The real romance is out ahead and yet to come. The computer revolution hasn’t started yet. Don’t be misled by the enormous flow of money into bad de-facto standards for unsophisticated buyers using poor adaptations of incomplete ideas – Alan Kay
The short version
I am a scientist and software engineer (and professional firefighter) working on supporting people in fulfilling on what matters to them, especially using technology.
The computer revolution hasn’t happened yet…
But give me some time - I just discovered Smalltalk I am deeply committed to enriching the human experience by empowering people to harness knowledge, manage complexity, and fully express themselves. I envision a world where computers and users dance in a feedback loop providing access to new worlds of effectiveness, by integrating Doug Engelbart’s idea of computers calling users to be greater than they are with the current “ease of use” mantra.
I’ve sensed from my earliest college days of C and C++ that “this can’t be all there is!” And ten years later, when I stumbled onto Alan Kay’s Dynabook vision, and all of Doug Engelbart’s works, I feel like I’ve come home.
I am an active contributor to Pharo (and Squeak) Smalltalk, dreaming of a world without operating systems, lol, where I never have to leave my image. To that end, I set up and funded a research lab investigating the future of computing…
Smalltalk by (the hard) way of C, C++, and Ruby (with a dash of Objective C, PHP, VB, MySQL, unix command line, and HTML).
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2000. But everything important, I learned from life. Thank you to my mentors, whether you knew it or not (and in no particular order):
- Alan Kay
- Doug Engelbart
- Professor Brian Swann
- Andres Valloud
- Walt Whitman
- Domenick DeNigris (my father)
- Donald DeNigris (grandpa)