Who are you?

My name is Edwin Onuonga. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and shortly moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates where I lived for most of my childhood and teenage years.

I now currently live in Edinburgh, Scotland, but here are some other countries I've visited.

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I know, not much... But there are some tiny islands I've been to which you can't really see here, like Seychelles, Mauritius and Singapore. Also the Kenyan passport is super weak — you can't blame me!

What do you do?

I am currently studying a degree in Computer Science at The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

The full details and academic content of the degree can be found here, but here are a few of my favourite subject areas that are covered in the degree path that I chose:

What are your interests?

Academic and computing-related

Ruby

My favourite programming language definitely has to be Ruby.

Ruby has a rich infrastructure of gems (Ruby's term for libraries), specifically when it comes to web frameworks. The simplicity and clarity of the language makes for more readable applications and DSLs. As the Ruby website puts it:

Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

Currently my only projects in Ruby have been CLIs, APIs, web applications and frameworks, core class extensions and other small utility gems.

I tend to use Sinatra for my web projects and therefore have limited proficiency in Rails.

Other languages

Non-academic

Bouldering

When I'm not in front of a computer you'll often find me on a wall. A good friend introduced me to the sport of bouldering and it quickly became my favourite sport.

Since my girlfriend introduced me to roped climbing and belaying, I've also slowly been improving my top-rope abilities.

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I am yet to attempt lead climbing (and probably won't until I'm more confident with top-roping), but a goal of mine is to get to the point where I can lead climb outdoors.