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An interview with Anthony Eden

I just loved to design complex highway interchanges...true story

Anthony Eden is the founder of DNSimple and the perpetrator of numerous open source projects such as ActiveWarehouse and Rails SQL Views. Anthony has also contributed to a wide variety of open source projects over the past 17 years as a software developer using multiple languages including Java, Python and Ruby. Anthony currently lives near Montpellier, France.

Hi Anthony! How was your last weekend?

Relaxing. I spent most of the weekend either swimming in the pool with my kids or hacking on an Erlang project I'm playing with.

How you spend typical day?

I wake up and have coffee and a small breakfast and then I spend an hour answering DNSimple support questions, reading the news and catching up on what's gone on overnight. I then switch over and work on LivingSocial work. I work out of my house so I'll switch off between work and doing small chores like taking care of our small vegetable garden, going to the local market, things like that. I have lunch with my wife and then return to work for the afternoon. Around 5 or 6 PM I stop working on LivingSocial and spend a bit of time working on DNSimple again before dinner (and often after). Weekends are all DNSimple or visiting friends and family around Montpellier.

How would you like to spend a typical day?

I'd like to wake up and go for a surf at the break in front of my house, followed by breakfast and a bit of coding on DNSimple and open source stuff. After lunch I'd work some more or maybe take the kids to the beach followed by some more hacking and then an evening glass-off (another surf session). I lived like this for a year in Hawaii and it was pretty incredible. A house on the beach in front of good surf is pretty much my ideal life.

What software are you using the most?

MacVim and Chrome.

Imagine World without computers. What would you do for a living?

I'd probably be a farmer.

Please describe your perfect holiday.

Beaches and surf. Lots of surf.

What music bands we can find in your playlist? Do you listen to music while working?

I usually listen to electronic music (trance, dubstep, things like that) while I code. I find the beats and lack of vocals really let the music fall into the background so I can focus on coding. I also have various classical albums from composers such as Brahms and Barber, and that's reserved for when I'm reading or need calm. Finally I have a bunch of rock and some hard core stuff like Slipknot that I listen to when I am deploying. ;-)

Could you send me your new picture, exclusively for BaRuCo?

I would if I could but I can't. ;-)

Regarding your tweet (https://twitter.com/aeden/status/228807706797043712) who did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be an architect or civil engineer (although I didn't know that was what it was called, I just loved to design complex highway interchanges...true story).

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