We plan to put five questions to each of the WXG (www.wxg.co.uk) conference’s speakers to give you a look into their talks, histories and what inspires them to do what they do. Introducing the eighth speaker, Laurent Sansonetti. Why did you agree to speak at WXG?
It looks like a great conference and I have never really been to London!
What do you think delegates will get out of your talk?
Attendees will learn about RubyMotion, a toolchain that lets Ruby developers write full-fledged native apps for iOS, Android and OS X. Ruby is a popular language these days, it has a concise and very approachable syntax, and therefore it is a language of choice for beginners.
How did you get into computer programming?
My first introduction to computer programming was when I was 7 years old, on a Commodore 64. Back in the 80s, computers started right into a BASIC prompt, and you had to type code in order to run things. My mom bought me magazines with printed code to start, but I quickly learned basic programming concepts (such as loops). It was very interesting and it definitely shaped my interest into programming.
Who is your inspiration in the industry?
That’s a tough question. I have a lot of respect for Yukihiro Matsumoto (aka Matz), the designer of Ruby. His goal was to make programming fun again, by designing a language targeted to humans and not machines. Matz is also a very humble person with a great personality, which is extremely rare in our industry. He’s a model for me in this regard.
If I had to name a couple of others, I would probably name Linus Torvalds, a programming genius from whom I learned a lot just by reading his code, and Miguel de Icaza, who was responsible for bootstrapping the Linux desktop, which was what made me serious about programming as a teenager.
What advice would you give to someone new to the industry?
Write code. Lots of it. Join or create open source projects and contribute code. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes (and try to learn from them). Don't pay attention to trolls.
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