About

This is an example of a WordPress page.

Just kidding, but it’s been a while that I’ve written an about page. None of them were decent or funny. But I won’t stop writing one every few years.

About the author

This is the website of Florian Anderiasch, a Software Developer from Munich, Germany. Hi!

I’m going to spare you the details, but most of my time is spent building web applications or other software, poking servers, creating open source software, playing games or ranting. I rant a lot.

Around ten years ago I would have written “About the webmaster”.

In the late nineties I might have written “wEbMaSTeR”. Well, maybe I did. The times they are a-changing. I’m also not wearing any online gaming clan tag in front of my nick anymore, nor coding in VB5 or using AOL.

The first webpage I put up (on geocities probably) in the summer of ‘98 started a career of creating webapps, enjoying server-side scripting languages and loathing javascript.

In 2011 I wrote:

Nowadays I code PHP for a living, use Java and Python for fun, trying to wrap my head around Ruby, C, Lua and Scala, use bash when I need to and write Javascript when I’m forced to. I’ve also got a degree in Computer Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

In 2014 I wrote:

The degree’s still there, but apart from that I’m writing mostly Python and Lua these days, using a lot more Puppet than is healthy for my sanity, only occasionally work with PHP, even less with JavaScript (whew) and am not actively working on learning new languags, although coming back to Haskell once in a while, played with Racket for a few weeks and on my to-do list as of summer 2014 are: Go, Rust and Julia, maybe Idris. I actually learned a little Ruby in the last year and while not perfect, I see some strengths now.

Now it’s 2016 and this paragraph needs to be shorter again, so here it goes: less Lua :(, same amount of Python, a lot of Java, no PHP at all, learned some Rust, revisited OCaml after 10 years (it rocks now) and still haven’t had a chance to use a lot of Go. JS/node can still go die in a fire.

In addition to the links in the footer there are some places I visit:

About this website

This awe-inspiring website was originally made with Hyde and Vim. Both choices were to a small degree inspired by posts by Steve Losh, although I’ve had read about Hyde before and had used Vim for ages. But in both cases his excellent articles tipped the point.

In August of 2013 I threw out Blueprint and replaced the CSS with a responsive layout done in Foundation. The only JavaScript you’ll find on this website is Piwik, although I hardly look at the visits. How useful!

Technically speaking, most static site generators transform Markdown to HTML and in m case a Makefile does all the plumbing. Not fancy at all.

In January of 2015 I switched over to hugo because of the faster page generation, the better docs and there being an actual community. I still use Vim exclusively for updating though.

Earlier incarnations (of which many never even went public) included Django, Silex and several handcrafted CMS. Didn’t we all write those from ca. 2000 to 2005?

For blogs I’ve used Wordpress, Serendipity, and booq, which was my guestbook-turned-blogsoftware that’s been live in version 2.0 as early as 2002. I can only guess 1.0 was some horrible mess. My guess is that I’ve looked into 34 of all at least semi-popular weblog engines written in PHP, Python, Ruby and Perl, yet never used them in production.