Ruby Summer of Code

Bogdan Gaza

Iasi, Romania

Student, Project #14/20



Bio: My name is Bogdan Gaza and I’m a student in the 1st year at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University - Faculty of Computer Science in Iasi, Romania. I’m a young and passionate web developer and I enjoy working with the latest web technologies. I’ve been interested in web-related technologies since the 8th grade when I started learning PHP. In 2006 I started learning Ruby and Ruby on Rails. Since then I’ve worked on different projects, both small and large, employing Rails for most of them.

Every year during high school (2005 – 2009) I participated in the most important software/web development contest for junior developers in Romania, where each year I ranked in the top 5 – qualifying for final the on-site 24h programming challenge. Starting in 2007, the projects that I presented at the contest in question were written using Ruby on Rails.

For a long time one of my primary interests, in addition to web technologies, was programming in the the *nix environment. I installed my first Linux distribution in a virtual machine at the age of 14. Using Rails has allowed me to learn more and more about *nix; most of my personal development process was carried out until recently using Ubuntu as primary development OS and Fedora for my servers. Now I work on a Mac.

I’ve owned a VPS for 3 years, which I manage and monitor myself (DNS and the whole Rails stack – apache/nginx, mod_passenger/mongrel with mysql). I know how to set up my own Rails stack.

In my senior high school year I qualified for the National Computer Science Olympiad (= national contest for high school students). This has allowed me to develop my already strong algorithmic background. I’m also aware of the latest software development practices – code versioning (git and svn), bug tracking, unit testing, continuous integration etc.

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