Swiftysite.

Are you paid to work on WebGUI?

Luckily, yes

How much time do you spend on WebGUI?

This varies from week to week, not as much as I would like to. Other than Swiftysite, I'm also in charge of the development and maintenance of other hosting related tools.

What do you think is still missing from WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?

There's room for improvement in usability. The interface is designed by engineers, not usability experts. For inexperienced users it can be a bit too complex.

What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?

Being paid to work on Swiftysite and WebGUI is a good motivation ;) Seriously, it's fun to work on a system that is improving all the time. Also, I love the community that is growing around it.

What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?

There are so many killer features. From a developer's perspective, I would say the stable API. It's good to know that custom code won't break with the next update.

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?

It's not as easy to install as all those CMS written in PHP. WebGUI would have gotten much more attention if people could install it easily on a simple hosting account without need for root access.

What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?

Mainly Swiftysite :) And because it's written in Perl, not PHP.

What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?

Swiftysite. I hope my boss won't fire me for calling it a hack ;)

Have you attended the WebGUI User's Conference?

Yes, 2008.

Where do you keep your Gooey doll?

It used to be sitting on my desk next to my home computer, but when I moved to Hong Kong it got lost in my luggage somewhere :(

Personal Questions

How would you describe yourself?

A computer geek, spending too much time in front of a computer. At least, that's what my wife complains about ;)

Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?

I'm married.

Do you have any kids?

We have a daughter, Hillary.

Do you have any pets?

No pets.

If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?

Hong Kong has a lot of tourist attractions. Disney Land, Ocean Park to name a few. It's also a good place to shop for (cheap) electronics.

What do you hate?

Not much really, although I can't stand badly written or inefficient code.

What do you love?

My family. Programming. All things that make life fun.

What's the last book you read?

Currently reading both Javascript: The Good Parts and Learning jQuery.

What's the last CD/MP3 you bought (or downloaded)?

Alan Tam – The sound that touches me...

What's the last movie you watched?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was a bit of a disappointment.

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

If I have internet access then I would probably try to solve some problems on

If not then probably read a little bit and listen to music.

Any last words?

Looking forward to the WUC!


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