I am a computer programmer from Uruguay who lives in Scotland. This is my personal website, but my main small corner of the internet is my blog Picando Código where I've been blogging since 2007.
My favourite programming language is Ruby, but I've written code in several languages along my career.
RubyGems I maintain
Open Data Projects
I think taking advantage of Open Data is one of the ways we, as programmers, can make the world a better place. I have worked on some Open Data projects and events and I'm a member of DATA: an Open Data, transparency and information access NGO. Here are some projects I've worked on:
Personal project, website with open data information related to cycling in the city of Montevideo
An app I worked on with DATA which uses open data from the Public Health Ministry to help users compare health companies and decide which one is best for them
MNAV API - API for the MNAV Museum Open Data
Personal project, an API that uses Open Data from Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and provides this information in JSON and XML.
Open data platform to report issues in your city such as broken lights, puddles, etc. Built during the Desarrollando América Latina 2013 hackathon.
Open Data project for the Desarrollando América Latina 2012 hackathon.
I have used WordPress for quite some time, built many websites with it and developed some plugins. My profile on the WordPress.org community is fernandobt. I used to contribute on WordPress Answers too.
Plugins I developed:
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Some other projects I've created:
- Super Simple Time Tracker - A Time Tracker to use in your web browser or as a web app. No log in or register required. Source code.
- Emacs.sexy - Website to promote Emacs. Source Code
- Instant 'Oh, The Humanity' - A website/web app I did just for fun. Source Code
I really enjoy writing and I've been doing it on my personal blog Picando Código since 2007.
Articles for other media in Spanish:
- la diaria: Navegar (casi) en soledad Article about internet privacy.
- la diaria: La ética hacker - article about hacker ethics.
- Interview for Sputnik: Hackers: ¿amigos o enemigos de los ciudadanos?
- Interview for Underground about my record label Entropía Records
Posts in English:
- 25 Days of Ruby Gems - Ruby Advent Calendar 2020: Day 9 - thegamesdb Gem - Get Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda ‘n’ More. API Client for TheGamesDB, an Open Database for Video Game Data.
- 25 Days of Ruby Gems - Ruby Advent Calendar 2020: Day 2 - elastic-enterprise-search gem - Workplace Search, App Search, and Site Search all together.
- Elastic blog: Elastic Enterprise Search API clients for Ruby and Python.
- Cultivate blog: Open sourcing our shared configuration for remote pairing: We open sourced our shared configuration for tmux, Spacemacs and other tools we use daily for development.
- Cultivate blog: Building and configuring a Phoenix app with Umbrella for releasing with Docker: A tutorial to understand how Phoenix, Umbrella, Distillery and Docker fit together.
- Cultivate blog: Spacemacs shared configuration - custom private layers: How we use a shared configuration file for Spacemacs and managed to add personal configurations on each machine too.
- Cultivate blog: Getting started with Docker - images and containers: A quick guide to get you up and running with Docker.
- Cultivate blog: Using HTTPS with Elixir on Cowboy: How to serve https from a simple Elixir app running locally with Cowboy in development mode
- Cultivate blog: Euruko 2017 - Budapest, Hungary: My experience at the Annual European Ruby Conference in Budapest.
I like going to conferences and I've done talks about Ruby, Open Data, work, programming and other subjects in meetups, conferences and I've been invited to talk at some Universities. I also worked in the organization of several events: RubyConf Uruguay, Ruby Meetups in Montevideo, Red Tecnológica del Este (general development meetup in Maldonado) as well as other related events.
You can find some of my slides on SpeakerDeck. Some of the conferences I remember having been to:
- 2021 - Elastic Community - 10 August - Elasticsearch & Ruby. A livestream focused on using Ruby and Elasticsearch together. Video.
- 2020 - Elastic Community Webinar - 10 November - Introduction into the Elastic Enterprise Search Clients. Video.
- 2020 - ElasticON Global - 13-15 October - Remote conference. Gave a talk about the Elastic Enterprise Search clients as part of The Elastic clients: Recent developments
- 2020 - Brighton Ruby - July 3rd - Remote conference
- 2019 - Code Elixir London 2019 - 18th July 2019 - London, England
- 2018 - WordCamp Edinburgh 2018 - 17th & 18th November 2018 - Edinburgh, Scotland
- 2018 - Elixir Conf EU 2018 - 16-17 April 2018, Training 18 April 2018 - Warsaw, Poland
- 2018 - Bath Ruby Conference 2018 - 22nd-23rd March 2018 - Bath, England
- 2017 - EuRuKo 2017 - 29th and 30th of September - Budapest, Hungary
- 2015 - Ruby Onlineconf - 4th of December - Online conference - I gave a talk about Ruby, Linux and Free Software. Video (in Spanish), slides.
- 2015 - JSConfUY 2015 - 24th–25th April 2015 - Uruguay, Montevideo
- 2015 - 3rd International Open Data Conference 2015 - 28th–29th May 2015 - Ottawa, Canada
- 2014 - Scottish Ruby Conference 2014 - 12th–13th May 2014 - Perthshire, Scotland
- 2014 - ScotlandJS 2014 - 9th–10th May 2014 - Edinburgh, Scotland
- 2014 - RubyConf Uruguay - 23rd–24th May 2014 - Montevideo, Uruguay (gave a talk).
- 2014 - RubyConf Argentina 2014 - 24th–25th October 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2014 - JSConfUY 2014 - 14th–15th March 2014 - Montevideo, Uruguay - I gave a workshop about Firefox OS.
- 2013 - tech MeetupUY 2013 - 23rd November 2013 = Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2013 - Scottish Ruby Conference 2013 - 12th–13th May 2013 - Perthshire, Scotland
- 2013 - ScotlandJS 2013 - 9th–10th May 2013 - Edinburgh, Scotland
- 2013 - RubyConf Uruguay 2013 - 22nd–23rd March 2013 - Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2013 - RubyConf Argentina 2013 - 27th–28th November 2013 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2013 - Conferencia Sobre Datos Abiertos en América Latina y el Caribe - 26th–27th June 2013 - Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2012 - RubyConf Argentina 2012 - 19th–20th October 2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2012 - PyConUy 2012 - 10th–11th November 2012 - Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2012 - Mozilla MDN Hack Day in Montevideo - 24th April 2012 - Montevideo, Uruguay - I gave a talk about the web as a tool for social change
- 2012 - BrazilJS - 30th–31st August 2012 - Porto Alegre, Brazil
- 2011 - Rubyconf Uruguay - Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2010 - Rubyconf Uruguay - Montevideo, Uruguay
- 2007 - JavaUy 2007 - 11th-12th October, 2007 - Montevideo, Uruguay
I run an independent punk rock record label: Entropía Records. I've published some albums from local bands and produced and helped with several gigs. These are the CD's we've released so far:
- Chango Munks – We Want All Your Minds. Scotland, 2022
- Punkzer – 10:10. Uruguay, 2016
- Artista Desconocido – Album sin título. Uruguay, 2015
- Gogo Squat – Gogoland. Uruguay, 2010
- Nada Que Hacer – Punto Impropio. Uruguay, 2009