An interview with Paolo Perrotta

It's one thing to crash a computer program, another to kill somebody

Paolo Perrotta wrote the "Metaprogramming Ruby" for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He has more than ten years of experience as a developer and writer, working for domains ranging from embedded to enterprise software, computer games, and web applications. These days, Paolo coaches agile teams and mentors programmers throughout Europe. He lives in Bologna, Italy.

Hi Paolo! How was your last weekend?

Hello. The last one, I was mostly recovering and moving from place to place. The previous one, however, was great. I spent it in Venice, a city I love.

How you spend typical day?

I live a nomadic lifestyle, so it's hard to pinpoint "typical". My basecamp is in Northern Italy, my partner in Norway, my relatives in Southern Italy and my job all over Europe. I wish I could tell you that I'm always chilling in beautiful locations, but honest, it's not that glamorous. These days, I spend most of my time consulting for a corporate customer in Frankfurt.

How would you like to spend a typical day?

On a beach.

What software are you using the most?

Plenty of it. The latest piece of software that really got me excited is Paper 53 for the iPad.

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

I always thought I'd love to be a surgeon, but I wonder whether I'd deal with the emotional side of it. It's one thing to crash a computer program, another to kill somebody.

Please describe your perfect holiday.

See "perfect day". Beach. Kiteboarding. My loved one. And a few more (mostly legal) things.

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

I avoid headsets in the office, because they get in the way of talking to people - but I do listen to plenty of music when I'm alone. Right now I'm listening to an awful lot of Drake, because I'm a wannabe black guy like that. Also on my playlist at the moment: Purity Ring, Destroyer, Oneohtrix Point Never.

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

Here is a recent pic. I'm afraid I didn't get any better.


You say about yourself “Generic Italian Guy”, please tell me more about being an Italian Guy.

I spent the last few years of my life learning to live in Italy like a tourist. This way I can enjoy the food, scenery and laid-back lifestyle, without having to worry about Berlusconi, corruption and the lousy economy. I'm getting better at it. Call me a "native tourist". ;)

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