January 04, 2018
by Denis Fernández Gridchin
Cool fact: I come from a "kinda big" family as I’m the 3rd of 12 children (all natural, from same parents :D). So I have 5 brothers and 6 sisters and this is us, grandma (95yo) included:
I’ve been doing development professionally since around 2004/2005, as I needed money to pay university rents/books/etc and therefore I started building websites/apps for friends, local activities and for the university of Padova. I love the fact we programmers are doing a tremendously dynamic (in terms of brain activity :D) job, and we never stop learning. Moreover I love the fact we have the opportunity to code almost everything we have in mind.
Yeah, as I wrote on the intro, I love doing lots of things and taking care of my daughters (and wife LOL) while I’m not coding:
Even if I tend to hide this, I’m sometimes extremely anxious/emotive and hypochondriac BUT I’m an active and proud blood donor :)
I love the ’90s as in ’92 my fav. band Dream Theater delivered the epic album Images and Words (a Progressive Metal milestone). I also love what bands like Porcupine Tree, Iron Maiden, Opeth, Rush, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Liquid Tension Experiment etc. were doing during those years and 80% of the music I’m listening to this period is from the ‘90s. Apart from the rock/metal side I also like Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Ludovico Einaudi, Alan Silvestri and in general epic music soundtracks.
I’m generally proud whenever I click the “approve” (to live) button to deliver something I built from scratch or that required lot of time and effort. In particular, I lately rewrote an entire application (tes’ app job search) and I was very proud of the outcome. Also, some years ago (when the instagram API was released the first time) I did an online match pairs memory game w/ instagram pictures from a hashtag for my little brother and he played it millions of times. Small thing but I was definitely very proud!
This is kinda weird, as I’m not really into TV series and I’m not watching anything right now. Usually I start something and then - mainly ‘coz of lack of time - I stop and I forget about it. But there have been some exceptions: Lost, Breaking Bad (watched it 4 times) and Stranger Things (watched 3 times).
My family, the nature that surrounds us (mainly while I’m staring at the dolomites and/or it’s snowing), and good music.
Definitely Mauritius island. Great people, awesome food and epic sea.
I’m Italian, so maybe you would expect something like Pizza, Pasta etc. And you’re right :) I love Pizza, I love handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, Pasticcio, Tagliatelle, Ragu’, I love Prosciutto Crudo (parma/san daniele ham) … and I love mediterranean food in general (w/ lots of extra virgin olive oil on top)
This is my workspace. And, as you see a bed w/ minnie mouse on the left, my home office is also my daughter’s bedroom as we don’t have a big house. Apart from home, I also work (± 3 days a week) from a coworking space.