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Title: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Sesquipedalian on June 07, 2017, 04:36:13 PM
Name: Jon Stovell
Age: I have survived 38 trips around the sun on this spinning space rock.
Location: Canada
Quote: "No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar." — Donald Foster
Position: Developer

Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Shambles on June 07, 2017, 05:33:10 PM
You sound like a fun kind of guy, but I've no idea who you are, in SMF context  ??? sorry.
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Arantor on June 07, 2017, 05:34:15 PM
He's been a major contributor to SMF 2.1 in recent months and done some really nice work on some of the internals.
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Sesquipedalian on June 07, 2017, 06:03:25 PM
You sound like a fun kind of guy, but I've no idea who you are, in SMF context  ??? sorry.

That's not too surprising. Most of my involvement (https://github.com/SimpleMachines/SMF2.1/pulls?q=is%3Apr%20author%3ASesquipedalian%20) takes place on GitHub, whereas this is only my 91st post on simplemachines.org itself. :) That's part of why I figured it would be a good idea to post this "Get To Know The Team" topic sooner rather than later.

He's been a major contributor to SMF 2.1 in recent months and done some really nice work on some of the internals.

Thanks, Arantor. That's a significant compliment coming from a man of your stature in the history of SMF's development. :)
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Colin on June 07, 2017, 06:21:10 PM
Warm welcome and thanks for all of your hard work! SMF is lucky to have you.
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Dzonny on June 07, 2017, 06:43:50 PM
Warm welcome and thanks for all of your hard work! SMF is lucky to have you.
+1 here.
And you sounds like a fun guy from what I can tell :)

You said you read a lot. What exactly you like to read, and what you're reading now? :)
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Steve on June 07, 2017, 08:00:48 PM
Hockey or other ... lol ... typical Canadian. :D
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Sesquipedalian on June 07, 2017, 08:40:58 PM
What exactly you like to read, and what you're reading now? :)

As an academic, I spend a lot of my time reading scholarly articles and books in my field, which I quite enjoy, so there's that. For example, at the moment I am in the midst of reading a paper on African concepts of the Trinity, so that I can respond to it at an academic conference a few weeks from now.

For fiction, I usually find myself reading classics of literature these days if I am reading just to myself. However, I have two school-aged kids who, while voracious readers themselves, still also really enjoy it when I read aloud to them before bed. This has given me a great excuse to go through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Harry Potter series again. After all, I would be remiss as a father if I didn't make sure their childhoods included Eówyn defeating the King of the Nazgul. :)
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: live627 on June 07, 2017, 10:42:11 PM
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Five younger brothers, and a younger sister.
Same here, just add another sister. Never a dull day at the house. Being the oldest of seven makes you feel old at times watching them grew up.
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: d3vcho(); on June 08, 2017, 02:04:21 PM
So... you're a thelogian, but what about developer stuff? How did you get involved with it?

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Did you play hookey from class?
I never understood why anyone would want to do that...

If you were in Spain, you'd probably understand why... ^^
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: Sesquipedalian on June 08, 2017, 03:28:49 PM
Hockey or other ... lol ... typical Canadian. :D

:D



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Five younger brothers, and a younger sister.
Same here, just add another sister. Never a dull day at the house. Being the oldest of seven makes you feel old at times watching them grew up.

Yup. There's a spread of 14 years between me and the youngest. It makes for some interesting family dynamics, for sure.



So... you're a thelogian, but what about developer stuff? How did you get involved with it?

I'm just self-taught, actually. It began when I first got a Mac years ago and discovered AppleScript and then Bash shell scripting, and then things began ballooning from there. I find programming to be a fun hobby, because it is like playing with a big, complicated Lego set—you learn what the pieces are and how they fit together, and then you build stuff. Almost all the programming I have done over the years has started with, "Okay, how can I get the computer to do [insert complicated task here] for me?"

I started picking up PHP when I found myself needing to do some customizations on my first SMF site. Since PHP has such great documentation, it was really easy to learn.

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Did you play hookey from class?
I never understood why anyone would want to do that...

If you were in Spain, you'd probably understand why... ^^

;)
Title: Re: Get To Know The Team - Sesquipedalian
Post by: GravuTrad on August 01, 2017, 11:25:40 PM
Nice to see new devs. ;)