This week we welcome David Goodger as our PyDev of the Week! David is the original author of reStructuredText and Docutils. He has an old school website where you can get an idea of what he’s been up to. Let’s take some time to get to know our fellow Pythonista!
Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):
In the Python world I’m best known as the creator of Docutils and reStructuredText. In addition, I have been active in the PSF, including a stint on the Board of Directors and chairing the PyCon 2008 and 2009 conferences in Chicago. I’m still a PEP (Python Enhancement Proposals) editor and I even once held the commit bit for the Python source tree, although I’ve let that lapse.
A proud Canadian, I grew up in the Montreal area. I graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a BSc in Computer Science. After graduating, I moved to Japan to teach English on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) programme. Did that for 2½ years, during which time I met and then married my wife, and I found work in my field in Japan. I worked for 2 years as a systems administrator at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo (local hire, not in the foreign service or as a diplomat!), then another 2½ years at a small company doing document processing. Back in Canada, we lived in Kitchener, Ontario and in a suburb of Montreal. We’ve been living in Minnesota, USA (in a first-ring suburb north of the Twin Cities) for almost 3 years now, and I’m working as a systems engineer. We have two children (a 19 year old son and a 17 year old daughter) and an adopted Border Collie mix dog.
Hobbies: I love cycling. I rode a week-long, 500 mile bike tour this past summer in Minnesota from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Iowa border, along the Mississippi River Trail, on my Vision Recumbent bike. I play poker recreationally, about once a week, in home games as part of the Minneapolis Rounders (where I’m known as “Canadian Dave”). I even host a cash game every month. My board game of choice is Go (which is how I first became interested in the Japanese language and culture), although I haven’t played much lately. And I love to read and watch movies in my down time.