Michael Richter

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I'm a self-educated, burned-out, Canadian former software developer currently residing in Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China. My career, before I left it, consisted mostly of work in telephony ranging from embedded systems work, driver design and development and computer telephony toolkit development. Toward the end, in a radical shift, I moved into working on PKI software.

I've always been the kind of person who's disdained the "one tool in the tool belt"-style software developers that plague the industry. (Would you trust an auto mechanic who only uses a crescent wrench and a screwdriver? Then why do so many people trust software developers who use C/C++ and maybe a simple scripting language?) To put it more bluntly, I'm a language whore. I like to pick up new languages like other people like to pick up magazines from tables. If I find a language that stretches an existing paradigm or, even better, introduces me to a new one I'm happy.

I started tinkering with Lua back in the v3.2 days. I've been a loyalist ever since. Unfortunately I couldn't convince any employers to consider Lua for anything (my last employer embedded Tcl in their product!), one of the myriad of things contributing to my decision to give up software as a career. Instead I now write my own software for my own amusement or use and, oddly enough, Lua features prominently in much of my software development.

My current projects (all done part-time) include:

Don't hold your breath for any of these....

I'm tempted to do a LuaVsC++ page. The first entry would be:

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