A quick chat with Mathias Buus Madsen
While waiting to announce the final line up, let’s have a quick chat with Mathias Buus Madsen, who’s going to hold the “P2P File sharing workshop” at Nodejsconf 2016.
Mathias, also known as @Mafintosh, is a danish Node.js hacker from Copenhagen, Denmark. He wrote a lot of open source modules (currently more than 200 modules on npm).
He has been working on BitTorrent creating various mad science projects including Peerflix, a streaming BitTorrent video client.
Hi Mathias, could you give us a quick introduction about your workshop?
My workshop is about learning how to write applications in Node.js that share files using P2P techniques over local networks and even the internet. Similar to last year where I taught a workshop about P2P in general you’ll learn through a bunch of small, iterative exercises how P2P file sharing actually works and how you can start developing your own using various Node.js modules. We’ll even cover how you can get your file sharing applications working in the browser as well. I promise it’ll be a lot of fun!
What should the attendees expect from the workshop?
What worries you the most in the IT industry?
It definitely worries me than there isn’t easier ways for open source developers to get funded to work full time on open source work. Open source is major part of why Node.js is an incredibly successful platform. I hope that in the future we’ll see more direct initiatives from public funders or the EU to directly support non-profit open source development without drowning them in paperwork.
What’s your current music album on repeat?
I listen to a lot of varied music, especially while I’m working. I tend to cycle between hip hop, electronic music and classical music. My current goto electronic playlist is on my soundcloud.
Who is/are your tech heroes?
I’m not sure I have tech heroes but plenty of other developers definitely inspire me. Following Dominic Tarr’s work was a big part of why I started to get more and more interested in P2P systems: github.com/dominictarr
How do you find the time to contribute to the open source?
I’m very lucky to be working on the Dat project which is funded by a couple of American non-profit foundations. This makes me able to work and contribute to open source full time. Before doing that I’d just write a lot of code in the weekends. I actually relax a lot when writing code as well.
You come to Italy very often to speak at conferences, what are the things you love most of this country?
This is the easiest of all the questions and answerable with a single word: Food. Also all the Italians I know are incredible friendly and it’s always a great place to visit.
What’s your setup (laptop, OS, editor, etc.)?
I use the new 12’’ Macbook, running OSX. I like to use Sublime Text because that editor has decent default configurations (I don’t like making custom settings in general). I like to travel and work remotely most of the time so it’s important for me to have a portable computer. In addition to my laptop I carry multiple extra batteries so I can charge my laptop while I’m on the go.
What’s your favourite ES2015 feature?
Having said that I like the new template strings! They are great for doing frontend templates without having to use JSX and other compilers. They are also widely supported by browsers now which makes them super easy to use and deploy.
And what about ES2016?
Thanks for the quick chat Mathias, can’t wait to see you on stage at next Nodejsconf Italy 2016!