User:Mwalker (WMF)

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Matthew Walker
Software Engineer - Fundraising, Wikimedia Foundation
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Matthew Walker

About me

I'm a slightly crazed software developer from Alaska!

In previous incarnations of myself I've worked for fairly large organizations and software labs doing proprietary development: everything from aircraft control systems, psychiatric experimentation, finite element analysis, and vulnerability analysis/development. Although here at Wikimedia I primarily develop in PHP, I have strong backgrounds in C, assembly, and Python.

Formally I received a dual BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in mathematics. I also have education and practical experience in the physics of materials (think silicon chip manufacturing) as well as technical theatre.

I have lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Azerbaijan. During that time I learned to speak, and then forgot, passable French and Russian.

I would describe my interests in no particular order as:

  • Visualization technology
  • Process modeling (ie: stock market prediction, human network analysis)
  • Technical theatre (mostly lighting)
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Reading
  • Baking
  • Glass blowing
  • and... *gasps* SCUBA diving.

My work

I'm responsible for maintaining and enhancing CentralNotice, Donation Interface and various other fundraising code which may be found in gerrit. I also have my fingers in various parts of MediaWiki core development, PDF rendering, templating, caching, and analytics.
Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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