Written by Karl vom Dorff
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:58
DarkWyrm recently won our June Thank You Award (with Pier Luigi Fiorini). Like all winners, we asked him a few questions with regards to his activity in the Haiku community:
Q1: How old are you and what do you do to pay the bills? I'm 33 years old and I live near Columbus, OH with my wife and two children. By day I teach computers and music at a Christian private school in the area. I also am the local unofficial technical support and network administrator for the school. I've done a bunch of other things for the school over the years, but that's what I've been doing the last couple of years, anyway...
It's actually been really easy -- I kind of fell into both projects.
The lessons just snowballed after a friend of mine in the community asked for some help in learning how to write code. I've done a fair amount of writing since I came into the community -- I had what amounted to a blog before blogs were cool, I wrote the initial draft for the Haiku Interface Guidelines, and I have a mostly-finished manuscript on OpenOffice.org's Writer word processor that I've been meaning to finish. This year at school was my first year teaching computers to junior high and high school students and it was a learning experience that I really enjoyed, and writing the lessons just came naturally out of things that I already do and love: code and teaching.
Paladin was an experiment. I was doing a little work with the Niue guys for a few weeks and wanted to clean up the code, but it seemed like a lot of work. One weekend I got really curious how hard it would be to write an IDE a lot like BeIDE, which had been my #1 development tool since the days that I was first learning to program using BeOS. It took a little time to learn how to work with gcc directly, but I was surprised how easy it was. It's also probably the most satisfying project I've ever worked on -- any improvements I make on it help me (and others) code better.
Q3: What would you love to have that would make working on Haiku easier? Stability, stability, stability. How I wish that Haiku were as stable as R5 or even Zeta. Without the bugs, Haiku would be an complete knockout for development even if it weren't feature complete yet.
Q4: What interesting book, band, TV show etc. would you like to recommend?
Well, I'm not much of a TV watcher and there are *so* many good books out there, so I'll just recommend a band I've been listening to a lot of lately: Skillet. Their earlier stuff is a little bit rock, a little bit electronica, but their last three albums are nothing short of amazing rock albums. I'm a big fan of their last one, Awake -- every single song is really good.