Thank you for your interest in learning about the author of this blog. I’m Antonio Cangiano and I work as a Software Developer and Technical Evangelist at IBM, as part of the Emerging Technologies team within the Analytics group (quite the mouthful, I know). I’ll start with a disclaimer that is required by both my employer and my type of job. It’s my personal blog, which is entirely independent of IBM. My articles and comments are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer positions, strategies or opinions.
In case you were wondering, the uncommon surname is due to the fact that I’m Italian and I was born and raised in Italy. In 2003. I decided to leave my country, foreseeing the worsening of its economy in the years to come. I spent two and a half years in Ireland, and then between early 2006 and January 2012 I lived in Toronto with my beautiful Canadian wife (who has an awesome vintage blog). In early 2012 we moved to Penticton, B.C. (also in Canada).
The “Zen” in the title of this blog should be intended philosophically and not religiously, as I’m a happy rationalist atheist.
I’m very passionate about programming languages, algorithms, database and development in general, and I have a soft spot for mathematics as well (see my math blog). I’m mostly interested in dynamic languages, and best known for Ruby, but I also know and program in a few other languages and never stop looking at interesting developments elsewhere. My favorite web framework is Rails, but I’m not religious about it. I am a big advocate of using the right tool for the right job, and whatever makes you happy in the end.
Related interests of mine include: number crunching and applied mathematics, data science, big data, startups, and entrepreneurship in general, blogging, social media, digital marketing, and above all staying on the cutting edge of technology both on and off the web. On a more personal level, my hobbies include photography, reading, hiking, cycling, swimming, and whatever I happened to be into in a given month. 🙂
In the past few years, I have come to appreciate Mac OS X, which has become my favorite operating system for most tasks, even though I regularly still use both Linux (particularly Ubuntu) and Windows at work.
I have made small contributions to a few books, and authored two full books myself:
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