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An interview with Konstantin Haase

I'm using TextMate 2 alpha for coding, but don't tell anyone

As current maintainer of Sinatra, Konstantin is an Open Source developer by heart. Ruby has become his language of choice since 2005. He regularly contributes to different widespread projects, like Rubinius, Rack, Travis, Rails and MRI.

Hi Konstantin! How was your last weekend?

Hi! Great, thanks for asking. I finally managed to watch "Moonrise Kingdom" with some friends. Fantastic movie, I love Wes Anderson.

How you spend typical day?

I usually get up when my girlfriend leaves the house, so anything between 9 am and 11 am. After you know, bathroom and stuff, I pretty much go online right away and check emails, campfire, IRC backlog, et. Then I do some hacking or replying to emails etc until I get hungry, which is when I grab break fast. I guess you'd rather call it brunch. Sometimes my girlfriend, who is in med school, manages to swing by again, so we can have brunch together. After that I'll either stay home and continue hacking on whatever I was working on, or I leave for the Travis CI office. I usually stay there until 7pm. Then home, dinner, maybe going out, maybe a movie, most of the time some more programming.

How would you like to spend a typical day?

Pretty much the same, I guess. Days could be longer, though.

What software are you using the most?

Probably what everyone's using. Ruby, Git, iTerm2, zsh. Oh, yeah, I'm using TextMate 2 alpha for coding, but don't tell anyone. I recently switched to Postbox for email, but I'm having some issues with it, so I might switch back to Mail.app.

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

Uhm. This is hard. I think I'm super incapable of doing something "just for the money", at least on a long term. I started programming at such an age that I didn't really explore other options. Maybe like a history teacher or something.

Please describe your perfect holiday.

First of all, it has to be with my girlfriend. Amazing nature around us, in some place I've never been before. Experiencing something new.

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

Yes I do. Well, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, Beirut, The Knife, Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box, ...

I found awesome pictures on your flickr, have you ever thought about being a professional photographer?

Nah, that something I do just for the fun of it. I mean, that's the same reason I write software, but I don't think having to meet someone else's requirements when taking photos is that much fun. Though I could be wrong.

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