Open Mic Spotlight: Rossella Sblendido

Rossella.OpenStackThis 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.  If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Rossella is a software engineer at SUSE. She has studied in three countries (Italy, Germany and Spain) and holds a MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. She enjoys developing software, solving complex problems and learning new technologies. 

1. Finish the sentences. OpenStack is great for _______. OpenStack is bad for ______.

OpenStack is great for its community and challenging environment. OpenStack is bad for the amount of information I process every day.

2. Get creative – create an OpenStack haiku! 

It is virtual, 

But OpenStack is real too. 

Long live OpenStack! 

3. How would you explain this job to your grandmother?

Grandma, I don’t produce anything that you can touch. I am a kind of poet, but my words are not about my feelings or thoughts. My words talk to the computer and make it do what I want. I am a kind of computer tamer.

4. What does “open source” mean to you?

Open source means transparency and community. You can learn from other people’s code and you can give your opinion. You can fix bugs when you encounter them. There’s a community, you interact with people from all over the world and work for different companies to get things done.

5. How did you learn to code? Were you self-taught, or did you learn in college? On the job?

I had to learn some code in college, but I didn’t like it and I was not very good at it, to be honest. I started appreciating coding during my master thesis, which extended to the job, where I learned most of my skills.

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