last week, I handed in my Master’s thesis. I was studying Physics for about 7.5 years now. I started using KDE 3.5.x while still in school and in my first student job as a web developer. At university, I taught myself C++ while working as a sysadmin at the faculty, in order to contribute to Kate, Quanta and KDevelop. I quickly discovered that Physics wasn’t so much my thing but the German education system doesn’t make it easy to switch fields. Thus, I endured and continued. And I kept coding though, mostly in my spare time, but also while working part-time for KDAB. Now, all these years later, I’m one of the official maintainers of KDevelop, and also contribute to KF5, esp. KTextEditor regularly. I created tools such as Massif-Visualizer and heaptrack. I became a Qt approver and maintainer of the Qt WebChannel module. And, starting from May this year, I’ll finally be working full-time for KDAB. Oh, how things have changed! Just compare Plasma 5.2 today to the KDE 4.0 alpha 1 or whatever it was that I tried in 2007 - a difference of night and day!
Saturday night and I’m not going out. What the hell is wrong with me — you (and I) ask?
Sad truth is: I’m swamped with work currently. Today I sat down and finished the last protocol of a university lab course, so at least that is done for now.
I’m not a slacker (even though I’d like to be one!) so I also recently started working on my Bachelor thesis. I’m doing something on EPR simulations, esp. pulse EPR with “big” molecules. It’s actually pretty interesting and I already learned tons of stuff. Most notably I could finally try out Eigen. It’s as good as I imagined, and probably even better ;-) My mentor at the university, who used BLAS up to now, is amazed by the readability of code you write. It is often nearly a one-to-one mapping of a mathematical formula to code. Since I personally never learned the BLAS interface, and find it’s API hideous, I’m very pleased to be able to use Eigen from the start. Thanks to Gael and Benoit (and the others) for writing it. Since I like living on the edge, I use Eigen 3 already and - to give something back - started to update the benchmarks for them.