Who is Who of the MarkUs Project
A short history of past and current MarkUs developers.
Mike worked on MarkUs for two project courses, and then as a full-time developer over the summer of 2009 with Severin and Nelle. After the summer ended, Mike became a graduate student, and worked as the TA for MarkUs for the UCOSP course.
Farah was a fourth year computer science student at the University of Toronto when she first got involved with MarkUs during the Fall 2009 semester. She had just finished a 16-month internship as a software developer at Red Hat and was excited to start working on another open source project. She enjoyed working on MarkUs and learning about Ruby on Rails so much that she decided to work on MarkUs again during the Winter 2010 semester.
Fernando was a fourth year Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo when he first got involved with MarkUs during the Fall 2009 term. He had a pretty good experience in Java and Linux but was new to Ruby and Rails when he started working on MarkUs. Thanks to Severin and Mike he was quickly brought up to speed with everyone else. He liked so much Ruby on Rails and MarkUs that he decided to work on MarkUs again on the Winter 2010 term.
Melanie was a third year software engineer and French student at the Laval University when she first got involved with MarkUs during the Fall 2009 semester. She have been working as software developer for almost 12 years and was excited to experiment working on an open source project. She was new to Web development and to Ruby on Rails. She enjoyed working on MarkUs and with all those great people and above all, she learned a lot.
Tara was a fourth year Computer Science and French student at the University of Waterloo when she got involved with MarkUs during the fall 2009 term, through Greg Wilson’s UCOSP setup. She is passionate about web development, having spent 3 of her 5 co-op terms in that area. She was new to Ruby and Rails when she started working on MarkUs, but she was quickly brought up to speed with everyone else.
Severin was a second year Computer Science student at University of Toronto when he got first involved with MarkUs during winter term 2009. Before coming to Toronto – starting his second degree – he was working for almost 2 years. It was then when he realized what interests him most: Software and its very internals. He liked Java and Linux and had decent Web programming experience (mainly in Perl), but was new to Ruby and Ruby on Rails at that time. He volunteered for a couple of weeks, when he decided to work on MarkUs full-time during summer 2009.
He very much enjoyed working with great people, Mike Conley and Nelle Varoquaux, in a great environment to get a first version of MarkUs deployable that summer. “Getting up to speed with Rails was pretty easy”, he said. Some Rails “magic” was irritating for him, but Mike Conley – who has been a MarkUs developer for two terms, by then – was always excellent help figuring it out. After the summer of full-time work on MarkUs, he continued to be a MarkUs developer for the fall term 2009 working with new people spread across Canada.
Severin continues to be around. In his spare time he occasionally gets some MarkUs develpment done…