I’m a self-taught and life-long hacker who first started out programming, by sheer coincidence, on an IBM Model M keyboard, something that has annoyed colleagues with
good hearing ever since. My first project was an “operating system” written in Basic when I was around 9 years old, then a MUD written in C which was briefly the most popular of its kind (though that’s not saying much,) and I’ve been making stuff ever since. I’m pretty sure I will be forever captivated by the concept of creating something out of nothing, and being limited only by your imagination and your compiler.
These days, my primary interests are formal methods and PL theory, particularly Haskell and its ilk, and how to make software in general more robust and reliable. I was an early contributor to the Go programming language, and am “one of those people” who does just fine without an IDE, at least when I’m not
forced to write writing Java. Professionally, I primarily write security and crypto software, but my personal projects are all over the map.
I’m not a fan of software patents, and wish they would be abolished, but I am listed as the inventor on a couple of filings. They may be the first to include Haskell code—I’m not sure. That would be a pretty lame feat, anyway.
If none of these make you rage, we’re gonna get along: