About

My (real) name is Rafael Alvarez. I was born July 8, 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela.

When I was really young (around 5 or 6, IIRC) I wanted to me a Chemist, like my Mother and my Grandfather. That was until my mother gave me a Commodore Vic-20 as a present when I was 7... From that very time I knew what my future was: Programming. Latter I broaden my views and put myself a higher goal, to be a Software Developer, so I could not only bend the computer to my will and create beauty from nothingless but to create complexity through simplicity.

I got a degree in Computer Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) with minors in Computer Language Theory (Focus on Virtual Machines and static optimizations like Partial Evaluation), Artificial Intelligence (focus on Planning and rule-based systems) and Benchmarking (focus on Web-based Applications)

According to the Jung-Myers-Briggs test, I'm a INTJ person. It describes me pretty well, so perhaps they're not that wrong.

I have been always passionate about programming: I see it more as a craft than as a science.


Over the years, I have taken several online tests for fun, you can see the results here