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Kaleb Murphy

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Date: 3/31/2008 12:44 pm
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People Behind WebGUI Interview

The Essentials:

Name: Kaleb Murphy
Username: perlmonkey2
Age: 32
Profession/Employer: CodeMonkey +3 / University of Oklahoma – Center for Applied Social Research
Place of Residence: Norman, Oklahoma

WebGUI Related Questions:

In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?
I hang out on IRC, look through the discussion board, and generally try to be helpful.  But my biggest contribution will be the update of the Survey System.

When did you first hear of WebGUI?
I first heard of WebGUI in 2003.

How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?

I became involved with WebGUI in 2006 when the center I worked for decided they wanted a content management system.  It just so happened I had spent the last few weeks experimenting with what open source had to offer and had found that WebGUI had been reborn into something spectacular.

Are you paid to work on WebGUI?

Not by Plain Black.

How much time do you spend on WebGUI?
When things are busy at work, I don't work on WebGUI at all.  When things are slow, I work on WebGUI nearly exclusively.

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

WebGUI is what it is.  So I'm not sure it is missing anything, rather it has room to grow.  I would like to see it move more into the thin client arena (I dislike the connotations that have grown up around “Web 2.0”).  WebGUI's API makes it extremely well suited to AJAX interfaces, which allow for faster, more complex user interaction.  Not only would I like to see WebGUI continue to move in this direction, I would like to see a standardized framework for AJAX development (did someone say “rip off KSS”?)
As for the WebGUI Community, the people currently involved seem extremely friendly and helpful, so  the more the merrier. 

What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?

It is a fun project to work on.  I like powerful frameworks that contain a lot of magic, while maintaining developers' freedoms to do as they please.  I also like where WebGUI seems to be going, with an aggressive set of features and releases to keep it one of the most powerful tools in the interwebs.

What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?
Maybe this has been said before, but WebGUI's killer feature is hidden to most users.  It is the API, which makes doing just about anything extremely easy for developers. 

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?
WebGUI's largest weakness is the relatively small number of open source developers attracted to the project.

What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?
WebGUI has better fundamentals and, hence, more potential (oh and I like the people).

What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?

Isn't hacking illegal?

Have you attended the WebGUI User's Conference?

No.  I missed my flight due to some confusion over the so called rabid squirrel in my carry on.  (Buddy was not rabid.)

Where do you keep your Gooey doll?
In JT's warehouse.

Personal Questions:

How would you describe yourself?
As a guy who cares deeply for his family and friends; who wants to make the world a better place; who really likes building things; and who thinks there is always a shortage of coffee, laughter, and beer.  But according to my wife, I'm just really silly.

Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?
Yes, to Dr. Robin Murphy, who I was lucky enough to sucker into marriage. 

Do you have any kids?
No, but I hear you can find some cheap on the interwebs.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, a weiner dog.  I think he's something like 192 in people years.  I had a pet squirrel but he died of rabies after nearly suffocating.

If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?
Go to a rodeo, visit the museums, go fishing with me at the ranch.  Understand that “fishing” is a code word for, “drink a lot of beer and grill steaks while being within a few hundred feet of the fish,” as I'm entirely too impatient for fishing.  My mind wanders to more efficient means of catching them, which I hear defeats the whole purpose of fishing in the first place.

What do you hate?
Hollandaise sauce, closed minds, and people who take themselves seriously.

What do you love?
Making interesting and useful things.

What's the last book you read?
The Cathedral and the Bazaar

What's the last CD/MP3 you bought?
Dropkick Murphys – The Meanest Of Times

What's the last movie you watched?
"Across The Pacific"

You're stuck on a train/plane for 6 hours and bored out of your mind, what do you do to amuse yourself?
Pull out my laptop and start doing use cases and GUI mock ups for my next toy, er, I mean very serious application.

Any last words?

Life is too short to have as much fun as we all should.


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