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You may know that we've been building the Wikifunctions UX with the
frontend framework Vue.js <https://vuejs.org> since we started. Vue.js has been
selected as the frontend framework
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T241180> for all future Wikimedia
development efforts, and we've been enjoying the benefits of the
We wanted to share with you that we've extended the team with support from
two people from the consultancy This Dot <https://www.thisdot.co/> for the
next several months. They will both be working part time with the Abstract
Wikipedia team on Wikifunctions, helping us to develop a high performance
and scalable Vue.js UI layer. They may also support other teams with Vue
related auditing and support as needed.
Simone and Lindsay have been onboarding over the last two weeks, and we're
most thankful for their expertise. In their own words:
Simone is a self taught developer currently living in Wales (UK), but
originally from sunny Naples (Italy). He studied business and management,
obtaining a degree at Swansea University in 2011, but quickly fell in love
Simone started his career as a Junior Software Engineer in 2012, and has
since then progressed to become a Consultant working at This Dot helping
creating high performance teams, mentoring developers across the globe,
providing corporate training and supporting apprentices in their first
steps of their IT career.
During his career Simone has gained experience in many technologies (both
frontend and backend), but he has recently found his framework of choice in
VueJS, where he is a very active community member.
Simone's free time is spent with his lovely family, building with legos, or
cooking some delicious Italian food. When the kids are in bed, he also
likes to write blog posts <https://www.zelig880.com> and material for the
.Net Magazine, and join numerous online meetups and conferences like
Simone wanted to share this message with everyone:
"I have a very positive attitude in solving complex problems and always see
the glass half full. My wife usually says that my eyes really look at the
world differently. This 'can do' attitude has helped me since the day I
decided to move to the UK with just 170£ in my pocket, and it has been my
best companion ever since. I like to invest any time I have to help people
that are trying to get into development and help them change their lives."
Lindsay is a full stack Software Engineer at This Dot from Portland, OR.
She has always had a passion for web development, building community sites
and projects with PHP. She started her career as an IT professional in
2015, but in 2017, she switched career paths from IT administration to
development. She focused on learning Vue.js and Node, while exploring the
greater development community around them. Her curiosity drives her to
continue learning new languages and frameworks, and applying that knowledge
in her work.
Lindsay graduated from Western Governors University in 2020 with a
Bachelor's in Software Development, with a focus on C# applications. In
previous projects, Lindsay has worked across the development stack,
including on the database, backend services with many different languages,
and frontend with tools like React and Vue.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family, writing,
singing, and building the occasional side project. Lindsay previously
performed with a community choir, and still likes to keep up her singing
voice. Lindsay also has a passion for science fiction and fantasy, and
enjoys both writing and reading as much as time allows. She is also a host
on the podcast Views on Vue <https://devchat.tv/podcasts/views-on-vue/>, a
show focused on the community surrounding the Vue.js framework.
Please join us in welcoming Simone and Lindsay!
-The Abstract Wikipedia Team
The vote for the Wikifunctions logo concept
is ongoing until Monday, March 15.
Submissions for communities to join as focus languages
for Abstract Wikipedia and new developments on Wikidata are open until