Welcome to my website
Hi, I'm Alfredo Di Napoli, and I'm a 25-year-old guy with passion for technology. I'm an inquisitive person, and an eager devourer of technical books. I'm geek enough to have opinions about publishing houses: My favourite one is Addison Wesley, but I'm also fond of No Starch Press for the beautiful books about Common Lisp and Haskell, and I appreciate the variety of topics covered by O'Reilly (they have published a book about Haskell Web development with Yesod!)
Within this site you will find every piece of information about me: my portfolio, my blog , my résumé and finally my email and other social stuff. And If you are the CEO of a company, just click on the "Hire me" button!
Since when I was 13, I attended informatic-oriented schools. From 2001 to 2006 I attended Istituto Tecnico Commerciale "V. Arangio Ruiz", graduating with 100/100. Next I switched to Roma Tre University, where I took my Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 2009 with 110/110, and part of my thesis were presented as In Proceeding of IUI 2010 Workshop on Social Recommender Systems (here). Nowadays I've graduated with full marks and took my Master Degree in Computer Science. I've developed a parallel framework as my senior thesis.
I've a decent background in Java, being the language most taught within my university. By the way, I've studied on my own a bunch of other interesting programming languages:
- Common Lisp
I've spent several months learning Python, due to its expressiveness, high level of abstraction and power. Two years ago I attended the "PyCon 3" conference and I met Guido Van Rossum, the creator of the language.
I can consider Python one of my favourite languages, because it's easy to start with, and everything works like expected. I've even experience with a Python web framework, Django, because I've realized most of my Bachelor thesis with it. Python's lacks of concurrency can be fixed using some ad-hoc implementations, such as Stackless Python.
I'm relatively new to C++, but I like it a lot. I've started studying it through the excellent Meyers' book and Koenig's "Accelerated C++". I've decided studying it due to my passion: if you want to be a game developer, forget Java! When performance matters, you need to know C/C++. I'm currently studying C++ advanced concept like Templates through the outstanding Andrei Alexandrescu's Modern C++ Design: Applied Generic and Design Patterns.
Haskell is an amazing functional language: it's expressive, smart, beautiful to write, and reasonably fast. I started learning Haskell one year ago, but I stopped due to lack of time. Thanks to the fantastic book "Learn you a Haskell for Great Good!", though, I was totally carried away from Haskell. As a matter of fact, this site is written using a simple but powerful static website generator written in Haskell, Hakyll. Becoming a seasoned Haskell programmer is really hard, but also incredibly rewarding. Recently I've beginning contributing to the popular Snap Framework.
Sometimes known as "the hybrid language FP/OOP for the JVM", Scala is loved from a lot of developers for its expressiveness and pragmatism. Programming in idiomatic Scala is not easy, because is very common to find "Java-biased" code over the internet, but at the same time, well written Scala code can be as efficient as Java code, whilst retaining the beauty of a FP language. I'm doing a lot of Scala coding these days at Cake Solutions.
Common Lisp is an amazing but underrated language. I've studied it due
to my other passion: functional languages.
In my opinion functional programming is very funny and addictive, but you can love it or hate it. I've studied CL through the funniest book in the galaxy, "The Land of Lisp: Learn to program in Lisp, one game at time."
Sometimes called "The modern Lisp", Clojure is a Lisp-like language with an eye to concurrency and dynamic programming (and metaprogramming). I love Clojure, so I've realizd a bunch of project with it.
Lo and Behold
The list of languages I've been exposed to is much longer, but these are the language I've used or I'm using most. You can find a detailed list of my Linkedin profile (search under Hire me section).
I don't have a clue about what will lie in store for me in the future,
but I hope it will always be something exciting
and challenging, something worth getting up in the morning. How Confucio said:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."