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I'm a slightly crazed software developer from Alaska!
In previous incarnations of myself I've worked for fairly large organizations and software labs doing proprietary development: everything from aircraft control systems, psychiatric experimentation, finite element analysis, and vulnerability analysis/development. Although here at Wikimedia I primarily develop in PHP, I have strong backgrounds in C, assembly, and Python.
Formally I received a dual BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in mathematics. I also have education and practical experience in the physics of materials (think silicon chip manufacturing) as well as technical theatre.
I have lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Azerbaijan. During that time I learned to speak, and then forgot, passable French and Russian.
I would describe my interests in no particular order as:
- Visualization technology
- Process modeling (ie: stock market prediction, human network analysis)
- Technical theatre (mostly lighting)
- Glass blowing
- and... *gasps* SCUBA diving.
I'm responsible for maintaining and enhancing CentralNotice, Donation Interface and various other fundraising code which may be found in gerrit. I also have my fingers in various parts of MediaWiki core development, PDF rendering, templating, caching, and analytics.
- E-mail: mwalkerwikimedia.org
- On various MediaWiki properties as Mwalker (WMF) in my staff role
- On the various wikis as mattofak as a (not very active) volunteer
- LinkedIn profile
- @mattofak on Twitter