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OpenMic Spotlight: Sergey Lukjanov

SergeyThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. 

Sergey Lukjanov is a Senior Software Engineer at Mirantis. He’s the Project Technical Leader of Savanna project and he focuses on Savanna, Infra and Oslo initiatives. Sergey is experienced in Big Data projects and technologies (Hadoop, HDFS, Cassandra, Twitter Storm, etc.) and enterprise-grade solutions. He’s contributing to different open source projects now, including Twitter Storm and OpenStack. Follow him on Twitter at @lukjanovsv

1. What do you think is the coolest thing that’s happened with OpenStack over the past three years?

I think that it’s an enormous growth of both community and adoption. You can now see folks from totally different companies contributing to and using OpenStack.

2. How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you learn in college? On-the-job? 

That’s my initiative — to start coding and take part in different programmer-specific things. :) Unfortunately, there were not very helpful lessons in college. There was some kind of real wish to understand what it’s all about — and this wish is still with me. It’s so amazing to find solutions for problems that you couldn’t even think about yesterday, and to imagine what interesting tasks you’ll face tomorrow.

3. Where’s your favorite place to code? In the office, at a local coffee shop? In bed? 

It depends, really. I always do a lot in the office, but there are many activities not connected with programming there like meetings, Launchpad, Gerrit things and so on. So, if we’re speaking about coding itself, I love doing that at home — usually with some coffee and cookies.

4. How did you first get involved in OpenStack?

OpenStack is our company’s main vector of development and future, so even when I was not completely involved in OpenStack projects, I spent time learning and understanding how it works. At that time, I was taking part in different Big Data initiatives including Twitter Storm, and I continued working on it as a part of the OpenStack ecosystem. I started working on OpenStack during early 2012. Creating an OpenStack cloud future is a big challenge for me, and I really appreciate that I have this opportunity.

5. Be honest – are you more likely to know your project collaborators by their IRC nic or their actual name?

Of course, by their real names. IRC nics are better than nothing, sure, but I’d like to know all of the guys I’m working with by their actual names, and see them in real life — not only on IRC meetings and calls. I know almost every Savanna contributor personally, and I believe that these simple human relationship are still really important to do the most effective job. On the other side, IRC nics are very useful for setting up auto highlights. ;)

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